Credit: Image Comics
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.