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BLOOD SQUAD SEVEN #1 by Joe Casey, Paul Fry, Francesco Segala, Gloria Martinelli and Rus Wooton (Image Comics)

Welcome to an all-new edition of Parlay Points!

For this entry, the 90’s are all the rage again! Fans have seen a resurgence of 90’s comic influence in comics and pop culture. From X-Men ‘97 to Local Man, the appeal of the decade is drawing attention. A new series from Image Comics looks to dive into that era, but with a twist.

BLOOD SQUAD SEVEN #1 by Joe Casey, Paul Fry, Francesco Segala, Gloria Martinelli and Rus Wooton spinds out of the pages of Dutch. It throws a unique concept to readers. Is a team 30 years removed still relevant today?

Let’s take a closer look and see how this issue fares.


Casey dives into the nostalgia of the era for a solid debut. Seeing how a former member is trying to recapture and rebuild the past makes for some interesting dynamics. Erica’s relationship with her daughter showcases the times have changed.

“Heroes as Celebrities” with time passed leads to a theme of perception versus reality. The chapter builds towards blurring the lines. This becomes very evident with the closing moments. Seeing what unfolds there, the struggle to combat public opinion may be more challenging than it’s worth.

The art gives readers much of the throwback feel of early Image books. The full page splash of one “hero” flying through the violent destruction kicks off a sense of direction. Erica’s demeanor through pitching the team concept ranges from frustration to calm optimism. Ripcord’s violence is direct and blunt. The imagery holds nothing back when he is on page. The homages to Youngblood amongst other books adds a nice nostalgia break to the more serious tone of the series.


With the theme of Perception vs. Reality, Blood Squad Seven leaves an impression on fans with its’ throwback concept. Casey delves into the past era with solid writing. Fry and Segala present the ultra violence and mystique of the past with images that will have readers talking. This will be one to keep an eye out for on NCBD.

Hit me up on ODPHpod social media and let me know our thoughts on Blood Squad Seven. Thanks for reading Parlay Points on Nerd Initiative.


Ken M.
Ken M.https://odphpodcast.com/
Executive Producer/Host of the ODPH (Ocho Duro Parlay Hour) Podcast. Ken is also Nerd Initiative's Comics Editor-In-Chief/Brand Advisor and host of "Turn A Page". Ken is also a freelance Pro Wrestling Blogger and an all around fan of Sports, Movies Tv, Comics and Pro Wrestling

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