Will the Milestone Relaunch Actually Happen?

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Last week we asked, “Can DC Save Comic Books?”! Here’s what some of you had to say:

Mark of Excellence: “DC is steering their fans back to the comics by making shit films.”

cheesus rice: “I would love to see that. I am afraid that the bloom is indeed off the rose. Now I can’t speak for every DC fan that resented being alienated by the new 52 but rebirth reignited my love for the characters and for the first time in almost a decade I’m excited for the direction they are going in. It is a bit of a cheat though to blame all the hard feelings on the new 52. ” stellar” concepts like cry for justice and identity crisis certainly didn’t help. I want to see the industry survive but maybe it’s too late. The movies and the cartoons seem to be the dominant medium now.. But I would love to be proven wrong.”

To read ALL the comments from last week’s column, CLICK HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we ask…

Will the Milestone Relaunch Actually Happen?

Some of you reading this may not remember Milestone Comics but they were a pretty big deal back in the day. Founded in 1993 by a coalition of African-American artists and writers, Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle believed that minorities were underrepresented in comics and wanted to change that. Sounds pretty familiar and something that we’re still dealing with.

The comics were set in the “Dakotaverse”, Milestone’s first wave of comics consisted of Hardware, Icon, Blood Syndicate and Static. While DC took care of the distribution and marketing, Milestone existed free from their continuity and were able to focus on a demographic that was largely ignored. Milestone had a number of things going for it but came at a time when the comic book industry was going through fluctuations and Milestone cancelled a number of low-selling titles in 1995 and 1996. Milestone closed down its line completely in 1997.

It didn’t disappear completely though.

Milestone Media was reformed in January 2015 by Reginald Hudlin and two of its co-founders, Denys Cowan and Derek Dingle. DC announced they would once again license the Milestone IP for usage as a comic book line and in other media. Fast forward to this year and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee said that the planned relaunch and reboot of the Milestone line that was announced is still going to happen and hoped to have news in the next few months.

“We couldn’t be more proud and excited about the opportunity to bring the ‘Dakota’ Universe back to DC,” said Lee in 2015. “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 foward to telling new stories that are socially and culturally impactful and representative of the world in which we live.”

DC’s plans were for a separate line co-existing in the broader DC Multiverse but in a separate dimension, ‘Earth-M’. There was a plan for titles including Static Shock, Icon, Rocket, and Xombi, with creators including Hudlin, Cowan, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Bill Sienkiewicz, Ken Lashley, and Christopher Priest. In addition to reviving Milestone characters of the past, Milestone Media said they’ll also be introducing new characters and including new creators in the mix.

It seems like the time is ripe for the relaunch and given the current political and racial climate, the line could find an expanded demographic to enjoy its line of titles.

The big question is if DC can pull all the pieces together to get the launch done. What do you think?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!

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