I know they have been mostly forgotten and became a punchline, with Hitman being the only actual success out of any of the heroes created out of Bloodlines. And that was more due to Garth Enis becoming such a superstar more then the character in and of itself.
But I kind of liked them…
Yeah most of them were very much a product of their times and felt liked the rushed creations most likely were.
But I actually thought the Gunfire ongoing series for what little time it lasted was enjoyable enough to me. (although I have learned as I got older my taste were much more forgiving in my teens), Joe Public was an interesting idea and I liked his design for some reason, Jamm was dumb and as he was way too 90’s to work, but with a redesign could have been one hell of a super villian akin to Maxwell Lord or Marvel’s Kilgrave. And I actually genuinely likes SParx (who I guess with her Superboy and the Ravers appearance had more success then most… as sad as that is).
Razorsharp and the Psyba-Rats also were an interesting idea at the time as a team of super hero hackers. I also got a kick out of actually seeing Razorsharp adapted in The Flash TV series (has to be the most obscure super hero ever adapted to live action). I notices even most sites and videos posting easter egg’s for the episode missed that the girl who’s arms turned into blades was actually from the comics. But it was definitely supposed to be her, same powers, same civilian first name, and the actress even looked like a slightly older version of her. Yeah she was dead in less then a minute, cannon fodder for Cicada, but in a way isn’t making her cannon fodder a true tribute to what the Bloodlines heroes sadly ended up being most useful as.
I also found the Blood Pack mini-series to be ahead of it’s time, as the idea of a super hero team being filmed as a TV show may be more prevelent today then it ever was at the time, with reality shows going on to become what they did after this comic.
Yeah I am not shocked they left little impact looking back. For one they were all so very much a product of 90’s comic books and few if any have aged well as 90’s had a very… unique flavor in comics that you either like or dislike, but most don’t really translate well today.
I also think they suffered from trying that idea when they did. That was when creator owned characters truly were taking off, and showing the money potential that they could have. So I think that most of the creators of the time when told to create an original hero didn’t want to give DC their best idea for a new superhero, which then would be owned by DC to do what they pleased with… given they all ended up cannon fodder doubt they had much regret. It didn’t help that at that time a lot of the best writers had left DC so these were not all the creme of the crop creating them in the first place. So it is no shock that despite lots of fans likely picking up the annuals hoping to get the next Action Comics #1 or Detective #27, it obviously was never going to work out that way.
Still… they were fun and it was exciting to see a new superhero created week after week for a time when I was reading them. Shame they didn’t leave a bigger mark then they did.