DC FanDome put a revival of Black owned imprint Milestone Comics front and center in their online stream. The big news upfront is an upcoming animated film set in Dakota City.
“This has been the thing that Milestone fans have been dreaming about for a long time, and we’re happy to give it to you, finally,” said legendary artist, Milestone co-founder, and Hardware Season One artist Denys Cowan during the panel. This animate feature will likely feature a number of characters from Milestone comics. The best known characters of Milestone include Static Shock, Icon, Rocket and Hardware.
Milestone Media started with Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and Derek T. Dingle. These founders created stories around the minorities that they felt were largely ignored in American comics of the time.
Recently we have seen Season One relaunches of Icon & Rocket, Static and Hardware with the panel announcing the upcoming Blood Syndicate comic. The panel also revealed that a Season Two of those titles will be forthcoming.
This February sees the release of a 1,300 page (!) collection of classic Milestone comics. Milestone Compendium #1 includes the first 12 issues of 1993’s Blood Syndicate (by the late Dwayne McDuffie, Ivan Velez Jr, Trevor Von Eeden, and Chris Cross); the first 10 issues of Icon from the same year (written by McDuffie, with art by M.D. Bright); the first 12 issues of Hardware (mostly by McDuffie and Cowan); the first 8 issues of Static (by McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and the late great John Paul Leon); the first 8 issues of Xombi (by John Rozum and Joe Brozowski; and Shadow Cabinet #0 (by McDuffie, Washington, and Leon). Milestone Compendium #1 releases on February 1, 2022.
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