Since the digital launch of Milestone Returns #0: Infinite Edition last month, fans have been patiently waiting for more information on the Dakotaverse’s return to DC. The wait ends this weekend, with the “Milestone Returns” Panel at WonderCon@Home this Saturday, March 27th.
This highly anticipated panel includes renowned Milestone artist and co-founder Denys Cowan, award-winning producer and Milestone partner Reggie Hudlin, and Static: Season One artists CHRISCROSS and Nikolas Draper-Ivey. Moderating the discussion about what’s to come for Static, Icon and Rocket, Hardware, and more is none other than Phil LaMarr, the voice of Static Shock and Green Lantern John Stewart from the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series.
The panel will be broadcast from 1-2pm PDT and can be viewed at the Comic-Con International YouTube page. Beginning at 6pm PDT, the panel will also be viewable on the DC YouTube page.
DC has kept it pretty quiet as far as the creative teams behind the Milestone relaunch but we now know who will be handling the first three series.
What’s interesting also is the use of “season” to describe the release, a change from the traditional “volume”. Season is a much easier concept for non-regular comics readers to understand as it shifts the understanding of releases more towards television releases indicating DC may have a much wider audience in mind when it comes to marketing the relaunch of Milestone.
The new series creative teams and debut dates are:
Written by Brandon Thomas Art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz Covers by Mateus Mahanini Debuting August 15, 2021
Written by Vita Ayala Art by ChrisCross and Nikolas Draper-Ivey Covers by Khary Randolph Debuting April 11, 2021
Icon and Rocket
Written by Reginald Hudlin and Leon Chills Art by Doug Braithwaite Covers by Taurin Clarke Debuting June 27, 2021
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Milestone Returns (2021-) #0
Written by Reginald Hudlin Pencils ChrisCross, Denys Cowan, Jim Lee Inks Juan Castro, Nikolas Draper-Ivey, Bill Sienkiewicz Colored by Nikolas Draper-Ivey, Chris Sotomayor Cover by Denys Cowan Purchase
At long last – the return of the legendary Milestone Comics imprint has kicked into high gear! This jumping-on point one-shot features twenty-four all-new pages chronicling the events of the Big Bang – the police-brutality protest gone wrong that changed the face of the city of Dakota forever, by unleashing a wave of superpowers across its population! As the world watches, a bullied teenager will become the hero known as STATIC… a framed scientist will go on the run as the superweapon HARDWARE… and a stranded alien will meet an ambitious young woman who will transform his life, and remake the pair as the all-powerful ICON & ROCKET!
Also included is the 17-page primer story originally released during the world-famous DC FanDome event, further expanding on our heroes’ origins and where they’re going next… and setting up an entire world of allies, enemies, and surprises!
The original Milestone changed the face of superhero comics forever, introducing the industry to a wave of Black talent who still shape the conversation… and the new Milestone intends to raise the bar! Get on board here!
Truth & Justice (2021-) #8
Written by Danny Lore Pencils Ray-Anthony Height, Adriana Melo Inks Ray-Anthony Height, Joe Prado Colored by Wil Quintana Purchase
Save Yourself Part 2 – John Constantine and Papa Midnite have a long and strained relationship with each other and their past is about to catch up with them!
Laura, a chef, is hurriedly cooking a lunch to entertain her uncle’s business client and soon discovers that the client’s new president is her ex-husband, Jason. How did an unsuccessful artist become the president of a big company? When the memories of his betrayal and her ill-fated marriage come back to haunt her, Laura flees. But her uncle pleads with her to forget about the past for the sake of his troubled business. Is there more to the story of her tragic marriage than Laura is aware of?
Written by Charlotte Lamb Art by Kuremi Hazama Purchase
Elle se réveille dans une magnifique maison en bord de mer, un homme qu’elle n’a jamais vu est endormi juste à côté d’elle ! Elle n’arrive pas à se souvenir comment elle a pu atterrir ici et elle réalise peu à peu qu’elle a perdu la mémoire. Alors qu’elle prend conscience de son malheur, l’homme à ses côtés lui explique qu’il est Muir Igram, le propriétaire de l’hôtel dans lequel elle se trouve, et qu’il souhaitait l’aider quand il l’a vue allongée sur la plage, inconsciente. Acceptant son aide, elle travaille pour lui en tant que secrétaire, mais au fur et à mesure, elle commence à se dire qu’elle ne retrouvera peut-être plus jamais la mémoire…
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Following 2020’s panel at DC FanDome Hall of Heroes, DC has announced more details on the return of the fan-favorite Milestone universe of characters from the city of Dakota.
Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0
The excitement kicks off February 26 with a digital-first “extended cut” of the Milestone Returns #0 one-shot. Originally available only during 2020’s DC FanDome Hall of Heroes and Explore the Multiverse, this updated edition also arrives in comic book stores on May 25. Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0 combines the original 17-page comic with an additional 24 pages of completely new material written by Reginald Hudlin and drawn by artists Denys Cowan, Nikolas Draper-Ivey, Bill Sienkiewicz, and more.
This added content includes a retelling of the events of the Big Bang, the police-brutality protest that unleashed a sudden wave of superpowers in the city of Dakota. This $4.99 “director’s cut” also features content introducing the full new creative teams behindStatic,Icon & Rocket, and Hardware, the digital-first series spawned by this new Big Bang, along with a reveal of their issue #1 covers.
In addition, DC’s future plans include the long-awaited launch of Earth M, a new line of comics conceived by Cowan and Hudlin, which will include the return ofDuo, introduced to readers in Milestone Returns “#0, and other characters who will also appear in Milestone comics.
Static Digital-First Miniseries
Following in April, fans can expect new adventures of Dakota teenager Virgil Hawkins in a six-issue Static digital-first series.
In this monthly miniseries (20 pages per issue), bullied nerd Virgil is gifted with incredible electromagnetic powers in the wake of the Big Bang. Now he finds himself caught between an over-militarized police response to Black kids getting special abilities and some of those kids who are using those powers in dangerous and destructive ways. But when the bullies who terrorized him before the Big Bang show up with powers of their own, can Static be the hero that Dakota needs?
Static launches Monday, April 12. Each 20-page issue will be available on participating digital platforms for $3.99.
Icon & Rocket Digital-First Miniseries
The return of Augustus Freeman and Raquel Ervin is also in the works, with a new series featuring Icon and Rocket.
What happens when superheroes actually make a difference? When Raquel Ervin broke into the home of a wealthy Black lawyer, she didn’t expect to learn that he was a nearly omnipotent alien, lost in despair of ever returning home—and he didn’t expect that she would inspire him to emerge from the shadows and become a force for change on the planet he’s trapped on. What starts out as a simple request to stop the drug trafficking in her neighborhood turns into a mission to eliminate the drug trade worldwide. However, this act of heroism has unexpected consequences, making the pair the two most wanted criminals in the world when actually stopping crime leads to the collapse of the global economy!
The debut issue of this six-issue monthly series (20 pages each) arrives June 21 for $3.99 per issue.
Hardware Digital-First Miniseries
The relaunch of Milestone would not be complete without some mention of Curtis Metcalf, and beginning August 23, the first wave of new Milestone stories climaxes with the return of Hardware in a new digital-first series. This six-issue monthly series features the return of legendary artist and Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan with Bill Sienkiewicz on the character that completes the foundation of Milestone and the Dakota universe, both past, and present.
All his life, young prodigy Curtis Metcalf was told he was special, and that he would save the world. But it turns out that Alva Industries wanted his beautiful mind for something a lot less noble than that—and his technology has made him the fall guy for the tragedy of the Big Bang. But Curtis is smart enough to not go out like that—and smart enough to steal his inventions back from Alva and start the process of remaking the world his way.
New issues of this series will be available each month for $3.99.
DC announced during their FanDome event that StaticShock was getting the movie treatment. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Michael B. Jordan and Outlier Society will produce the film.
Jordin joins Reginald Hudlin on the project. Outlier Society is Jordan’s Warner-based banner.
In a statement, Jordan said:
I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around black superheroes; our community deserves that. Outlier Society is committed to bringing to life diverse comic book content across all platforms and we are excited to partner with Reggie and Warner Bros on this initial step.
Static is 15-year-old Virgil Hawkins who gains electromagnetic powers and becomes a costumed crusader.
Static first appeared in Static #1 in 1993 as part of the Milestone Comics imprint. Milestone was a comics imprint founded in response to the underrepresentation of minorities in comics. The comic imprinted the Dakota Verse, filled with minority superheroes and characters. Static was created by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle. When Milestone folded, Static eventually joined the regular DC Universe.
Milestone is currently being revived by DC. Hudlin will be writing a new Static Shock digital comic series that launches in February 2021 as well as a graphic novel with art by Kyle Baker.
Static has also appeared in other media including his own animated series which ran for four seasons and 52 episodes.
Today sees the release of Hardware: The Man in the Machine which will be followed by Icon in October.
Hardware: The Man in the Machine (2010)
Written by Dwayne McDuffie Art by Denys Cowan and J.J. Birch $12.99 On Sale now
This first-ever HARDWARE collection introduces inventor/engineer Curt Metcalf, who begins his adventures by breaking free of his employer, businessman Edwin Alva, who refused to share the profits from Metcalf’s many creations. Discovering that Alva is tied to organized crime and learning that no law enforcement agency would touch him, Metcalf created the high-tech Hardware armor that enabled him to take on his corrupt boss.
Icon: A Hero’s Welcome (1999)
Written by M.D. Bright and Dwayne McDuffie Art by M.D. Bright $12.99 On Sale October 6
The flagship character from Milestone Comics is back in this new printing of the classic title collecting ICON #1-8. This is the title that introduced Augustus Freeman, a successful lawyer who covertly uses his alien super-powers to help those in need. But when a teenaged girl from the streets convinces him to use his abilities to inspire his people and becomes his sidekick, Rocket, the affluent Augustus embraces his true destiny and becomes Icon, the hero of Dakota.
Icon Vol. 2: The Mothership Connection (2010)
Written by Dwayne McDuffie Art by M.D. Bright and Mike Gustovich $16.99 On Sale October 13
In 1869, the life pod of an adult alien crashed in the cotton fields of the South. Discovered by a slave woman, the extraterrestrial’s genetic structure was reconfigured, and he was transformed into an African American baby. Now, over a hundred and twenty years later, Augustus Freeman is a successful lawyer who covertly uses his alien super-powers to help those in need. But when a teenaged girl from the streets convinces him to use his abilities to inspire his people, the affluent Augustus embraces his true destiny and becomes Icon, the hero of Dakota.
Announced at DC Fandome, Milestone will return in February 2021. In the months leading up to the relaunch of the line, DC has also announced it will be releasing Milestone’s back catalogue.
The publisher is looking beyond comics to bring their characters and materials to new frontiers like video games, podcasts, and movies.
Also announced is a new Static Shock digital-first series that will launch in February 2021. Also announced is an Icon and Rocket series by Reggie Hudlin and Denys Cowen. Static Shock will be getting an original graphic novel by Kyle Baker and Reginald Hudlin as well.
Also announced that a 15-page sampler, Milestone Returns #0, as well as a selection of classic Milestone comics will be available to read for free during the 24 hours of the event.
Beyond these announcements, the panel also hinted at new characters and much more to come with the new Milestone.
After lots of rumors and the feeling like it’d never happen, at New York Comic Con, DC Publisher Jim Lee, writer/producer/director Reginald Hudlin and Milestone co-founder and artist Denys Cowan announced the return of popular characters of the Dakota Universe in a new collaboration called Earth M in spring 2018. Cowan, Hudlin and Lee were joined by Milestone co-founder Derek Dingle and Earth M collaborators Alice Randall, Kyle Baker, Ken Lashley, and Greg Pak to share details of the re-emergence of classic Milestone characters, including Static Shock, Icon, and Rocket, as well as brand-new character creations from Hudlin and Cowan, which will debut in a series of different titles under the Earth M imprint.
Fans also received a surprise visit from The Walking Dead comic creator and writer Robert Kirkman, who stopped by to show a first look at his upcoming AMC documentary featuring the creation and history of Milestone Media. This episode is just one of six parts which comprise AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics—a new series focusing on different, significant chapters in American comic book history. The miniseriesis set to premiere on Sunday, November 12, at 11p.m. ET/PT.
The launch book will be titled Milestone, and will create the foundation and over-arching storyline for future Earth M titles. The series, from writer Reginald Hudlin and artist Ken Lashley, will focus on Icon and Rocket and will feature other classic Dakota Universe characters from the ‘90s.
Panelists shared more details on other titles readers can expect:
Static Shock, an ongoing series from Hudlin and Kyle Baker, focusing on 14-year-old Virgil Hawkins, a kid with a love of comics and science who develops dazzling, electric superpowers.
Duo, a new Earth M miniseries written by Greg Pak, introducing the twisted story of a couple sharing one body for eternity.
Love Army, a miniseries with story by Hudlin, about a secret army of women with amazing abilities and super-strength, sworn to protect the planet.
Earth M, a new series from Hudlin and Alice Randall featuring a mysterious new vigilante character.
The Earth M Universe will share Milestone’s dedication to the creation of diverse characters. Moderator Dan Evans, DC Vice President of Creative Affairs, and the panelists also unveiled the new imprint logo and shared exclusive covers, artwork and concept designs from these upcoming series which you can catch below.