Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Blood Syndicate #4 Review


Written by: Geoffrey Thorne
Art by: ChrisCross
Colors by: Wil Quintana
Cover art by: Dexter Soy
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: August 9, 2022

Blood Syndicate #4 turns up the heat as Holocaust goes on a rampage burning any gang, cop, or civilian in his way to ash. It's up to two groups of vigilante heroes to team up or die trying.

Is It Good?

Blood Syndicate #4 is one of the better issues in the season for pure super-powered action and mayhem. This issue has flaws, and it's by no means perfect, but there's at least some visual interest to hold your attention.

The highlight of this issue is the range and diversity of super-powered shenanigans in play from start to finish. You get everything from fire powers to water powers to incorporeal phasing to people who can turn into dragons. Every page has something different to grab your eyeballs, so if you're looking for pure visual interest, this issue works.

The story from Throne, however, is all over the place. Scene transitions barely exist, new characters enter and leave with nary a moment of setup, and while you feel like the plot is moving in a particular direction, it's a bumpy, potholed road to get there. The plot roughly centers around the one team of heroes rescuing their friend from prison. After the rescue, the group gets separated by a police blockade when the different splinters encounter other skirmishes happening throughout the city between supers from rival gangs, eventually culminating in an alliance to stop the big threat - Holocaust. Sorta. Maybe. I don't know. Again, this story is a jumbled mess.

We've made some bones in the previous issues that the mix of multiple languages without the benefit of a translation made the reading experience impenetrable. Here, an editor took the time to translate the languages in a few spots, and the translation helps. There should have been more translation work, but this issue was a step in the right direction for improving the series.


About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Blood Syndicate #4 is a jumbled mess of a story with cool visuals and plenty of action. The story simply rushes from scene to the next with barely any transition, no character setup when a host of new players are introduced, and barely any sense of focus. The story is moving in a direction, but it's a bumpy ride to get there.



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