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DC Returns to ’90s Concept BLOODLINES with a New Mini from Krul and Marion

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Towards the past few days, news has been sparse regarding the publishing news line-up for DC, Now we’re starting to see lots of news articles and announcements from the publisher in advance of upcoming solicitations.

DC is returning to an old concept with a title known as Bloodlines that debuted in ’93. Comics writer J.T. Krul (Teen Titans) is returning to DC with a tale featuring art from V. Ken Marion (Fathom: The Elite Saga.) The team has worked together on titles from Aspen comics previously and reuniting as a creative team for the DC comic. The new title is a six-issue mini that differs from the original concept that saw an alien infestation with effect that rippled throughout the DC Universe.

CBR broke the news and shared preview art and a solicitation for the brand new event. The solicitation describes the comic as a “dark and horrifying science-fiction epic,” which seems suitable given that the full name of the comic is Bloodlines: Hostile Takeover the comic is slated for an April 2016 debut. The story centers around a few individuals from a small town trying to fight off an alien invasion.

BLOODLINES #1 “HOSTILE TAKEOVER”
Written by J.T. Krul
Art and cover by V. Ken Marion
1:25 variant cover by Jill Thompson
On sale APRIL 6 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED T

When a meteor crashes to Earth, bringing with it an unspeakable alien presence that terrorizes a nearby small town, the lucky ones die first. As for the rest, they find themselves locked in a hellish struggle for control of their bodies and their minds. This isn’t just an invasion. It’s an infestation. What would you do if the greatest threat to humanity was hidden away inside you?

Award-winning writer J.T. Krul (Teen Titans, Green Arrow, Jirni) and superstar-in-the-making V. Ken Marion (All New Soulfire, Jirni) bring you their dark and horrifying science-fiction epic about tortured souls who are cursed to a fate worse than death…much worse.

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  1. “Bloodlines” was close to the nadir of 90s DC output (probably the one with the international heroes what’s name I have blanked on was the worst, but this is close), so it’s hard for me to see how the market orders the first issue much over 20k without some sort of amazing full court press of marketing, promotion, and getting retailers genuinely excited about the specific content.

    Because my very first thought upon reading that solicit was “Uh, ‘Subs +1′”. And my second thought was “Which will be two copies total at each store”

    I would *adore* being convinced that said initial flash-perception is wildly, crazily wrong…. but I don’t think so?

    -B

  2. I would really like to know who was the brilliant mind who thought that reviving BLOODLINES was the best way to take DC out of the sales slump.

    Blooodlines, dammit. It was the butt of jokes even at the time! Who thought it was a goood idea?!?

  3. The original Bloodlines spawned the abomination of a character known as ‘Jamm’. Like I’m going to bother with Bloodlines again!

  4. It sounds more like a stand-alone story than the first one was, at least.

    As for why they’re bringing back the concept and name….the trademark is probably coming up for expiration. DC really doesn’t like to let go of trademarks,

  5. Brian, the international heroes thing you are trying to recall wasn’t a crossover event. It was a theme for the Annuals in 2000 titled “Planet DC”

    It was similar to Bloodlines in that it was an attempt to create a batch of new characters. It however, didn’t have a common storyline, just a mandate for each annual to introduce a new character based outside the U.S.

  6. “As for why they’re bringing back the concept and name….the trademark is probably coming up for expiration.”

    “Once a trademark is registered the mark must be displayed with the letter R in a small circle. The registration must be renewed every ten years.”

    They’d be 13 years late.

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