Fans of Milestone Media properties such as Static, Icon, and Rocket were in for a surprise when Jim Lee, DC’s Chief Creative Officer and Publisher, announced their return in early 2021 during DC Fandome. The panel moderated by journalist and comic book writer Marc Bernardin included Milestone Media’s co-founder Denys Cowan, film and television producer Reginald Hudlin, along with actor Phil LaMarr. The Washington Post also reported on Milestone Comics return and shared artwork not shown during the panel.
Milestone Media began its comics imprint in 1993. The line affectionately known as the Dakotaverse launched with for four titles: Blood Syndicate, Hardware, Icon (co-starring Rocket), and Static. Milestone was the first black owned comic book company, though its titles were published and distributed by DC Comics. Unfortunately the imprint was cancelled in 1997 due to low sales. However the Dakotaverse’s most popular character Static sporadically appeared in comics throughout the 2000s and 2010s. Static (voiced by LaMarr) also starred in a Daytime Emmy winning cartoon on Kids WB.
Prior to his death in 2011, Milestone Media co-founder Dwayne McDuffie attempted to get the other Dakotaverse characters back into circulation on a regular basis. They appeared in the pages of Justice League of America during McDuffie’s tenure in 2007. In 2010 McDuffie wrote Milestone Forever, a two-issue mini-series, that detailed how the characters were incorporated into the regular DC universe.
DC hyped the return of Milestone Comics on their Twitter page accompanied by artwork from Denys Cowan. Check out the tweet below!