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Comic Deep Dive: DC’s Milestone Media

Comic Deep Dive

Hey, folks! Welcome back to Comic Deep Dive! During these COVID-related comics dark times, I’ve taken the opportunity to do some strange and exciting comic book reading to fill the time. This week, I’m talking all about DC’s Milestone Media imprint! Here’s the run-down:

The Story

  • DC was ahead of its time in terms of diversity in characters
  • DC was also ahead of its time in terms of diversity in creators
  • They decided to form a new imprint featuring new characters of color created by writers and artists and editors of color
  • The characters resonated with readers of all backgrounds
  • Ran from 1993 to 2008
  • Started folding into the DC Universe in 2008 (and officially in 2011)

The Titles

  • Blood Syndicate
  • Hardware, Death Wish
  • Icon
  • Kobalt
  • Shadow Cabinet
  • Static, Static Shock, Vol. 2
  • Xombi, Vol. 2

The Events

  • Shadow War
  • Worlds Collide

The Crossovers

  • Worlds Collide with DC Universe
  • Began merging into the DC Universe in pages of Justice League of America
  • Completed merger during the New 52 relaunch

The Good Stuff

  • Quite a few great new characters
  • Somewhat “controversial at the time” stories paved the way for better storytelling opportunities
  • Gave voices and showcased work of often-overlooked creators of color
  • A few DC characters appeared (Superman, Superboy, Steel, Rift, and Lex Luthor)
  • Brought many new talents into the industry

The Bad Parts

  • The stories are very much part of the 90s
  • Nothing terrible, but the story behind the stories had a greater impact
  • Not enough to keep the line alive without merging, sadly all but forgotten now

The Creators of Note

  • Mastermind, creator, and editor-in-chief Dwayne McDuffie
  • Writing and artwork from Dwayne McDuffie, Kurt Busiek, Scott McDaniel, John Paul Leon, Humberto Ramos, J. H. Williams III, and Criss Cross

Characters Off the Page

  • Static Shock animated TV show
  • Characters made guest appearances on both Justice League and Young Justice animated TV shows
  • Static has become a pop culture icon

Overall Thoughts

  • Fun deep dive
  • I read it all, definitely worth the time
  • Conceivable and affordable to collect at the time, just missed the opportunities at the time
  • Nothing amazing, but fun to see a whole universe come together so quickly with limited interference by DC
  • As a DC completionist, I plan on keeping the whole line in my collection
  • My final grade: B

See you next week for another comic deep dive! In the meantime, share your thoughts on DC’s Milestone Media imprint with us on social media. We’d love to hear from you.

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