A few days ago, DC Comics made the announcement that the Milestone Universe of characters would be returning to print and existing in the Multiverse on Earth-M. Below you can find the full press release that was delivered. Take a look.
The Press Release:
Reggie Hudlin and Denys Cowan Team Up With Jim Lee and Geoff Johns to Bring A Lineup of Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Characters Back to DC Universe with Original Graphic Novels, One Shots, and Miniseries. During DC Entertainment’s (DCE) early morning press gathering, DCE Co-Publisher Jim Lee, producer/director Reginald Hudlin and Milestone Media co-founder/artist Denys Cowan (DETECTIVE COMICS) announced the creation of “Earth-M,” which will be home to the “Dakota” universe of characters from 1993’s Milestone Media and a host of all new characters.
For fans, this means the return of favorite Milestone characters like STATIC SHOCK, ICON, ROCKET, HARDWARE and XOMBI, along with new heroes and villains, yet still retaining the same kind of contemporary and socially relevant tone of storytelling that made Milestone such a groundbreaking imprint in the early 90’s.
“We couldn’t be more proud and excited about the opportunity to bring the ‘Dakota’ universe back to DC,” said Lee. “This is a huge step forward for us in bringing readers a more diversified lineup as part of the New DC Universe, and we’re anxiously looking forward to telling new stories that are socially and culturally impactful and representative of the world in which we live.”
Arriving as hardcover graphic novels, up to two “Earth-M” titles will be published annually, as well as a yet-to-be-determined number of miniseries and one shots. These books will feature all-star creative talent, including Milestone principals Hudlin and Cowan, as well as DCE top guns Lee and Johns. This agreement also means a revival of Milestone content as collected editions, both in print and digital format.
“Milestone Media was the first company to create a superhero universe full of Black, Latino, Asian, and white superheroes – both gay and straight,” said Hudlin. “Its fan-base was equally diverse. This new relationship will enable us to not only revive classic Milestone characters, but introduce new ones as well. Denys and I have had a great time working with Jim and Geoff as we reinvent the Dakota Universe for the 21st century. We have a lot of innovative ideas – from how the characters are presented to how the books are released – that will excite both new and old fans.”
Original graphic novels, one shots and miniseries are just the first step in an overall Milestone revival, eventually expanding to include action figures and an upcoming STATIC SHOCK digital series.
“Milestone Media has a long tradition of bringing multicultural heroes to life and DC Entertainment has always been an industry leader with their innovative approaches,” said Cowan. “Working with Geoff and Jim has been great and Reggie, Derek [Dingle] and I are thrilled to team up with them to bring the Dakota universe of characters back to the fans.”
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: If you read these original issues and have been lamenting the overall absence of the characters from the illustrated page this is surely some exciting news for you. Back when the Milestone Universe first appeared in 1993, I bought all of the first issues and even kept on snagging them for a few more months before the overwhelming glut of my regularly read titles became too much to bear. I liked some of what was going on since it was very well done, but when I had to make a personal choice about supporting the new and different or something I had so many more years invested in I went with the latter. I know I fail you in this disclosure but I would prefer to be truthful with my readership. I know that I still have them all nice and neatly secured in a long box somewhere so if you are looking for some missing issues we should have a conversation since I have too many books around here but I digress. I think it will be interesting to see how the return does because comics are a lot a more money than they used to be at about $3 a copy for many of them and others even higher. Let’s add to that the idea that the consumer is glued to their mobile devices and social networking a lot more than they are celebrating the return of a comics universe. Let’s see how it pans out, I certainly wish them luck. Maybe we shall even see some of these characters making an appearance on one of the shows in the Arrowverse. That might work. What do you readers think about this news? Were you someone who read the Milestone Universe of titles back in the day? Let me know down in the comments section below.