By Twentyfive 1 Comments
There are a few things that I find to be let downs with DC Comics. They are not big problems at all, but rather some things that impede on my personal enjoyment of the line. For one, whereas DC has found ways to broaden their horizon of storytelling by incorporating more genres & elements, such as War and Horror, and titles & characters, such as those belonging to Wildstorm and Vertigo, Milestone's presence in the new universe has been virtually absent thus far. Yes, we have had a Static comic that ran for eight issues before facing it's premature demise during the first round of cancellations, but there are a few issues with that. First and most important, creative differences kept Static, Milestone's most approachable character, from being a successful, or even an approachable title. Whenever people get in the way of a medium, nothing but trouble ensues. Now it remains to be seen whether or not he, or the entire Milestone universe will be given a second chance. Secondly, Static was moved away from his home town of Dakota City, and relocated to New York City. Now what does this mean? For all of this to make sense in the future, I can only see two things happening:
• Static can't return to Dakota City, unless it is for a visit
• The rest of the Dakota characters must continue fighting without him
Static, as I see him, should remain in NYC, and do his thing in S.T.A.R. Labs, and eventually become a Teen Titan. I think he could also be good to pop in random books to help out (I could actually see him working with Jaime Reyes). I liked his interaction with Hawkman, and I would like to see that expanded, and maybe, he could also have histories with other DC characters.
The rest of the Milestone cast could be featured in a few books: Rocket & Icon, Hardware, and Shadow Cabinet.
The overall tone of the Rocket & Icon title can be a one of loneliness and cynicism on the part of Icon, and optimism on Rocket's part. The boy who became Icon was careened to Earth from a distant planet (which a fellow comic viner suggested could be retconned to be the doomed planet Krypton. A sentiment I am totally on board with), and arrived to an America where slavery was the reality. He had to live throughout those years, and through the years where segregation replaced slavery as the norm in America. Fast forward to the present, and he is a successful lawyer named Augustus Freeman that is old-school in his beliefs and lifestyles (I want to avoid use of the word "conservative" because I don't want this to have political undertones). Freeman has grown distant and cold toward the human race. Until the night he met Raquel Irving. Raquel is mistaken as a girl belonging to the band of thieves that attempted to steal memorabilia from Freeman's estate. Freeman catches the girl, and threatens to alert the authorities. Irving tells him her life story, and Freeman, not feeling sympathetic at all, shares his. Raquel tries and fails to persuade Augustus to become a hero, and after a long conversation, she takes some of his technology, and becomes the hero ROCKET! All this in issue 1, just like before, but the main difference here is that Augustus wouldn't become Icon until a few issues later, when Rocket and a civilian she is trying to save are in dire peril. A man reforms, and starts to believe in humanity. A stark contrast from Superman, who has never lost faith in humanity. The tone for the rest of the year's worth of Rocket & Icon issues (if it makes it that far) should focus on Rocket showing Icon the realities of human lives whilst villains get in the way of her cause, and almost dissuade Icon from this new-found belief that humans can be good, before shifting the focus to a Rocket-propelled storyline (can you dig the pun I just made?).
A Shadow Cabinet comic book would be tricky to do, since the Shadow Cabinet book that was published in the 90's is almost exactly the same overall story that Stormwatch is currently running with. A secret team of heroes handle the world's problems that no one else can, and do so covertly. They even had two prominent gay characters back then named Donner and Blitzen, both female. It would seem like a blatant ripoff, although the Milestone characters came out first. This is why I think the best thing to do is change up the line-up a little, and add some characters from the DC universe. That book could use a different cast. You can add Donner, but leave Blitzen out for later, and add Kobalt, Xombi, and other characters (even characters from the main DCU, since there is an abundance of them).
In order for a Hardware book to work, the "Angry Black Man" stereotype will have to be ditched. It may have worked in the 90's when the comic market was more forgivable, but in 2012, that stuff wouldn't fly. I also believe that there should be a S.T.A.R. Labs at Dakota, because I did not really like Hardware's setup as working for the man he is trying to stop. They could have a story where Alva steals some of Curtis Metcalf's as of yet unpatented designs, and use them to make weapons for profit, and Curt becomes the hero named HARDWARE to retaliate against corporate greed, arms dealing. Fighting various old villains and new with his partner Technique.
I think it would be better to have Hardware work at S.T.A.R. Labs because it would have more meaning within the greater DC Universe, as opposed to working for the main villain. If they were in their own universe again, then it would be of great significance to have the protagonist work for the main antagonist, but within DC, it means more to work alongside the smartest minds.
Tell me what you guys think, I would really be interested in positive, constructive input if possible.