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Icon #5 Review


Rocket laments that her life may have just become a best seller, superhero, expecting a baby, and her Grandmother has found out she’s pregnant and her mother will pretty seen as well.

Elsewhere Icon and Blood Syndicate fight and He recognizes that one of their members is an alien like himself stranded on this planet.

Rocket’s grandmother explains to her how she came into this world and laments that if she keeps the child she will have to grow it herself.  She confronts the would be baby father with disastrous results.

Icon is left at Blood Syndicates mercy when he refuses to go all out and they are out for blood. As he lays unconscious they decide to kill him.

The Good

Great action for those who desire more beat downs for their bucks! The blood syndicate are shown as a very capable team and all their powers are used to great effect, it was also nice seeing that Icon is not the only Alien on our planet. They also came off exactly as a bunch of thugs and gang bangers who happened to now have powers. They also don’t trust Icon thanks to his rescue of the mayor and his very proper manner of speaking which is predictable. Anyone who knows ghettos or rural areas knows if you speak differently you’re the “alien” and treated as such.

The speech of Rocket’s grandmother to her was moving and also very relatable as children often make the same mistakes their own parents did and in cases like teenage pregnancy the girls usually get sassed about being just like their mothers. It’s a psychological thing though as abandoned women are usually attracted to men who will abandon them and abused become abusers. It’s the nature vs nurture debacle.

I also loved seeing the would the baby father and the dreaded question every man has asked at one point or another “is it mine?” lol that brought back some very funny memories for me dating back to high school. Great stuff McDuffie! ;)  also of note was the trip down memory lane with the boyfriend’s hair style lol a jersey also known as kid and play back in the 90’s, thanks for the memories Duff :)

Art continues to hold true to series standards.

The Bad

Icon again gets his ass handed to him although that may be an exaggeration on my part :P but seriously he’s been slapped around every issue thus far. Perhaps McDuffie is poking fun at the “superman” mythos :)

The action seemed to take over most of the book when frankly Icon really ain’t that entertaining without Rocket front and centre.

The Ugly


Wise Son

Wise Son

Wise Son

Publisher: Milestone Media

First Appearance: Blood Syndicate #1, April 1993

Created by: Dwayne McDuffie, Ivan Velez Jr. and Denys Cowan

Real Name: Hannibal White

Nationality: American

Weight: 190 lbs    Height: 5’11

Eyes: Black              Hair: Black

Relatives: Esme White (mother), Edmund White (son), Cornelia White (sister)

 Powers: Wise son possess a super dense molecular structure granting him a high level of invulnerability and resistance to injury. A side effect of this is his enhanced strength. He is also able to extend this invulnerability to those he touches but has little control over this.

Wise son was one of the founders of Nur Al-Allah (Lamp of God), the Islamic contingent of the Paris Bloods. As a gang member in Dakota he was present at the Big Bang event.When the tear gas hit the gangs he was knocked out cold. When he woke up he heard the sirens and fled instinctively. He got as far as Willis Avenue when he ran into some cops. Hannibal thought he was busted but the cops fled as their van blew up. Pinned by the truck , he should have died but instead found himself unharmed. The shock of the event caused him to wet himself [Blood Syndicate #3].

The Origin of Wise Son from Blood Syndicate #3

The Origin of Wise Son from Blood Syndicate #3

When he discovered he was indestructible he took it as a sign of a ‘holy mission”. With a new lease on life he decided to stay away from the gang life and returned home to his sister. Holocaust hunted him down and threatening his family forced him to join Wise Son’s new gang. Together they busted up a drug ring and recruited Masquerade. Together they formed the Blood Syndicate [Blood Syndicate #9].

His past with the Paris Bloods made him one of the more Bloodthirsty and often sexist members of the team. He constantly got into it with teammate Brickhouse [Blood Syndicate #1]. When Holocaust challenged Tech-9 it was Hannibal who made sure no one interfered in the fight regardless of outcome [Blood Syndicate #2-3]. After teammate Tech-9 died he took the mantle of leadership [Blood Syndicate #4].

Hannibal had a hot-tempered nature which lead to conflict with Icon and Rocket though they later called a truce [Icon #5-6]. He is a hard-line Islamic fundamentalist in many respects and continuously attempts to steer the Blood Syndicate towards these beliefs.

Milestone Forever

He later clashed with Holocaust over leadership of the team; he defeated him and maintained leadership and later saved Icon from an ambush. He also had a son named Edmund.

Batman-Wayne Williams

Created by: Stan Lee and Joe Kubert

1st appearance: Just Imagine Stan Lee with Joe Kubert Creating Batman (September 2001)

Nationality: American

Legal Status: unknown

Team Affiliations: The Justice League

Weight: 230 lbs    Height: 6’3

Eyes: Brown           Hair: Black (shaved bald)

Relatives: Deceased

Skills and Abilities: Boxing skills he learned in prison and trained wrestler.

Powers: He has no inate powers but his costume grants him night vision lenses to see in the dark and into the infra red spectrum, Kevlar weave costume makes him bulletproof and allows for a degree of protection from physical attack, sensors to magnify sound and cape-like bat wings to glide on air currents.


Wayne grew up the son of a policeman who was killed in the line of duty. As a young man he found himself set up for a crime he didnt commit. In Prison he took up body building and boxing as a means of defending himself. Wayne also befriended a man named Grant who helped him hone skills such as sewing and business. While in prison his mother dies and he vows revenge on “Handz” the man who framed him.

When the prison riots he saves the warden and is given a full pardon. Once free he is hunted by Handz so he adopts the secret identity of masked wrestler “Batman”. He never unmasks in public and goes on to become a major celebrity and very wealthy. Realizing he would need help to defeat handz he seeks out grant who he entrusts with his secret identity. Grant uses his technical skills to build him a better costume and equipment. Wayne then sets up Grant in a mansion and pretends to be his bodyguard so as not to attract attention. When Wayne finally finds hands and confronts him, he accidentally falls to his death.

No longer seeking vengeance he starts a crusade against crime and becomes a symbol for the weak and innocent.

Brother Voodoo-Laurent

Created by: Unknown

1st appearance: Unknown

Alias: Lord of the Loa

Nationality: Unknown

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Pirate and freedom fighter wanted by the British.

Weight: 250 lbs    Height: 6’4

Eyes: Brown        Hair: Black and white

Relatives: Alexandre (brother, deceased)

Skills and abilities: Skilled hand to hand combatant and sword fighter

Powers: Trained by the African gods in the art of voodoo

He can summon the spirit of his Alexandre to enhance his physical attributes to superhuman levels and strengthen his magic.


Laurent and his brother Alexandre were freedom fighters and pirates off the coast of Haiti during slavery. When his brother was killed by the Schango a witch doctor and turned into a zombie, a slave who could not rebel he found himself recruited by the gods themselves who offered him their power thus making him the first mortal lord of the loa and Brother Voodoo. He also gave him an ultimate spell which could be used if all else had failed.

Laurnet as the first brother voodoo went straight to the source and battled schango. The experience of the elder sorcerer was too great and Laurent was defeated and on the verge of death used the ultimate spell Legba had given him and his being was infused with the spirit of his dead twin brother Laurent. So great was the strain that his hair was instantly stroke with a streak of white. With his new found strength he defeated his nemesis thus ending the threat.

Laurent would then pass on the teachings of Legba to his student and thus the line of Lord of the Loa/brother voodoo was born.

After Fear itself Black Panther joins the Avengers!

They say an image is worth a thousand words so I’ll let this new image of the post fear itself Avengers team speak!

Black Panther Avenger once more!

Thank the heavens The Black Panther will…..after years of operating on his own and recently living in Hell’s Kitchen he will be an Avenger once more! :)

Orpheus-Gavin King

Orpheus-Gavin King

Created by: Alex Simmons and Dwayne Turner

1st appearance: Batman: Orpheus Rising #1, 2001

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: none

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: 5’10              Weight: 220

Eyes: Brown         Hair: Black

Relatives: Unnamed Parents (deceased)

Skills and abilities: Accomplished dancer, singer, martial artist, tactician, and leader.

Powers: His costume grants him enhanced resistance to injury. The gauntlets possesses short retractable claws on the knuckles, the ability to fire projectiles. It also has sonic emitters, holographic projectors


Gavin was born to an ex-dancer mother and ex-soldier turned T.V sports producer. He never quite fit into the mold of “young black man”, instead of shooting hoops an roaming the streets he danced and excelled at academics. After his habits made him the target of bullies his parents enrolled him in martial arts. To him it was another dance and he excelled at it. After High school he joined a dance troupe and toured the world. His travels lead to  a life changing experience as poverty, sickness and injustice were all around him. He tried to make a difference but was almost killed. This caught the attention of an organization trying to protect the innocent and save the world. They trained him extensively in martial arts and gave him a custom made power suit to aid him in battle.

With his training complete he returned to his home town of Gotham City. In a bid to fight crime and give the Black People of Gotham a symbol he became Orpheus, Gotham’s socially conscious superhero. He helped minimize drug and gun traffic in his district even though Batman considered him a “wild card”. The assassin Onyx became his bodyguard as they made a difference all over Gotham as symbols for the Black Community.

Orpheus is eventually killed by Black Mask during “War Games”.




Created by:  Paul Ryan and Tom DeFalco

1st appearance: Fantastic Four #391, 1994

Nationality: Wakandan

Team Affiliations: Fantastic Force

Legal Status: Wakandan citizen with no criminal record

Height: 5’10″              Weight:175 lbs

Eyes: Brown             Hair: Black

Relatives: A’Kane (Mother, deceased), Unidentified Father (Deceased), N’Kano (Grandfather)

Skills and abilities: Skilled hand to hand combatant

Powers: Vibraxas can generate vibrations which manifest in a number of ways; Destructive shockwaves, subtle Frequency matching and phasing of him self and others through solid objects.  These powers are not natural thus his body has no natural immunity to them. He must wear a protective harness at all times to regulate his powers or he could shatter his own bones.


Seeking to make an alternate power source for their country beyond the Vibranium Mound which had become the basis of its society, wakandan scientists lead by A’Kane developed the Vibrasurge project. The new energy source Vibrasurge proved highly unstable however and the resulting explosion killed many and mutated others into a single monstrous entity which called itself the Vibravore. This creature was cast into an alternate reality due to its powers. N’Kano found himself mutated from the explosion and buried in the wreckage. His powers were also unstable and when he instinctively lashed out with his powers he not only freed himself but shattered his own bones. The Black Panther outfitted him with a regulator harness to help him use his powers as he recovered. After recovering he traveled with the Black Panther to America in hopes that the Fantastic Four could aid him in the use of his powers. Their arrival was just in time as they aided the team in fighting off Dark Raider who was an alternate version of Reed Richards. His new allies Psi Lord, Huntara and Devlor aided him in defeating Klaw and under the orders of the Black Panther they formed Fantastic Force funded by the Black Panther. After many battles their ranks expanded to include Black Panther, She Hulk and the Human Torch. He briefly lost control of his powers and killed a man in self defense though he was later pardoned. When the Vibrasurge project was reopened he opposed immediately and came into conflict with the newly returned Vibravore who he defeated and freed the people therein. This all culminated with financial backing of Fantastic Force stopped and him leaving Wakanda after his team disbanded. In America he lost control of his powers again and returned to Wakanda for treatment. He fell in love with Chante Brown/Queen Divine Justice who was one of the Dora Milaje. When Chante was kidnapped by the Man Ape he rushed to rescue her only to learn she was the princess of the white Gorilla Cult called the Jabari. He was instrumental in stopping civil war from erupting between the Jabari and the Black Panther’s people when he and Chante called a truce. His current whereabouts are unknown.

New Promo Image for the Avengers Movie!

Directed by Joss Whedon, the anticipated Marvel Studios film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgård. The movie hits theaters on May 4, 2012.

Thanks to Superhero Hype we now have this working cover to an upcoming collection entitled “Road to the Avengers,”  which collects previously-released movie tie-in comics.

  Press release: Gear up for the upcoming Avengers movie with these official in-movie continuity stories starring Avengers mainstays Iron Man, Captain America and the Agents S.H.I.E.L.D.! First, it’s an expanded re-imagining of the original Iron Man, featuring bonus scenes not in the movie! Then, it’s an all-new Iron Man adventure! What happened between the events of Iron Man and Iron Man 2? How did Tony Stark put a new chapter in the history books? And how did Iron Man break and rewrite all the rules? Then, it’s Black Widow, Nick Fury and Agent Coulson in espionage action! Think you know S.H.I.E.L.D.? Check out what you DIDN’T see in the movies! And finally, it’s the official comics prequel to the blockbuster Captain America! Steve Rogers is the inspiration for millions during the dark days of World War Two — but where did he get his inspiration from? How did he meet his best friend, “Bucky” Barnes? And what set him on the path to becoming the First Avenger? Experience an all-new Cap adventure on the European battlefields.

Midnight’s Fire


Midnight’s Fire-Aaron Chord

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley

1st appearance: The New Warriors #2 (May 1990)

Alias: Midnight Fire, Night Thrasher’s rival, Mirror Twin

Team Affiliations: New Warriors, Folding Circle

Legal Status: U.S citizen with criminal record

Height: 6’3              Weight: 220 lbs

Eyes: Brown                  Hair: Black

Relatives: Michael Chord (father), Silhouette Chord (twin sister), Miyami (mother), Tai (Grandmother)

Skills and Abilities:  He is a master thief, a master hunter, experienced gang member and leader. He is also trained in multiple martial arts forms, combat styles.

Powers: He has peak human level attributes including strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes and sensory acuity. He also has a measure of enhanced durability having survived immersion in hydrochloric acid unscathed.

He also carries a variety of spiked blades of a variety of specifications.


Early Years

Aaron is a descendant of the Dragon’s breath cult, a centuries old people who tried to master the “well of all things”, an inter-dimensional breach in Cambodia which held fantastic power. After his father married his mother and took her to America he was born with his twin sister Silhouette. His mother feared that their grandmother would sacrifice them to the well so she could gain greater power so she faked her own death and abandoned them in China Town new York. Him and his sister were orphans who developed peak human physical traits and studied a variety of martial arts. They eventually joined the street gang the “Concrete Dragons”.

After their gang was wiped out by another they took to being vigilantes to end the gang violence. Here they met Dwayne Taylor and the three made a pact to fight crime together. When Dwayne prevented him from killing a police officer who held his sister hostage and left her paralyzed from the waist down he was enraged. He left Dwayne a scar to remind him of his failure and his promise of revenge. Aaron nursed his sister back to health before staring on his revenge plan.

He reformed the Concrete Dragons now armed with advanced weapons technology and killed two police officers to lure Night Thrasher into an ambush. He beat Night Thrasher severely until his sister voiced her disapproval of his methods. With his confidence gone he lost the battle and was jailed but not before Night thrasher gave him a scar mirroring his own.

He was eventually rescued from prison by the folding circle lead by “Left Hand” which included other descendants of the Dragon’s breath cult. They also forcefully recruited Night Thrasher and later learned their true parents identity and past before killing his grandmother Tai and ending her schemes.

Later Years

He kept the “Folding Circle” together after the death of Left Hand and took them to Madripoor where they allied with it’s leader Tyger Tiger. In Madripoor they ran amok of Night Thrasher and forcefully recruited his sister Silhouette into the team. The team disbanded soon after and he returned to America here he was defeated by Donyell Taylor unknown to him Night Thrasher’s 1/2 brother.

When Night Thrasher was killed he allied with Donyell to gather mystical items so he could save Dwayne’s life. After handing over the items he warned Donyell of the forces with which he played. He then disappeared again.

Warren Ellis on Blade & Black Panther 2099

Straight from the horses mouth (or fingers as the case may be) come tales of what could have and should have been:

I remember being asked to pitch for a mooted BLACK PANTHER 2099 book at Marvel. The book actually never happened at all. I imagine none of the pitches were up to snuff, and they just killed the idea. I dimly remember mine being a sort of terrifying “Fear Of A Black Planet”/Huey P. Newton thing, with Black Panther Cells run from Marvel’s fictional African country Wakanda destabilising corporate-run America. I think I used some of the stuff in there for my later DOOM 2099 sequence. I wasn’t happy at doing the foot race: I got paid, and my foot hadn’t been in the door that long, and I supposed this was just the way things were done. But I had a feeling that maybe it wasn’t the best way to do things.

I also took part in a run-off for a BLADE comics series. You didn’t always find out whom you were in competition with, but this time I’d discovered that I was running against my good friend Ian Edginton. It was awkward, but we had a teddibly English gentlemen’s-manners thing about the whole situation, and I was delighted for him when he got the book. Also slightly irritated, because I could have used the money, and as corporate jobs go it had some potential for fun and advancement. But I’d obviously rather the gig go to a friend if it had to go to anyone but me. I remember that Ian ran into problems on the book straight away. And a few months later the editor phoned me and asked me if I’d take over the book.

I was young, and arrogant, and a bit of a prick, and I said to him, “No. You should have got it right the first time.” Which was offensive on a number of levels, not least to poor Ian, who did not deserve the inference. But I didn’t get anywhere without having a degree of security in my own talent. And I was pissed off.

Hmm interesting, one problem though Warren Ellis…Black Panther 2099 did happen… a one shot it didn’t quite die the way you think it did :P

Source: Warren Ellis Dot Com


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