Blood Syndicate Season One, the newest comic from the Milestone revival at DC Comics, will start a six-issue limited series run on May 10, the publisher announced Thursday.
The book’s creative team will be writer Geoffrey Thorne, with artists CHRISCROSS and Juan Castro. This series was first confirmed and teased by original Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan and Milestone partner Reggie Hudlin during DC FanDome in 2021.
“Making Blood Syndicate the fourth pillar of this new Dakotaverse was just a matter of time,” said Hudlin in a statement released with the announcement. “Holocaust’s recruitment of ‘Bang Babies’ in Static Season One was a big hint that we’d eventually address the impact of the ‘Big Bang’ on Paris Island. Landing Geoffrey Thorne and CHRISCROSS as writer and artists for the series was pretty much the icing on the cake; they’re the perfect team for telling this story.”
As far as the content of the books, like the rest of this Milestone revival it should seem familiar while also feeling updated to long-time readers. Blood Syndicate Season One features original Blood Syndicate members Tech-9, Wise Son, and Fade. The setting of Paris Island will also feel familiar, bringing the team back to Dakota’s densest and most impoverished borough, where the community is hardest hit by sickness, death, superpowers and everything else that comes with the Big Bang (the inciting incident of the Milestone Universe).
In the book, Wise Son and Tech-9 are returning from military tours of Afghanistan, finding Dakota far different than the city they left. Check out this bit from the announcement:
Both Wise Son and Tech-9 have returned from their military tours in Afghanistan to a Dakota that’s far different from the one they left. While Icon and Rocket have been cleaning up the streets of drug traffic, other “Bang Babies” have been forming rival gang factions. At the same time, Holocaust has been doing some recruiting of his own, gathering a super-powered army to rule Paris Island with an iron fist. As he gains more and more influence, who’s looking out for the people when the other Dakota heroes aren’t around? And what secrets are Wise Son and Tech-9 hiding from their time overseas? When the battle lines get drawn through their neighborhoods, who of the many superpowered individuals on Paris Island will rise up to fight back for their turf—and who will fight for a chance at power far beyond the block?
Blood Syndicate: Season One #1 arrives in comic book shops and participating digital retailers Tuesday, May 10, 2022. The debut issue features a main cover by Dexter Soy, with an “OG” (old school) variant cover by CHRISCROSS, a “new school” variant by breakout artist Nikolas Draper-Ivey (Static Season One), and a 1-in-25 ratio variant cover by Juliet Nneka. Check local comic book shops for details and pre-ordering.
Finally, checkout these Blood Syndicate Season One character designs by CHRISCROSS and Wil Quintana: