Bloodstrike (Image Comics)
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|First appearance||Bloodstrike (vol. 1) #1 (1994)|
|Created by||Rob Liefeld|
Bloodstrike was a top-secret, super-powered assassination squad deployed covertly by the United States government. All of the members had already died before becoming members of the team; they were brought back to life by the government's Project: Born Again.
Bloodstrike #1 was cover dated April 1993 and the series ran for 22 issues. There was a special issue 25 printed (after issue 10) as part of the "Images of Tomorrow" event that ran through several titles being published by Image at the time. During issue 25, the Bloodstrike title changed dramatically as Bloodstrike became the name of a solo agent. Fans wondered how the book got from "point A to point B", but issues 23 and 24 do not exist. It was later revealed that Cabbot Stone was the masked individual named Bloodstrike.
After the Bloodstrike series concluded, a sequel titled Bloodstrike: Assassin ran for three issues (plus an issue #0) featuring art by Karl Altstaetter. The character of Bloodstrike returned once again in Cabbot: Bloodhunter. Only the first issue was printed, though parts 2 and 3 were printed as backup stories in the pages of Supreme.
Fictional team history
The main character and team leader was Cabbot Stone (brother of ex-Youngblood member and Brigade member Battlestone). Other members were the four-armed Fourplay, the ex-villain Deadlock, the power-armored Shogun, and the enigmatic Tag, who could force people to "freeze in place" by touching them. The computer in charge of teleporting the team was named Roam. It had to re-charge its cells after each transport. In the first issue, the team is sent to a G.A.T.E. (Genetic and Technological Engineering) facility and battle and kill Commander Corben, who hired them to prove his facility is worthy.
At one point, in an effort to revamp the Bloodstrike team, the government added the recently diagnosed HIV-positive character of Chapel onto the team. This made him the only living member of the team. It was as a part of the Bloodstrike team that Chapel blows his own brains out all over the street upon finding that former friend Spawn has returned from the dead.
Eventually the team's government supervisor, Noble, was revealed to be a member of The Covenant of the Sword, a villainous cyborg conspiracy. Noble's exposure (and death) resulted in the demise of all of Bloodstrike's members except for Cabbot. His memory was erased and he was renamed Bloodstrike as the comic became a solo (rather than team) book.[volume & issue needed]
Producer Adi Shankar is teaming with the comic series creator Rob Liefeld and his manager Brooklyn Weaver on a film version of Bloodstrike.
- Bloodstrike (Cabbot Stone) at the Comic Book DB
- Bloodstrike at the Grand Comics Database
- Bloodstrike at the Comic Book DB
- Bloodstrike: Assassin at the Comic Book DB