Milestone Comics. I’ll admit, I’ve never read an issue of any of the series. When they came out, I was burned out from trying a number of independant series only to be disappointed in one way or another. I also had been through a cost cutting round that left me with no Marvel comics left. I’d come full circle back to DC. Now, Static Shock the cartoon? I am a huge fan of that. The fact that Static teamed up with Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Batman Beyond, and the JLU cemented him in the DCU in my mind.
This summer at SDCC they announced that DC had bought the Milestone characters. (I’d love to ask the man himself Dwayne McDuffie what the details are. For some reason, when I go to his site, www.DwayneMcDuffie.com, I can log in, but the moment I move from the login page it logs me off again.)
One of the first integrations will be one many fans have been asking for. Static will be joining the Teen Titans. Not the Titans I like, the 20 something adults, but the remains of the group that used to be Young Justice. Robin III, Wonder Girl II, and whomever they feel like this month. Without Impulse and Superboy, the team is seriously missing half the draw.
But before that Icon and The Shadow Cabinet will be appearing in JLA. I’m psyched. I’m always open to learning about new and obscure characters (unfortunately, they sometimes get showcase just in time to be killed in the same story – Omen was a character I was looking forward to learning more about in YJ/TT Graduation Day. The only thing I learned was that she died.)
I’m stoked about this upcoming JLA appearance. Dwayne McDuffie is writing it. That tells me we will see his vision of the characters. I can’t think of anyone else I’d want to write this introduction more. But I’m also worried. We are in an era of chaos at DC. The original Titans are redundant. The Charlton characters bought 20 years ago have been changed beyond recognition. I’ve spent 25 years waiting for Black Lightning to be in the Justice League. What happens when DC decides Static makes Black Lightning redundant. What happens when the powers at DC decide the Milestone characters need to be revitalized in the near future. I am almost afraid to get to know new characters these days because in today’s environment they may be gone tomorrow (Isis). McDuffie will do them proud, but I fear for their future.
I almost forgot. The toy related part. Does this mean we can expect Milestone/Static figures in the toylines that arleady exist, or would the licensors need to renegotiate for them? Me? I’d love to see Static in my Mattel JLU collection. I’d easily buy Static in Mattel DC Universe classics. If McDuffie impresses enough of us, even more. And I could see a whole host of these characters in WizKids HeroClix collectable miniatures game (www.WizKidsGames.com)