Tuesday, September 27, 2022


Written by: Geoffrey Thorne
Art by: Juan Castro
Colors by: Wil Quintana
Cover art by: Dexter Soy
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: September 27, 2022

Blood Syndicate #5 brings out the big guns when Rocket and Icon arrive to stop Holocaust's takeover of Paris Island. Did you not see this coming?

Is It Good?

Blood Syndicate #5 is possibly the best issue in the series so far because it does one thing the series should have done since the beginning - issue #5 gets back to the basics of superhero storytelling.

Last time, Holocaust cut off all land access to Paris Island and initiated his grand plan to take over as "king." Now, Rocket and Icon make a long overdue appearance to stop Holocaust in his tracks, and the results are surprising. Icon is an Omega-level hero, so you'd expect him to mop the floor with Holocaust, but in proper Batman fashion, Holocaust has planned for this moment.

There's plenty of superhero and supervillain action to keep your eyeballs engaged. Holocaust's battle against Rocket and Icon is not a battle of strength but a battle of strategy that catches the heroes unawares. Villains are elevated when they present a greater challenge to the heroes, forcing the heroes to step up, evolve, and overcome. Thorne lays a solid foundation for Holocaust to present himself as unbeatable.

Without making this review seem like a backhanded compliment, this is the kind of writing missing from the series since the beginning. If Thorne had delivered this kind of focus and simplicity in the beginning, this series would have a much higher rating. Better late than never, I suppose.

Issue #5 is all about the big spectacle, and Castro delivers. Panel compositions are dramatic, the destructive power on display is awesome, and Quintan's colors are brimming with pop and texture.


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 #5 delivers exactly what a penultimate issue in a superhero comic should. The action is big, the villain is finally elevated to a formidable threat instead of just a bully, and the cliffhanger offers the promise of a banger of a finale.


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