BSM | Pushing Boundaries and Blurring Lines: The Blood Syndicate

Anyone who is a fan of Static Shock, the television series, might be under the impression that Static is originally from the minds of DC Comics. The truth, however, is that Static originates from Milestone Comics- a subsidiary of the mainstay publisher. It would be Milestone Comics that pushed the boundaries of the concept of the Black superhero and prove that we are not monolithic in our stories. A prime example of this is today’s feature(s): The Blood Syndicate.

For those unversed in the lore of the Dakotaverse, the “Big Bang” is the event in which all the gangs in the city of Dakota came together for an all-out battle. The police got involved with intent to utilize tear gas laced with a radioactive marker on the gangs in order to track them down after dispersal. What resulted was the Big Bang. As it turned out, the radioactive marker was something called quantum juice. The canisters of tear gas the officers doled out changed the gang members, other officers, animals, and bystanders on a genetic level; granting them access to superhuman abilities. It would be these surviving gang members from multiple sets who would band together to create The Blood Syndicate- using their newfound powers to fight for something bigger than themselves.

Premiering in April 1993 in the first issue of their eponymous comic book and boasting more than 10 members, the Blood Syndicate is a “team” like none other. As a matter of fact, using the term “team” is a bit of a stretch. For all intents and purposes the Blood Syndicate is a gang. This is evident by their playing loose and fast with morality and their stance on taking lives. As a matter of fact, one of their first exploits was attacking a local crack house for…operating expenses. Despite their less than graceful tactics and multiple internal disputes, The Blood Syndicate gained notoriety in the city of Dakota.

Brandon Blackmon was born and raised in Clinton, NC. After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology. He attended Pfeiffer University where he received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist. Brandon is a proud blerd (Black nerd) and a firm advocate and believer that representation matters in all forms of media.

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