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Rival members of Dakota’s most powerful gangs, they were exposed to an experimental tear gas that left them more than human. Forced by extraordinary circumstance to band together, they now face Society’s problems on their own terms, by their own rules-the only way they know how.
The Blood Syndicate began with a dispute between Dakota’s street gangs that led to the disaster known as the big bang. Skirmishes between the Paris Bloods and the Fox Demons over drug money exploded when the demons also stumbled into a turf war with the force Syndicate. The Paris bloods and the force syndicate united against the demons who allied with the Paris Bloods foes the Sadler All Stars. The Doble Eles joined the Paris Bloods to even things up, and battle plans were drawn. (Skybox Milestone Trading card 10, Blood Syndicate I)
Preparation for the Big Bang were extensive, each gang knew alliances would be short lived at best. Each gang made secret plans to betray even the most solemn of pacts. Some of the smaller satellite gangs also made cross alliances all their plans would prove insufficient in the face of what the authorities had in store. (Skybox Milestone Trading card 11, Blood Syndicate II)
News of the impending violence is hard to keep secret and word of the BIG BANG was no exception. The police heard about the upcoming gang war in plenty of time to discuss their options with the mayor’s office. Public outcry over the crime rate and an upcoming reelection made the choice clear. Coordinating the city’s elite law enforcement teams with a technical assist from Alva technologies, a final strike against dakota’s gangs was planned. (Skybox Milestone Trading card 12, Blood Syndicate III)
City of Dakota mayor Thomasina Jefferson decided to go all out in her efforts to thwart the Big Bang. In addition to ordering a curfew to be enforced by the city’s elite cops S.H.R.E.D and G.R.I.N.D she also decided to test an Alva Technologies “Bonus’ an experimental tear gas laced with a radioactive dye. Anyone with a trace of the dye could be tracked down by the radioactive signature of the gas. No one at the Big Bang would escape-Prosecution that is. (Skybox Milestone Trading card 13, Blood Syndicate IV)
No one anticipated the sheer Chaos that the Big Bang became. Nine of Dakota’s most deadly military forces would clash, only two of them on the side of law and order. Even hardened police veterans had a difficult time maintaining control. The Experimental gas was deployed almost immediately: by the time its full effects were known, it was too late. (Skybox Milestone Trading card 14, Blood Syndicate V)
The experimental gas provided by Alva technologies was a far more final solution to Dakota’s gang problem than anticipated. The radioactive dye marker killed most of those it tagged, instead of leaving them alive to be tracked down later. The gas seeped through police gas masks and protective garments as well and many S.H.R.E.D and G.R.I.N.D officers died alongside the gang members. (Skybox Milestone Trading card 15, Blood Syndicate VI)
As Police units deserted the scene of devastation that would come to be known as the Big Bang, the high tech systematics went to work, silently picking over the scene. They removed a number of bodies including those of Kwai and Brickhouse, covering any trace of their presence. The Nature of systems role in these events has never been adequately explained. (Skybox Milestone Trading card 16, Blood Syndicate VII)
Finally, too few of the victims staggered to their feet, astonished that they had survived, but survived as what? Some had twisted bodies with remarkable abilities, some gained amazing powers. All had been forever changed, many of them made their way independently to the area’s largest landmark-the abandoned Louislier factory. (Skybox Milestone Trading card 17, Blood Syndicate VIII)
In the Weeks following the Big Bang, Dakota’s woes dominated the national news. A reliable death count and eyewitnesses to the debacle never materialized. The state legislature made Paris Island an ‘Enterprise Zone’, but the precise nature of the aid to be offered is still under debate. The site of the Big Bang, now known as ‘Ground Zero’ belongs to the Blood Syndicate-for now. (Skybox Milestone Trading card 18, Blood Syndicate IX)
Milestone Comics/Milestone Media was created by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and Derek T. Dingle. as a response to mainstream comics lack of diversity as it relates to the use and execution of minority superheroes. Noteworthy scribe Christopher Priest was also present during the founding process though he dropped out before they signed a deal with DC Comics.
Deal with DC Comics
Unlike other independent comics Milestone comics signed a publishing deal with DC Comics in which they retained most if not all of the creative control over their creations:
“(1) that they would retain total creative control; (2) that they would retain all copyrights for characters under the Milestone banner; and (3) that they would have the final say on all merchandising and licensing deals pertaining to their properties. In essence, DC had in effect licensed the characters, editorial services, and creative content of the Milestone books for an annual fee and a share of the profits” Brown, Jeffrey A. (2001).Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics and their Fans
Long Hot Summer
During 1995 – 1996 Milestone cancelled many of it’s lower end books due to low sales before ceasing production (on comics) altogether in 1997 leaving many series with unresolved plots.
Despite the cancellation of its comics line Milestone media later found great success in the animated series Static Shock which aired on kids WB and has become know world wide through syndication. As a result of this the company now primarily operates as a licensing firm related to said series.
In 2008 Dan Didio promised a return of the Milestone characters to Dc comics starting with Static in the ongoing Teen Titans. Around that time Dwayne Mcduffie was the writer for the Justice League ongoing where he used Icon, Rocket and the Shadow Cabinet in a crossover which showed that the merger between DC and Milestone which occurred in World’s collide was still in continuity. When Mcduffie was fired from the Justice League ongoing no further reference was made to that storyline or the milestone characters.
During the DC Comics New 52 event of 2011 Static was given a new ongoing series written by John Rozum and illustrated by Scott McDaniel. It was quickly cancelled due to low sales and infighting among the creative team. Icon, Rocket and Static were later featured on cartoon network’s Young Justice before it’s cancellation.
The Big Bang should have been the Gotterdammerung of Dakota’s gangs. A Finale Battle to decide turf; but police intervention killed most of its participants, leaving the rest with bodies and/or abilities tailored to their wildest dreams…and beyond.
The full list of survivors is not fully cataloged, but includes:
The Blood Syndicate-Super powered remnants of two gangs
First Appearance: Defender #7, 2012
This special plant grows only in Wakanda on west ward facing trees on the edge of the country.
What it does
The Soul shaped one to access the psyche scape of ancestral memory. All past black panthers are said to reside in this psyche scape allowing the current mantle holder to commune with their ancestors. Interestingly it wasn’t until after Bast the Panther god was killed during the Chaos War that this herb was first seen and used. Before it can be used it must first be made into an elixir.
Those known to have successfully used the Heart shaped herb
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First Appearance: Black Panther #1, 1977
Created by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Given to king Soloman during his reign as a gift and later buried with him in his tomb. It has fallen into many hands over the centuries and led to many disasters, inspiring tales of the lochness monster and Alladin’s lamp. It eventually wound up in the hands of Azzari the Wise who sealed it away in hopes of preventing more disasters. Again it wound up in the wrong hands, this time one of the collectors, Alfred Queely who accidentally summoned an ancient warlord who killed him. Black Panther and another collector Mr. Little who ended up on an adventure with Princess Zanda when the second frog was found. Black Panther seemingly destroyed them but they would show up a few more times to cause mayhem for the Black Panther and later his wife storm after they got married.
Powers: One frog has the power to send one through time and space from the present to the future or past, the other has the power to return one to their original place in the time stream, from the past or future to the present. Combined they can help one to traverse time itself and even alternate dimensions. They are seen as unpredictable and dangerous.
Unknown to many the frogs themselves are sentient and often traverse the time stream and observe possible outcomes like the Watcher. One of them has even been observed in dialogue with the watcher over the ramifications of Storm and T’challa being married.