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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 327

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Uncollected Classics week is over, but here’s another strong “Uncollected Classic,” Milestone Comics’ Blood Syndicate, specifically the first four issues, by Dwayne McDuffie, Ivan Velez, Jr., Trevor Von Eeden, James Fry, Arvell Jones and Andrew Pepoy…


It’s funny, when I first read Blood Syndicate #1 years ago when it came out, I was worried about the plot device of having a white reporter be the introduction to the Blood Syndicate, the super-powered gang.

However, looking back, I think it really does work – there is a lot of exposition to get across, so having a reporter do it is smart, and having it be someone from outside of their normal world is probably a good idea. So, 18 years later, let me say, “My bad, Dwayne McDuffie and Ivan Velez, Jr.!”

Here we see the book open with the reporter going to do a story on the Syndicate…

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Pretty neat intro, huh?

Later in the first issue, there’s a cute character piece on the leader of the group, Tech 9, who seems a bit of a Lone Ranger-type…

Gory, but cute.

Issue #1 ends with a strong piece of characterization as we see Tech 9 and Holocaust come to loggerheads over the direction of the gang…

This leads to the brilliant #2, which is a really great issue, as the two await their battle to determine who leads the group, and we meet one of the coolest members of the group, Dogg…

And then the battle starts – McDuffie and Velez really shined with their work here…

Awesome, right?

This leads to a battle with some bad guys in #3 and #4 that includes a twist so dramatic that I am not going to show any of it, except to note, that, wow, it was one heck of a risk, especially coming after the awesomeness of #2.

So go find these issues, people!

Oh, and DC, could you please collect these issues?


man I used to have all this stuff as a kid. I was obsessive about milestone.

Those icon and hardware trades have given me a lot of hope.

nice pick for thought blood sydicate was milestones own version of the jla just rough around the edges. one would think since dc aquired milestone they would let the stuff be able to find new fans by recollecting it .

Wish they’d drag more of these characters into DC mainstream – BS was a lot of fun. Third Rail’s costume is worse than I remember though – he’s got some Cosmic Boy 1970s bustier action going on there.

I was fortunate enough to track down the full run years ago. I’ve been trying to do the same with all the Milestone stuff, but some of the longer-running series (really, the other three original series: Icon, Hardware, and Static) seem to elude me.

Xombi is another fantastic pick-up from Milestone. I think personally it outranks Blood Syndicate, though BS is definitely my favorite of the first four titles (Xombi, Shadow Cabinet, and Kobalt were added later). Shadow Cabinet is really solid too. Milestone’s team books could teach the rest of the comics world a lesson in how teams should work.

classic stuff. i miss it so much

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