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Feeling in the mood to post more Bloodlines since it's probably one of my favorite things to come out of the 90's.

Last issue we met Layla the space exploring Captain from L.E.G.I.O.N as she teamed up with Lobo.

This story we have the team-up of Steel and a man named Tom soon to be known as Edge, the "blade-hurling community hero".

One thing I loved about Bloodlines was how time specific it was to the DCU. At the time it was published Superman was still "dead" from his battle with Doomsday. Batman had his back broken and was replaced by Jean-Paul. Slade was less of a villain and a anti-hero and so on so it was fun to see a story showing Steel being a hero when he first showed up filling in for Superman alongside the other three Supermen.

18 pages from a 54 page story.

The Parasites ship crash lands just off of the city limits of Metropolis. The monsters realizing the world is sufficiently advanced technologically to detect them if they leave their ship out in the open cover it with trees and earth to make it look like a large hill.

Some bikers come too close to the ship and the Parasites decide to start having some fun.

And so Angon heads into Metropolis.

John Henry Irons AKA Steel as a community hero himself apparently owns and attends a gym known as the Iron Factory. There is the nice fellow who runs its day to day operations Tom.

There John and Tom are talking about how crime has gone up in Metropolis the days after Superman was announced as being dead. We also find out Tom's dad died when he was younger and so he's dropped out of school at a young age to work odd jobs and pay for his families expenses and especially so that his little brother Petey can attend school without worry. Cue Petey showing up nearby as a paperboy. 

Back at his house Mary O'Brien (Tom's mom) gets home from grocery shopping. One of the other tenants, at her apartment building, named Rosie is a fortune teller and wants to try her luck at seeing her and her families luck.

I guess John also goes by Henry Johnson? Never knew much about Steel so I suppose.

While Rosie searches to find John the catastrophe strikes Tom. Tom sees what looks like a man assualting a woman in a back alley and is surprised that it's one of his close friends who's the supposed attacker... But well the lady's not one you'd want to save.

Rosie finally finds John and so John Steel's up and goes looking for Tom on the advisers hunch hoping her worry is for nothing.

Meanwhile in Underworld the mutant people who live there find a pile of dead bodies and on top of them is good ol' Tom undergoing a transformation having survived Angon's attack.

Tom wakes up with no memory (a regular trait that occurs after a Parasite attack and transformation) the Underworlder's see Tom but his body fires off needles scaring them away and they call him a monster.

As the day goes by and Tom has vanished his mom is starting to worry.

During this time Steel's been searching for Tom and talks to some of the underworlder's and when a body is thrown down into the pile from before John goes to confront what's killing.

"The Joy of Battle!" John tries to follow the creature but it vanishes suddenly as a woman on a motorcycle quickly drives away. (Angon of course, though John doesn't know it)

John's figured out Tom was seen by the underworlder's and was transformed after seeing that the spiky man ripped off the Superman shirt from himself that Tom owned and was painted by his little sister as a gift. So John finds Tom when he finally exits underworld after his earlier scare with the people there.

John tackles him as Tom's running in a panic finally outside and unsure of what to do.

After a scuffle John calms Tom down and he fills Tom in on what he can't remember, assuring him that he's not a monster, or a killer like Tom thought he might be.

It's near dawn now and Petey's been searching place after place where Tom might be before giving a last look at the Iron Factory gym where Tom worked. During that time Angon tracked Petey as he wanted to drain him as he looked like Tom who Angon said tasted great. So Angon attacks.


Thankfully like with Superman the general populace can never put things together.

Edge grabs and grabs Petey out of the way. Realizing he can control the blades a bit, shedding ones from his body he wants off so that he won't cut him. Steel and Edge realize their attacks aren't very effective. While annoying Steel's rivets aren't actually hurting Angon and Edge's blades cut him but not deep enough to wound him so they combine their attacks.


Edge is one of my favorite Bloodliner's he's pretty basic and being based in Metropolis I'd like to see him pop up time to time, it'd be pretty easy too. He seemed to have a fair control over his powers early on, DC could say he learned how to transform back and forth later on.                                                  

Date: 2011-01-30 05:43 am (UTC)
thatnickguy: Oreo-lovin' Martian (Default)
From: [personal profile] thatnickguy
Bloodlines kicked off right around when I started collecting comics (thanks to the Death of Superman).

Most of them aren't great and the New Blood is hit and miss, but goddamn, it's a lot of fun. =D

Date: 2011-01-30 06:29 am (UTC)
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Seriously, he looks like a escapee from a mad body artist, Or a S&M convention. ^__^

Date: 2011-01-30 06:35 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thelazyreader
I forgot to ask: were the Bloodlines creaturers based on the Alien films in any way? Sucking people through a tube-mouth, a techno-organic-looking spacecraft, all seem like homages.

I doubt anybody at DC remembers Edge. Judging by what Flash said in JLA/Hitman he may already be event fodder by now.

Date: 2011-01-30 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Personally, of the few Bloodlines heroes I know, Edge is far from my favorite. His character is all right, but his powers just strike me as trying too hard to be 'X-treme'. 'He's got knives all over his BODY, maaaaaaan! Whenever he TOUCHES someone, he hurts them! It'll be, like, wicked awesome!'

Date: 2011-01-30 10:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ogrebear
A good issue and origin - simple and effective.

I don't remember seeing Edge again outside of Bloodlines though.

Date: 2011-01-30 11:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] greenmask
Her alien pals call Angon a lady, how come you don't?

These pages were really enjoyable to me. It's almost the staple superherp-comics story, to me. "I'm a mutant freak!" "People still care!" "I'll be a hero despite my angst!" *ALIEN RAMPAGE*

Very x-menish. Maybe that's the Simonson effect?

Date: 2011-01-30 11:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] greenmask

Date: 2011-01-30 05:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] greenmask
Ohh yeah, I see. I wondered if there was some explanation on a page you didn't post or something.

Date: 2011-01-30 12:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] geoffsebesta
This is surprisingly good work-for-hire for this particular era (the beginning of the nadir). I see a lot of Kev O'Neill influence, and some Sam Keith too.

Date: 2011-01-30 02:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
What a hug. XD That kid is either really good or there's a specific space where there isn't anything sharp to hurt him.

Date: 2011-01-30 10:12 pm (UTC)
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"I'm covered in bee...blades!"

Date: 2011-01-31 01:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
Ah, Bloodlines....where the uninspired art was only exceeded by the lame characters. Only one character came out of Bloodlines with any legs...and that was the anti-hero, Hitman. Who had virtually nothing to do with superheroics (and honestly rarely even used his powers). It was Garth Ennis writing a PG version of an 'R' comic.

In fact, Ennis even pissed over the Bloodlines characters in the JLA/Hitman one-shot (which I believe is posted elsewhere here at S_D). DC killed most of them off during later events, off-camera, being mentioned in passing in dialogue.


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