Icon #38 (Oct. 1996):
“Blood Reign, Part 1: The Quality of Hurt”
by Dwayne McDuffie, M. D. Bright, Romeo Tanghal

Icon #38

Title: “Blood Reign, Part 1: The Quality of Hurt”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Oct. 1996

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: M. D. Bright, Romeo Tanghal

12 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Icon Icon (Augustus Freeman)
(lead character)
CBR Scale: I alien
The Shadow Cabinet DC Milestone Media 73
Rocket Rocket (Raquel Ervin) hero
  black; The Shadow Cabinet... 
[Icon's partner]
DC Milestone Media 58
Static Static (Virgil Hawkins) hero
  black; Heroes...  DC Milestone Media 148
Hardware Hardware (Curtis Metcalf) hero
  black; The Shadow Cabinet DC Milestone Media 97
Donner Donner (Gerri Brauer) hero
  Heroes; The Shadow Cabinet DC Milestone Media 35
Holocaust Holocaust (Leonard Smalls) villain
  black; Blood Syndicate...  DC Milestone Media 43
Noble supporting character
  [with Raquel (who became Rocket), tried to rob Icon's house] DC Milestone Media 8
Rocket Darnice supporting character
  [Rocket's close friend; temporarily replaced her as "Rocket"] DC Milestone Media 10
Blood Syndicate Blood Syndicate hero group
  [gang] DC Milestone Media 61
Amistad Augustus Ervin Amistad Augustus Ervin supporting character
[child of teenage mom super-heroine Rocket]
DC Milestone Media 6
Harm Harm (Nick Pugleise) hero
  The Coalition; The Shadow Cabinet... 
[govt. agent undercover posing as enforcer]
DC Milestone Media 15
Bubbasaurus Bubbasaurus (Bubba Brown) villain
  [criminal enforcer; gang member...] DC Milestone Media 9

Summary from now-defunct webpage at

Holocaust forces the undercover cop Harm to join his organization by kicking his ass. Harm tells Hardware to back him up if he gets killed by Holocaust. Raquel returns home and sees her baby; takes care of a mugger, too. Augustus reclaims his home and tells everyone that he back. Raquel's friends through her a surprise birthday party for turning 16. Static interrupts though with a report that Bubbasauras is tearing up the waterfront looking for Rocket. As she leaves Raquel catches Darnice and Noble kissing.