One of the original founders of Image Comics is coming back with a relaunch of one of his early titles. Rob Liefeld will be bringing Youngblood back to the Image line up.
Youngblood was a high profile superteam sanctioned by the United States governement consisting of Shaft, Badrock, Vogue, and Chapel. The team for this new relaunch will be slightly different with the addition of latter day team members Doc Rocket and Suprema.
There is also a new character named Sentinel.
Jeff Terrel (Shaft) is an undercover FBI agent. He kills a sniper at a shopping mall with a thrown pen. He was also an accomplished archer when he joined Youngblood. He is equipped with an archers bow that uses magnets to propel arrows rather than a bow string.
Thomas John McCall (Badrock) was an average underachieving 16-year-old. He transformed into a large organic rock after swallowing a vial of top secret genetic material in his father’s lab. Thomas took on the identity of Badrock when he was recruited to join Youngblood. Badrock is proficient with a number of weapons including the guns and knives in the Youngblood arsenal. Many times he resorts to brute strength by using his fists to pummel opponents into submission. His reflexes exceed normal human levels even with his enormous size and weight.Badrock has been a part of every incarnation of the Youngblood team to date (1992, 1995, and 2008 series).
Nikola Voganova (Vogue) was only 13 when she witnessed her father being killed by a member of the KGB. She was forced to leave her pampered life in Russia as a result. She was already a world-class gymnast. She became a member of Youngblood shortly before her twentieth birthday. She started an international cosmetics corporation, Vogue Cosmetics, using her Youngblood fame to spearhead the launch. She eventually returned to Russia where she was able to get her revenge on the KGB agent that killed her father. While in Russia it was discovered she possessed a latent Nu-Gene granting her superhuman strength, endurance, and physical durability.
Bruce Stinson (Chapel) is a former soldier. After his military career he worked in Operation Knightstrike. Chapel was born in a prison in Joliet, Illinois. He is a known smoker and womanizer. He is also proficient in unconventional warfare such as torture. Throughout his career he was exposed to chemicals which gave him various superhuman abilities. He was also unknowingly injected with a type of HIV which could be activated by his superiors by a special serum. Chapel was ordered to murder his friend, Al Simmons (Yup, the guy that becomes Spawn). Chapel kills Al Simmons and leaves to later join Youngblood.
Rachel Richards (Doc Rocket) is the granddaughter of the original Doc Rocket, Rex Richards. She has the same power of super speed. It is unknown if she inherited the power or used the same potion as her grandfather.
Sally Crane (Suprema) is the sister of Supreme. One of her brother’s villains crashed her birthday party. This triggered her to manifest her super powers. It also turned her hair white.
Marcus Langston (Sentinel) developed the Sentinel armor. He has no superpowers. He uses his intellect and armor suit as his power. It was revealed that Marcus owned a magic book that could alter reality and change people’s fates. He had been headed for an early death, but rewrote the book to make himself the hero of an increasingly violent world.
Official Synopsis for “Youngblood” #1
An uber popular self-protection app called HELP! is changing how we stay safe — “HELP! lets you decide who saves you.” But when a high-rated young hero on the app goes missing, his best friend’s search for answers gains the attention of some unexpected allies, and together, they’ll do whatever it takes to find him… even if it means resurrecting the world’s most hated super-team, Youngblood.
Official Press Release
Image Comics is pleased to announce the return of Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD—the blockbuster hit series that launched the Image Revolution and turned the comics industry on its head—with story by Chad Bowers (X-Men ‘92, Deadpool: Bad Blood) and art from Jim Towe. YOUNGBLOOD is reborn with an all-new cast and a bold new mission with YOUNGBLOOD #1 issue—set to hit stores this May.
“Youngblood has had outstanding talent contribute to its amazing history,” said Liefeld. “Alan Moore, Robert Kirkman, Keith Giffen and Mark Millar are a few who have left their mark. Chad Bowers and Jim Towe are four issues into their run and are producing stories that will be held as some of, if not the best Youngblood tales ever told. It honors the best of the past and forges exciting new paths for these characters!”
In this YOUNGBLOOD #1, an uber popular self-protection app called HELP! is changing how we stay safe—“HELP! lets you decide who saves you.” But when a high-rated young hero on the app goes missing, his best friend’s search for answers gains the attention of some unexpected allies, and together, they’ll do whatever it takes to find him… even if it means resurrecting the world’s most hated super-team, Youngblood.
“Trust me, you’ve never read a Youngblood story like this,” said Bowers. “I’m so incredibly proud of what Jim and I are doing on this book, and can’t wait for readers, especially those who’ve maybe never picked up a Youngblood comic, to see what all the fuss is about!”
Jim Towe added: “I’ve been having the time of my life with Youngblood. The combination of so much creative freedom along with having a fantastic writer like Chad has really made this an artist’s dream book to draw. We’ve crafted an incredibly fun and exciting modern day reimagining of these characters that I think both new and old fans are really going to enjoy.”
The series will also feature jaw-dropping alternate covers by Rob Liefeld, David Finch, and Chris Daughtry—so, gear up, strap in, and get ready to rediscover comics most Extreme universe.
Mention the name Rob Liefeld at a comic con and you will either hear gushing adoration or curse filled anger. He is undoubtedly one of the most controversial figures in the comic industry. Liefeld has created many very popular characters such as Deadpool, Cable, Domino, and Stryfe.
He rose to prominence in the early 1990s due to his work on Marvel Comics’ The New Mutants and X-Force. He is also one of the original co-founders of Image Comics.
Rob has been criticized for avoiding drawing character’s feet, drawing anatomically incorrect characters, drawing muscles that don’t exist, placing pouches where pouches shouldn’t be, and giving characters impossibly large weapons. If you aren’t a fan of Rob Liefeld you can’t deny the impact he has had on the comics industry. His comics and art style were big sellers in the 1990’s.
Whether you love Rob Liefeld or hate him, you are about to see a lot more of his work. Nine titles were optioned to Graham King and Fundamental Films as part of an interconnected Extreme Cinematic Universe – Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Lethal, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, Battlestone, Kaboom, and Nitrogen. Akiva Goldsman is set to co-produce the movies with Liefeld and his manager, Brooklyn Weaver from Energy Entertainment.
Liefeld’s work will be back in print as well. Brigade and Bloodstrike will be relaunched as comic books. There will also be collections of their early issues from the 1990s. “I have a new Brigade series ready to go and I’ve been waiting to launch with Bloodstrike. Then we have an Extreme anthology coming out,” Liefeld said. “I’m not going to flood the market. We’ll do selective stories, selective arcs, and then at the end of the year, we’ll be collecting the material…We’re going to collect the original stories for the first time, as well.”
All of this will be organized under a banner at Image with Brigade, Bloodstrike, Extreme Anthology, and even a re-colored version of his and Jeph Loeb’s Re-Gex. Liefeld also announced plans to revive Youngblood with a new creative of Chad Bowers, who will co-plot with Liefeld and script the series, and newcomer Jim Towe, who Liefeld discovered on Twitter after Towe posted redesigns of the Youngblood characters, seen here.
The new Youngblood team will have mainstays such as Shaft and Badrock, each of whom will get new powers early in the series. It will also include characters from later in the series such as Doc Rocket and Suprema as well what appear to be some new characters.