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Review: Static: Season One #3

Static: Season One #3

I’ve generally enjoy the reboot of the Milestone line of comics. Each series has had a different focus and voice but all come together for a bigger story. Static launched the line with a youthful experience, energy, and style. There’s been some choices I’ve felt have been a little odd but overall, it’s an interesting story and direction. Static: Season One #3 amplifies some of the concerns I had but those concerns are a feature, not a bug.

Writer Vita Ayala has taken a familiar concept and given it a twist with the series. The story of a teenager gaining powers and having to learn to use them, and find a guiding focus, isn’t anything that’s new. It’s a formula that’s been done over and over. What Ayala is doing that’s different is putting those powers front and center. While there’s some kids who are hiding their powers, overall, a lot of the “discovery” is front and center. That works in some ways and not in others.

Static: Season One #3 really moves the story of the “Bang babies” forward. The government is making their moves to capture those who have powers seeing them as a threat. Virgil, meanwhile, is having issues of his own with some of the police have him cornered after his seeking help. The idea of powers being more out in the open is an interesting one. It changes up the familiar formula we’ve seen before, but also leaves issues with characters like Static who people have seen use his powers. Why the government is banging down his door needs to be explained a little better. It’s easy to just explain away as “optics” but it’s something that’s not being done well enough. That “issue” is the slight hang-up I have with the series so far.

But, Ayala keeps some of what works with the formula around and it works really well. There’s friendship and family at the center of the comic and it leaves its hero with a support structure you don’t see often. This isn’t the hero on an island on his own with the burden of life on his shoulders. There’s a support group here that works and adds a layer to the series. Ayala also does a great job of explaining what the characters are able to do and why. Why is Virgil able to sew a costume? There’s an element of show as well as tell that makes events go down a bit smoother in a way.

Nikolas Draper-Ivey and Chriscross each take a bit of the story. Draper-Ivey and Wil Quintana handle the color with Andworld Design doing the lettering. The art continues to be a solid aspect of the series with a style about it that enhances the youthful vigor of the comic. It’s a great example of voice and visuals matching as far as the tone.

Static: Season One #3 is a good comic. It takes some of my concerns and attempts to use them to shake a familiar formula up. We’ll see how well it does that in future issues, but for now it’s clear the series is doing things a bit different and keeping things fresh and interesting.

Story: Vita Ayala Art: Nikolas Draper-Ivey, Chriscross
Color: Nikolas Draper-Ivey, Wil Quintana Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.05 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Static: Season One #2

There was a lot of pressure and high expectations from Static: Season One #1 which marked the return of Milestone! It met them and then some. Does Static: Season One #2 keep the quality up?

Story: Vita Ayala
Layouts: Chriscross
Finishes/Color: Nikolas Draper-Ivey
Letterer: Andworld Design

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Preview: Static: Season One #2

Static: Season One #2

Story: Vita Ayala
Art: Nikolas Draper-Ivey, ChrisCross

Virgil Hawkins learns that a secret identity is a tricky thing when his high school bully gets upgraded to his super-powered archnemesis! But if he thinks the fires of Hotstreak burn hot, then he definitely isn’t ready for the white-hot anger of his parents, when they learn what he’s brought to their front door…

Static: Season One #2

Review: Static: Season One #1

There’s a lot of pressure and high expectations from Static: Season One #1 which marks the return of Milestone! Does it meet them?

Story: Vita Ayala
Layouts: Chriscross
Finishes/Color: Nikolas Draper-Ivey
Letterer: Andworld Design

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Review: Static: Season One #1

Static: Season One #1

Dynamic and crackling with energy. That’s a great way to describe Static: Season One #1, the ongoing start to the Dakotaverse. After far too long on the shelf, the world launched by the trailblazers at Milestone decades ago returns for a new take for a new time. Even with such high expectations and pressure, Static: Season One #1 is a solid debut that has me excited for more.

With a story by Vita Ayala, the debut issue delivers a nice mix of teenage issues and superhero action. Ayala focuses on the angst of what a kid’s to do when he develops superpowers. Layered on top of an underlying story about a proliferation of powers in general and you have a comic that’s your coming-of-age teen superhero story mixed with social awareness.

The story has a clear focus on Virgil’s struggle with his powers. But, there’s a parable aspect to it with the expansion of powers among the youth. For those who missed Milestone Returns #0, police used an experimental gas to disperse a protest resulting in powers emerging from some individuals. Dubbed “Bang Babies”, the protestors are blamed for what happened to them, not those who perpetrated the crimes. The situation can be applied to so many different real-world situations that it works well. Readers can come at the comic from their own experience and perspective that way though all stemming from an injustice and victims being blamed for the actions taken against them.

But through all of that Ayala reminds us that Virgil is a kid. He plays roleplaying games and has trouble asking out girls. He’s worried about his grades. His family talks at him as opposed to him. And as we’ve seen, he must deal with bullies, a situation far too many can relate to.

The layouts by Chriscross are fantastic. With finishes and colors by Nikolas Draper-Ivey, the comic is beautiful to look at. There’ a youthful energy about it that’s hard to ignore. The page layouts at times pop and all the time feel fresh. This is a comic that has a look and feel that’s perfectly in-sync between the writer, artists, and the characters. What’s impressive is there are some pages and spreads that are packed. But, at no time does it feel overwhelming or cluttered. It’s beautiful to look at playing off the blue energy Virgil’s struggling to keep in.

The comic is fantastic. There is some choppiness at times with some jumps in scenes and some disbelief as to who knows about the events of Milestone Returns #0 but it’s a hell of a fun start. Ayala delivers a balance of action of the grounded issues of growing up. It delivers a start in a classic style of superhero stories with a look that’s full of energy. Static: Season One #1 is a hell of a start that’s well worth checking out and the start of something exciting.

Story: Vita Ayala Layouts: Chriscross
Finishes/Color: Nikolas Draper-Ivey Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 8.7 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Watch the Milestone Media Panel from WonderCon@Home 2021

Since the digital launch of Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition, fans everywhere have been waiting for more information regarding the return of the Dakotaverse to DC. At WonderCon@Home 2021 we got some more of what’s to come as storytellers Reggie Hudlin and Denys Cowan with the very first appearance of the Static Season One team of artists CHRISCROSS and Nikolas Draper-Ivey for a fun discussion about what’s to come for the heroes of Dakota, moderated by the voice of Static Shock and Green Lantern John Stewart himself, Phil LaMarr!

Milestone Returns… to WonderCon@Home This Saturday

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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.

WHEN: Saturday, March 27 from 1-2pm PDT

Review: Xogenasys #4

XOGENASYS #4

In the remake of The Karate Kid, we get the same story but actually much better. As the same trope of “fish out of water” is still the same. Where it differs, is that it shows how the protagonist, is everyone’s journey. As we mostly hope we know who we are.

As the remake showed just how difficult it is to learn something new. It ingratiated the protagonist in the viewers’ imaginations, by showing no matter the odds, you just stay the course and persevere. Jackie Chan playing the role that Pat Morita played, made the movie, even more authentic. In Xogenasys #4 we find Darius learning how hard training is

We find Darius fighting with his trainer in a practically no holds barred sparring match that leaves him humble.  Eventually  the gym owner, stops the fight before it becomes dangerous to either of them. As he implores to Darius , just how disciplined he needs to be, to become the best. By issue’s end,  Darius finally gets his first match scheduled

Overall, Xogenasys #4 is a great chapter that endears Darius to the reader. The story by Corey Mikell is stupendous. The art by Sebastian Riera is elegant. Altogether, Xogenasys #4 is an entry that gives us some greater insight into the story and world.

Story: Corey Mikkell Art: Sebastian Riera
Story: 8.8 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Xogenasys #3

Xogenasys #3

I love sports movies, as they all are a bit hopeful and can be realistic. I think most viewers can identify with the story even if they never played a lick of organized sports because they recognize the fight. That ferocity, that anger, that world on your shoulders attitude. It is what most of us carry in ourselves.

This is what makes the Rocky franchise so indelible. As we see how he was the every man and how he persevered despite his humble beginnings. The best parts of these movies were the training montage, as they showed how these fighters for every inch. In Xogenasys #3 we find Darius training to be a pro player.

We find Darius showing up at the gym, where he is trained by the gym’s owner’s daughter, who is quite a fighter herself. Darius, like many men, often underestimates women, he finds that she more than knows what she is doing. AS he soon finds the rigors of professional training more than he expected. By the issue’s end,  just as Darius feels he gets some progress, his trainer has something else in mind.

Overall, Xogenasys #3 is a great chapter which more than adds to the great hall of training montages. The story by Corey Mikell is outstanding. The art by Sebastian Riera is stylish. Altogether, this story pumps up on the action.

Story: Corey  Mikkell Art: Sebastian Riera
Story: 8.8 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

The Creative Teams for Static, Icon & Rocket, and Hardware Relaunches Revealed

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:

Hardware

Written by Brandon Thomas
Art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Covers by Mateus Mahanini
Debuting August 15, 2021

Static

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

Almost American
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