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!
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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
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
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!
Act Of Betrayal
Written by Sara Craven
Art by Miho Tomoi
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
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 behind Static, 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 of Duo, 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 Static Shock 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.
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.
Enjoy Marvel Adventures with the Hulk, take a Deep Dive with Aquaman, and… brains… with Marvel Zombies: Dead Days in Today’s Digital Comics
ComiXology has new digital comics from DC Comics and Marvel in today’s new releases. There are comics for every age and you can see what you can get below.
Aquaman: Deep Dives #3
Written by Steve Orlando
Pencils Ken V Marion
Inks Sandu Florea
Colored by Andrew Dalhouse
Aquaman and Tempest race to stop an enraged monster that has escaped its magical tomb under the city of New York.
Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 1: Misunderstood Monster
Written by Paul Benjamin
Art by David Nakayama
Cover by Carlo Pagulayan
Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #1-4.
The Green Goliath smashes his way into his own Marvel Adventures title! See how brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was cursed to transform into the rampaging Hulk! Learn why Banner’s girlfriend Betty Ross left him, why her father, General “Thunderbolt” Ross, hunts him and why Rick Jones blames himself for creating the monster. Most of all, thrill to the Hulk smashing everything in sight!
Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 2: Defenders
Written by Paul Benjamin
Art by David Nakayama, Steve Scott
Cover by Juan Santacruz
Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #5-8.
The Green Goliath continues to smash his way through his own Marvel Adventures title! See how brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was cursed to transform into the rampaging Hulk! Dr. Strange, the Silver Surfer and Namor all arrive on the scene, concluding in an all-new Defenders team-up adventure! Most important, thrill to the Hulk smashing everything in sight!
Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 3: Strongest One There Is
Written by Paul Benjamin
Art by Steve Scott
Cover by David Nakayama
Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #9-12.
The Green Goliath smashes his way into his own Marvel Adventures title! Caught in the explosion of a gamma bomb, brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was transformed into a hulking beast! With no control over his transformations, Banner lives on the run, helping those less fortunate than he, hoping to one day find a cure to rid himself of the rampaging Hulk. Featuring Doc Samson, the Juggernaut and the Thing – and the Hulk smashing everything in sight!
Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 4: Tales To Astonish
Written by Peter David
Art by Juan Santacruz
Cover by Sean Murphy
Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #13-16.
The Green Goliath continues to smash his way through his own Marvel Adventures title! Caught in the explosion of a gamma bomb, brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was transformed into a hulking beast! With no control over his transformations, Banner lives on the run, helping those less fortunate than he, hoping to one day find a cure to rid himself of the rampaging Hulk. Featuring Psycho Man, the Leader, the Abomination and the Marvel Mummies — and the Hulk smashing everything in sight!
Marvel Zombies: Dead Days
Written by Reginald Hudlin, Robert Kirkman, Mark Millar
Art by Mitch Breitweiser, Greg Land, Sean Phillips, Francis Portela
Cover by Arthur Suydam
Collects Marvel Zombies: Dead Days; Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23, #30-32; And Black Panther (2005) #28-30.
At last – experience the birth of the Marvel Zombies as told by the creative team of the best-selling limited series, and then witness their rise as they attempt to slake their hunger across two universes! First, Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips pull out all the stops as they reveal the secret story of the day the Marvel Heroes became brain-eating monsters! Next, follow the Marvel Zombies into the pages of Mark Millar and Greg Land’s ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR! Reed Richards has used his scientific genius to contact an Earth in a surprisingly familiar parallel dimension – and he’s ready to visit! But nothing could have prepared him for the world he’s about to enter! Finally, get out the hot sauce, True Believer – it’s slobberin’ time! In Reginald Hudlin and Francis Portela’s Black Panther, the mainstream Marvel Universe’s New Fantastic Four just made a wrong turn on the dimensional super highway – and they’ve landed in the middle of Zombie-verse! And if that weren’t bad enough, they’ve parked their butts on that universe’s Skrull Planet!
Rocket To The Moon! #1
Written by Don Brown
Art by Don Brown
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it wasn’t just one man who got us to the moon. Rocket to the Moon! explores the people and technology that made the moon landing possible. Instead of examining one person’s life, it focuses on the moon landing itself, showing the events leading up to it and how it changed the world. The book takes readers through the history of rocket building: from ancient Chinese rockets, to “bombs bursting in air” during the War of 1812, to Russia’s Sputnik program, to the moon landing. Beautifully illustrated and well-researched, this book is the perfect resource for curious readers and tomorrow’s scientists. It includes a timeline of space travel, a bibliography, and an index.
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The movie, Black Panther, has been more than bright spot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has proven itself to be a little more than a watershed moment. As fans worldwide took to the streets in masses, and watched this movie, even if they weren’t comic book fans. The one thing that made the movie great, is what makes Orange Is The New Black, required viewing, as it focused on the people that comprise the place and not on one single character. This is what made the movie stand taller than any other heroes solo movie debut, as it gave the main character, the gravitas and humanity to make the viewer appreciate the journey T’Challa was on.
This became even more prevalent as we found out who these people that surround him are and why they are connected to him, as they also make him who he is. One of those people, is fan favorite, Shuri, the one person who makes T’Challa better and who is said to be smarter than Tony Starks, a distinguish which makes her even more iconic. The importance of the character can be seen in the thousands of little girls who dress up like her, but only comic fans knows she takes up the mantle. In The Deadliest Of The Species, we follow Shuri as she occupies the role of ruler and battle an outside invader.
T’Challa attends a mysterious meeting in which Namor has joined forces with Loki and Doom, to form a confederation of individuals whose interests align with each other, as soon as T’Challa finds out what is going on, him and Doom battle, one which leaves the Black Panther badly injured and with a loss of one of his Dora Milaje. T’Challa returns to Wakanda in a comatose state, leaving the country without a Black Panther, leading to Ramonda and Storm to nominate Shuri to temporarily inhabit the sovereign seat, one in which she must undergoes the same tests every other Black Panther must face. In the meantime, Storm desperate for T’Challa to return to her, enters the celestial plane, known as D’Jalia, in search of him, while facing demons along the way. On the horizon, Morlun has awaken from the other end of the continent, planning his attack on Wakanda, one that Shuri’s training is about to pay off. By book’s end, Shuri outsmarts Morlun , defeating him with her wit and brawn, and Storm is able to able to bring back T’Challa from the D’Jalia.
Overall, a story which finds one of the canon’s favorite characters in the forefront, and at her best and a story which the new movie borrows form heavily. The story by Reginald Hudlin is dramatic, well developed and shows why he is one of the more renowned authors in the Black Panther canon. The art by creative team is vivid and prominent. Altogether, an excellent book which showcases this influential character and why she is important to canon.
Story: Reginald Hudlin Art: Ken Lashley, Paul Neary and Paul Mounts
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy
Marvel’s Black Panther is one of those movies that has changed how the world has viewed superheroes of color. Never has such fanfare for a character has been expressed by legions of fans expecting a glimmer of hope, but what they got instead was a ray of sun. For longtime fans, we knew of the character’s importance and what it means, especially for comic book fans of color. What most of the media has failed to realize is just how this has been years in the making and not a one-time phenomenon, which is why Todd Steven Burroughs’ outstanding investigation of the character in Marvel’s Black Panther: A Comic Biography, seeks to give the character and his fans their just due.
In the Foreword, Makani Themba recounts how they first met the character between the pages of Fantastic Four in the summer of 1966 and how it impacted their upbringing. The book follows a chronological biography of the character, one that would fail under any other author, but unfolds like riveting epic within the words of Burroughs. In “From Patrice Lumumba to Sidney Poitier” he unpacks how the character was conceived and used in its early years. In “The Jungle Book”, we found out how Don MacGregor first started to shape the character’s narrative, veering away from the racist images and stereotypes and towards a technologically superior vision of Africa.
In “The Finished Man,”MacGregor was able to retcon much of the narrative that Kirby had laid initially and tell a story that was relevant to the time involving apartheid South Africa. In “Return of The Kings,” Burroughs digs into the problems that Kirby’s depiction of the character brought and how a good portion of it was the way Marvel treated Kirby before he left the company and after he returned. “The Client Was A Man of Remarkable Focus,” the amazing run of Christopher Priest on the character showed a different side of the character, something another website called “The an who Made Black Panther Cool,” which is an accurate description of his time on the titular character’s book. In “The Spy King.” Where Priest revealed the real reason T’Challa joined the Avengers, one that would shake the superhero team to its core.
In “Hudlin’s Un-Compromised Royal (Black) Super-Man,” Burroughs examines Reginald Hudlin’s run on the character, often espousing the anti-colonialism stance many fans often wished the character would show, and he did this instantly with the character’s dominance over Captain America. In “Side-Swipes,” he explores the replacements to the throne and the mantle, Kevin “Kasper” Cole, a NYC cop, who was half Jewish and half African and T’Challa’s sister, Shuri, whose dealings with Dr. Doom brought many troubles to the sitting sovereign. In “The Black(Man) Without Fear,” T’Challa’s run as the protector of Hell’s Kitchen, a rather satisfying story, but one that would disempower the character, a step back in many ways for the character. In “Between the World and Him,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’s significant run on the character is explored, where he takes into consideration the significance and impact on the canon by the only two black writers prior to his run.
In “The Conclusion,” Burroughs digs into the character’s first big screen appearance in Captain America: Civil War, where he promotes both the fierce independence of the character and the proud Wakandan resistance to colonialism.” In the “Afterword,” Greg Carr, the chair for Africana Studies at Howard University, discusses the reality of the character’s impact, it being purely aspirational for members of the African Diaspora. Overall, the book serves two purposes, to educate and entertain, giving this character its proper place in history and popular culture.
Story: Todd Steven Burroughs
Prose: 10 Research: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy