DC has announced the first issues of the revitalized Milestone Comics, with one series launching in June and another in July. Both series are planned to be six issues.

Static Season One #1 brings back the best known of the Milestone heroes, Static, a.k.a. Virgil Hawkins, whose superpower is the ability to manipulate electromagnetic fields. Bullied and geeky, Virgil gets his superpower on the same day he goes to his first protest, when he is exposed to an experimental tear gas. When the air clears, he can control electricity, but he’s also still angry, and his bullies now have superpowers as well. Static Season One #1 will go on sale on June 15, and Static Season One #2 will be released on July 20. 

The writer for Static Season One is Vita Ayala (Ironheart, Bitch Planet); the comic will have layouts by ChrisCross, finishes by Nikolas Draper-Ivey, and main covers by Khary Randolph. Issue 1 will have an old school variant cover by Shawn Martinbrough, a new school variant cover by Nikolas Draper-Ivey, a 1:25 variant by Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan, and a team variant cover by Olivier Coipel. Issue 2 will have a card stock variant cover by Nicholas Draper-Ivey.

Icon & Rocket (Season One) #1 will debut on July 27 with a story by Reginald Hudlin, art by Doug Braithwaite, inks by Andrew Currie, and the main cover by Taurin Clarke. This series brings back two more Milestone superheroes: the superpowered alien Icon and his partner Rocket, a young human woman. Unable to return to his home planet, Icon has resigned himself to living out his days on earth in his human form, as a Black man. He’s not doing much until Raquel Ervin shows up and persuades him to start using his powers for good, with her as his sidekick. The first issue will have an old school variant cover by Darryl Banks, a new school variant by Doug Braithwaite, and a 1:25 variant by Reina Koyano.

All three comics are priced at $3.99 for a 32-page issue with the main cover; variants are priced at $4.99.

Milestone was formed in 1993 as a black-owned comics studio whose comics were published and distributed by DC. After Milestone stopped producing new comics, in 1997, DC made several attempts to incorporate the Milestone characters into its own universe, but ultimately decided to revive Milestone as an imprint (see “Milestone Return to DC  Comics Scheduled”). In February, DC announced it would kick off the imprint with a one-shot comic, Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0, to be released on May 25 (see “Milestone Comics Returns with a One-Shot Written by Reginald Hudlin”).

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