Milestone comics to relaunch Static Shock, Earth M in 2018
Officially announced at New York Comic Con earlier today, Milestone Media, the publisher responsible for such characters as Static Shock, Icon, and Rocket will be rejoining the DC multiverse in its own continuity. Dubbed Earth M, the latest addition to the multiverse will feature familiar Milestone heroes and villains as well as newly created characters for the relaunch.
Speaking at a NYCC panel today on the relaunch were Milestone co-founders Derek Dingle and Denys Cowan, along with DC co-publisher Jim Lee who had this to say about the relaunch:
We know fans have been waiting for the return of Milestone Media and we’re excited to collaborate with Reggie and Denys to build this new Earth M universe. This world will reintroduce iconic characters fans know and love—along with new, bold, original concepts—creating a new platform dedicated to inclusion and great storytelling.
Also in attendance were the bevy of talent signed on to create for the Milestone Imprint including Alice Randall, Kyle Baker, Greg Pak, Ken Lashley, and Reginald Hudlin. Hudlin and Lashley have the honors of kicking off the imprint with Milestone, a book that focuses on two of Milestone’s earliest heroes Rocket and Icon but will act as a center for the entire line of books.
Earth M will launch in Spring 2018 with the first wave to include Milestone, as well as these announced titles:
- Static Shock, an ongoing series from Reginald Hudlin and Kyle Baker, focusing on 14-year-old Virgil Hawkins, a kid with a love of comics and science who develops dazzling, electric superpowers.
- Duo, a new Earth M miniseries written by Greg Pak, introducing the twisted story of Jake and Julie Chan, a couple now sharing one body for eternity.
- Love Army, a miniseries with story by Rginald Hudlin, about a secret army of women with amazing abilities and super-strength, sworn to protect the planet.
- Earth M, a new series from Reginald Hudlin and Alice Randall featuring a mysterious new vigilante character.
Milestone Media was formed in 1993 as a means to gain representation among African-Americans in the comic medium, and that still hasn’t changed. Denys Cowan had this to say at the panel regarding the initiative:
There’s stuff going on in the world. I don’t have to tell you what’s been going on with us, with our people. It’s a time for heroes, and we intend to show you guys as many as we can.
Image Credits: Milestone Comics