Youngblood was created by Rob Liefeld in the mid-1980s for Megaton Comics before they made their way to Image Comics in 1992. Liefeld was a fan of DC Comics' Teen Titans (the Wolfman/Perez era) and the Legion of Superheroes, and based on those interests he combined them to form Youngblood (not to be confused with Project: Youngblood from Eclipse Comics). The original Youngblood members were Sentinel, Sonik, Cougar, Bhrahma, Riptide, Psi-Fire, and Photon.
By 1991, another publication origin for Youngblood came as a new Teen Titans proposal series featuring Speedy, Harlequin, a pair of Kh'undian warriors, a S.T.A.R. Labs android and an unknown character. That proposal was rejected. At that same year Liefeld left Marvel over their strain relationship and merchandising rights for the success from his tenure on New Mutants and X-Force. He became one of the founders of Image and with his imprint studio, Extreme Studios, he revived his Youngblood comic and integrated his Teen Titans proposal to created new characters to expand the team roaster: Shaft, Badrock, Die Hard, Chapel, Vogue, and Combat.
Liefeld's idea for Youngblood as celebrity superheroes:
"...if superheroes really did exist, they would be treated much the same way as movie stars and athletes."
With large team of superheroes, Liefeld came up with a solution of splitting the team into two fractions: the new characters became the home front team and the original team became the overseas "away" team.
Since Youngblood's debut as the first comic book published by Image Comics in 1992, it has gained a controversial legacy over the years for bad artwork, storytelling, and creative disputes from different writers like Kurt Busiek and Alan Moore.
Youngblood is a team of superheroes hired by the government of the USA.
There are made up by two teams: the Home Team led by Shaft (or Battlestone) and the Away Team led by Sentinel (as seen in the Team Youngblood series).
Home Team :
Their first mission was to capture the Four, a team of supervillains who were trying to rescue one of their own.
Away Team :
They were sent to Kuwait for their first mission to stop the dictator of the country. Psi-Fire, who suffered psychic troubles, killed the man instead of capturing him.
Sentinel asked to "clean" the mess and they went back to their base where they discovered a man put on stasis in a laboratory. This was their first encounter with Prophet.
- Vogue (Petra Gomez)
- Dolante Murray
- Doc Rocket