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[[caption-width-right:260: Clockwise from top right: Comicbook/{{Hardware}}, ComicBook/{{Icon}}, Rocket, Comicbook/{{Static}}.]]

MilestoneComics was the imprint of Milestone Media, a coalition of African-American comics creators who felt that mainstream superhero comic books severely under-represented minorities. In a special deal with DCComics, the latter company distributed Milestone's output, but did not have editorial control over it. Milestone kept the copyrights, but DC got all the trademarks. It should be noted that, despite primarily featuring Black characters, Milestone aimed to showcase more ethnicities, and some of its heroes were Hispanic, Asian and even, yes, White.
[[index]]
The primary continuity was known as the Dakotaverse, after the fictional Midwestern city where the initial titles published in 1993 took place. These titles were:
* ComicBook/{{Icon}}: August Freeman IV, a wealthy conservative African-American who secretly has superhuman abilities (he's actually an alien) is convinced by a socially aware young woman, Raquel Ervin (who'd been participating in a robbery of his home) to become an [[TheCape inspirational]] superhero, with her as his sidekick, "Rocket".
* Comicbook/{{Static}}: Virgil Hawkins, a bright high school student, gets mixed up with gang violence just long enough to be present when the city's assembled gangs have a riot, the "Big Bang" -- which is broken up by police armed with an experimental gas. Gaining [[ShockAndAwe electromagnetic powers]] from exposure to the gas, he becomes a superhero. [[BreakoutCharacter This was the most popular of the titles]], gaining an animated adaptation, ''StaticShock''.
* ''ComicBook/BloodSyndicate'': A street gang that was at the riot mentioned above have all developed special abilities, and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters become the protectors/rulers of their slum neighborhood]]. The membership had severely clashing motivations and ethical stances, providing lots of drama.
* Comicbook/{{Hardware}}: Curtis Metcalf, a brilliant engineer, realizes his employer/mentor/father figure Edwin Alva (who only saw him as a "cog in his machine") is a supervillain-grade [[CorruptCorporateExecutive criminal mastermind]] and develops a suit of powered armor with embezzled funds to battle him and the organization backing him, the "SYSTEM".

After a year, and the first major crossover of the books, ''Shadow War'', two more titles were introduced, with a third one following a bit thereafter.
* ShadowCabinet: A globally-active superteam, led by the morally ambiguous Dharma. Initially they shunned publicity in favor of relatively covert action. ArcWords[=/=]CatchPhrase:
-->'''Random Team Member:''' (lists ways they've [[KickTheDog Kicked The Dog]] this month).
-->'''Dharma:''' [[KnightTemplar And we'll do worse before we're through.]]
* {{Xombi}}: An Asian scientist develops nanomachines that allow him to regenerate by absorbing nearby materials, making him functionally immortal. This was Milestone's supernatural title and seriously weird (we're talking Comicbook/DoomPatrol weird here.)
* {{Kobalt}}: A street-level vigilante is compelled to accept a new KidSidekick who is woefully unprepared for the realities of crimefighting.
[[/index]]
In 1994, the main Milestone titles [[CrisisCrossover crossed over]] with DC's Comicbook/{{Superman}}-related books, in the "Worlds Collide" storyline. In this story, a being with the ability to [[RealityWarper turn fiction into reality]] merges Metropolis and Dakota, leading to the heroes meeting and wondering [[MutuallyFictional which of them were real]].

While the distribution deal with DC was sweet, and Milestone's creative teams were good, the line was hobbled by a perception that Milestone was "[[MinorityShowGhetto comics for Black people]]", which kept many fans from investigating the books. (The fact many of their character's origins involved negative ethnic concepts -Icon's with slavery, Hardware's with the GlassCeiling, Blood Syndicate and gang violence, etc.- didn't help) At the same time, a glut of "new universes" was followed by a sharp downturn in overall comic book sales.

As a result, Milestone canceled some of its less well-selling series, and launched a new team book, ''Heroes'', featuring Static and several popular secondary characters in more traditionally heroic action. This failed to overcome the marketing difficulties, and Milestone ceased publication in 1997, concentrating on their StaticShock series instead.

Recently, DCComics struck a new deal with Milestone, which folds the Milestone characters into the DCUniverse proper, as though they had always been there. For example, Static was recently a member of the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans''. The revived version of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'' was used to reintroduce the Milestone characters by teaming them up with DC heroes (e.g., Hardware and BlueBeetle, Xombi and TheSpectre) ''Xombi'' became a short-lived 2011 ongoing series, and ''Static Shock'' was an (also short-lived) title in DC's {{New 52}} relaunch. How much of the previous history is still in continuity was unclear before, and even less so with the relaunch.

In addition to the above-mentioned ''StaticShock'' animated series, Static was featured in a guest-spot in an episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' also features Icon and Rocket as members of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, and Static joins the cast in season two.
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!!Tropes included in various Milestone Comics include:
* AGodAmI: Rift, the villain from ''Worlds Collide''. He believed he'd created ''both'' the DCUniverse and the Milestone one. However it seems he was just delusional (albeit [[PhysicalGod really, really powerful]]).
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Icon for Superman, Hardware for Steel, Static for Superboy, etc.- Lampshaded in Worlds Collide.
* AmazonianBeauty: Donner from the Shadow Cabinet
* AmbiguouslyGay: Edwin Alva and his magnificent feather boa.
* AndIMustScream: In ''Xombi'', Rustling Husks are mummies animated by the revived corpses of flies who died caught between two window panes - as they died, they could see the outside but could never reach it. Needless to say, their reanimated corpses ''hate'' humans and by extensive all living things. In short, they're '''pissed'''.
* AntiHero: A good majority of Milestone heroes, save for Icon and Static, fall into this.
* AntiVillain: Hardware's ArchNemesis, Edwin Alva. After spending dozens of issues ruthlessly pursuing our hero, [[spoiler:he dies saving the lives of hundreds of people.]]
* BreakoutCharacter: Thanks to the AnimatedSeries, Static has become the poster boy and best-known Milestone character.
* CanonImmigrant: As of right now, all of the Milestone characters appearing in the DCU.
* CaptainErsatz: Buck Wild from ''Icon'' was a parody of Marvel's Luke Cage -- specifically his {{Blaxploitation}} JiveTurkey DorkAge. The "Funeral for a Fool" story revealed that he'd become ersatz versions of other famous black superheroes in his career, and he even became Icon's [[LegacyCharacter successor]] for a while.
* TheChessmaster: Dharma.
* CrisisCrossover: ''Shadow War'', ''Worlds Collide'', ''Long Hot Summer''.
* {{Expy}}: Several examples:
** Icon intentionally evokes Superman, both in his origin and status as "Earth's greatest hero."
** Hardware can be seen as an expy of Steel. Personality-wise, they are on the opposite ends of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, with Steel on the former and Hardware on the latter.[[note]] Dwayne Mc Duffie explained that this was fully intentional, as he wanted to write a series where the lead begins as the typical violent, callous NinetiesAntiHero, then gradually changes and grows into someone more sympathetic and idealistic. Hardware's motivations shift as the series progresses, going from revenge to justice. In that sense - a technological genius slowly becomes a better perso through heroism - Hardware may also be considered an expy of Iron Man.[[/note]]
** Likewise Static can be seen as an expy of Spider-Man. Both Peter Parker and Virgil Hawkins are teenage superheroes who gained their powers through an accident. Both of them keep their crime-fighting a secret from their parents and tend to work alone yet always seem to wind-up involved in all the big team-up storylines. Both tend to use their genius-level knowledge of science to fight crime just as much as their superpowers. And they're both geeks with a sarcastic and referential sense of humor who crack wise during fights.
** Kobalt is Franchise/{{Batman}}, but more violent and reality-grounded version, if still non-lethal. Page, his KidSidekick, is [[strike:Robin]] a proto-{{Kick-Ass}} whose dad fed him to Kobalt as an attempted "Scared Straight" experience ([[SpringtimeForHitler that backfired]]).
* FallenHero: [[spoiler: John Tower]]
* FoxNewsLiberal: Icon is a conservative black man, but this is partially "explained" by his background and longevity.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Rocket.
* GrandFinale: ''Milestone Forever'', which also served as the point where the Milestone Universe was blended into DC Canon. It also ended up being DwayneMcDuffie's farewell to the characters, as he passed away not long after it was released. In this finale, we see several long-running storylines resolved: [[spoiler: The Blood Syndicate reform, Holocaust dies, Hardware retires and gets married, Rocket eventually takes over the mantle of Icon, and Virgil grows up to become a doctor, retires from Superheroing, and marries Frieda. In the end, Dharma reboots the universe to migrate them into DC Canon.]]
* GreenRocks: Quantum Juice.
* [[HideYourLesbians Hide Your Gays]]: In-universe, Fade is heavily closeted. A demon calls him "[[PrecisionFStrike faggot]]" just to get under his skin.
* HurricaneOfPuns: ''Xombi''. The entire series has punny characters like Nun of the Above, Nun the Less, Manuel and Manuella Dexterity (both of them are disembodied ''hands''), Sheer Shears (living scissors), and so on.
* KickTheDog: In the final issue of ''Kobalt'', his KidSidekick gets both arms broken and quits superheroing forever, chiefly due to the storylines being forcibly wrapped up.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Rift does this in ''Worlds Collide'' to Superman and Icon, [[LampshadeHanging stating that the two similar characters had to fight because that's what they're supposed to do]]. They play along and pull their punches. Rift is GenreSavvy enough to realize this and forces them into real NoHoldsBarredBeatdown when he states the loser's universe would be destroyed.
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: The Big Bang.
* MutuallyFictional: The "Dakota-verse" and the DCU in ''Worlds Collide''.
* MyGrandsonMyself: Icon resorted to this in his backstory.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Dakota.
* PleaBargain: Buck Wild had one of these in his backstory.
* PrecisionFStrike: ''Deathwish'' #3: "Fuck art, let's dance!"
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Edwin Alva.]]
* SacrificialLamb: Tech-Nine.
* SaveScumming: Flashback of the Blood Syndicate had the power to rewind time by three seconds, which was a literal lifesaver more than once. Partially [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] as the fact that she's had to see her friends ''die'' on several occasions takes a toll on her mentally.
* StoryReset: As per joining the DC Universe, they performed a sort of "soft reset" on the world.
* ShockAndAwe: Static.
* {{Transsexual}}:
** Marisa Rahm, the hero (but not the title character) of the ''Deathwish'' miniseries. Maddie (nee Adam) Blaustein [[AuthorAvatar based the character on herself]]. Like Marisa, Maddie was also pre-op.
** Also, in ''Blood Syndicate'', [[spoiler:Masquerade, a shapeshifter. Born a woman, but uses his powers to become the man he always felt he should be. This isn't known by other members of the team at first, and is a notable Reveal about a year into the book's run.]]
* UniverseBible
* WeCanRuleTogether:
** Hardware gets this offer from his employer/arch-enemy Edwin Alva. [[spoiler:The second time, he accepts.]]
** Holocaust typically uses this ploy to try to recruit the heroes to his side. It never works as Holocaust is not nearly as smooth a talker as he thinks he is.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Dear God, ''Xombi'', in spades.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Rift. He's just a mailman, really.

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'''BANG.'''

[[quoteright:260:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/MilestoneComics.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:260: Clockwise from top right: Comicbook/{{Hardware}}, ComicBook/{{Icon}}, Rocket, Comicbook/{{Static}}.]]

MilestoneComics was the imprint of Milestone Media, a coalition of African-American comics creators who felt that mainstream superhero comic books severely under-represented minorities. In a special deal with DCComics, the latter company distributed Milestone's output, but did not have editorial control over it. Milestone kept the copyrights, but DC got all the trademarks. It should be noted that, despite primarily featuring Black characters, Milestone aimed to showcase more ethnicities, and some of its heroes were Hispanic, Asian and even, yes, White.
[[index]]
The primary continuity was known as the Dakotaverse, after the fictional Midwestern city where the initial titles published in 1993 took place. These titles were:
* ComicBook/{{Icon}}: August Freeman IV, a wealthy conservative African-American who secretly has superhuman abilities (he's actually an alien) is convinced by a socially aware young woman, Raquel Ervin (who'd been participating in a robbery of his home) to become an [[TheCape inspirational]] superhero, with her as his sidekick, "Rocket".
* Comicbook/{{Static}}: Virgil Hawkins, a bright high school student, gets mixed up with gang violence just long enough to be present when the city's assembled gangs have a riot, the "Big Bang" -- which is broken up by police armed with an experimental gas. Gaining [[ShockAndAwe electromagnetic powers]] from exposure to the gas, he becomes a superhero. [[BreakoutCharacter This was the most popular of the titles]], gaining an animated adaptation, ''StaticShock''.
* ''ComicBook/BloodSyndicate'': A street gang that was at the riot mentioned above have all developed special abilities, and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters become the protectors/rulers of their slum neighborhood]]. The membership had severely clashing motivations and ethical stances, providing lots of drama.
* Comicbook/{{Hardware}}: Curtis Metcalf, a brilliant engineer, realizes his employer/mentor/father figure Edwin Alva (who only saw him as a "cog in his machine") is a supervillain-grade [[CorruptCorporateExecutive criminal mastermind]] and develops a suit of powered armor with embezzled funds to battle him and the organization backing him, the "SYSTEM".

After a year, and the first major crossover of the books, ''Shadow War'', two more titles were introduced, with a third one following a bit thereafter.
* ShadowCabinet: A globally-active superteam, led by the morally ambiguous Dharma. Initially they shunned publicity in favor of relatively covert action. ArcWords[=/=]CatchPhrase:
-->'''Random Team Member:''' (lists ways they've [[KickTheDog Kicked The Dog]] this month).
-->'''Dharma:''' [[KnightTemplar And we'll do worse before we're through.]]
* {{Xombi}}: An Asian scientist develops nanomachines that allow him to regenerate by absorbing nearby materials, making him functionally immortal. This was Milestone's supernatural title and seriously weird (we're talking Comicbook/DoomPatrol weird here.)
* {{Kobalt}}: A street-level vigilante is compelled to accept a new KidSidekick who is woefully unprepared for the realities of crimefighting.
[[/index]]
In 1994, the main Milestone titles [[CrisisCrossover crossed over]] with DC's Comicbook/{{Superman}}-related books, in the "Worlds Collide" storyline. In this story, a being with the ability to [[RealityWarper turn fiction into reality]] merges Metropolis and Dakota, leading to the heroes meeting and wondering [[MutuallyFictional which of them were real]].

While the distribution deal with DC was sweet, and Milestone's creative teams were good, the line was hobbled by a perception that Milestone was "[[MinorityShowGhetto comics for Black people]]", which kept many fans from investigating the books. (The fact many of their character's origins involved negative ethnic concepts -Icon's with slavery, Hardware's with the GlassCeiling, Blood Syndicate and gang violence, etc.- didn't help) At the same time, a glut of "new universes" was followed by a sharp downturn in overall comic book sales.

As a result, Milestone canceled some of its less well-selling series, and launched a new team book, ''Heroes'', featuring Static and several popular secondary characters in more traditionally heroic action. This failed to overcome the marketing difficulties, and Milestone ceased publication in 1997, concentrating on their StaticShock series instead.

Recently, DCComics struck a new deal with Milestone, which folds the Milestone characters into the DCUniverse proper, as though they had always been there. For example, Static was recently a member of the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans''. The revived version of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'' was used to reintroduce the Milestone characters by teaming them up with DC heroes (e.g., Hardware and BlueBeetle, Xombi and TheSpectre) ''Xombi'' became a short-lived 2011 ongoing series, and ''Static Shock'' was an (also short-lived) title in DC's {{New 52}} relaunch. How much of the previous history is still in continuity was unclear before, and even less so with the relaunch.

In addition to the above-mentioned ''StaticShock'' animated series, Static was featured in a guest-spot in an episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' also features Icon and Rocket as members of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, and Static joins the cast in season two.
----
!!Tropes included in various Milestone Comics include:
* AGodAmI: Rift, the villain from ''Worlds Collide''. He believed he'd created ''both'' the DCUniverse and the Milestone one. However it seems he was just delusional (albeit [[PhysicalGod really, really powerful]]).
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Icon for Superman, Hardware for Steel, Static for Superboy, etc.- Lampshaded in Worlds Collide.
* AmazonianBeauty: Donner from the Shadow Cabinet
* AmbiguouslyGay: Edwin Alva and his magnificent feather boa.
* AndIMustScream: In ''Xombi'', Rustling Husks are mummies animated by the revived corpses of flies who died caught between two window panes - as they died, they could see the outside but could never reach it. Needless to say, their reanimated corpses ''hate'' humans and by extensive all living things. In short, they're '''pissed'''.
* AntiHero: A good majority of Milestone heroes, save for Icon and Static, fall into this.
* AntiVillain: Hardware's ArchNemesis, Edwin Alva. After spending dozens of issues ruthlessly pursuing our hero, [[spoiler:he dies saving the lives of hundreds of people.]]
* BreakoutCharacter: Thanks to the AnimatedSeries, Static has become the poster boy and best-known Milestone character.
* CanonImmigrant: As of right now, all of the Milestone characters appearing in the DCU.
* CaptainErsatz: Buck Wild from ''Icon'' was a parody of Marvel's Luke Cage -- specifically his {{Blaxploitation}} JiveTurkey DorkAge. The "Funeral for a Fool" story revealed that he'd become ersatz versions of other famous black superheroes in his career, and he even became Icon's [[LegacyCharacter successor]] for a while.
* TheChessmaster: Dharma.
* CrisisCrossover: ''Shadow War'', ''Worlds Collide'', ''Long Hot Summer''.
* {{Expy}}: Several examples:
** Icon intentionally evokes Superman, both in his origin and status as "Earth's greatest hero."
** Hardware can be seen as an expy of Steel. Personality-wise, they are on the opposite ends of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, with Steel on the former and Hardware on the latter.[[note]] Dwayne Mc Duffie explained that this was fully intentional, as he wanted to write a series where the lead begins as the typical violent, callous NinetiesAntiHero, then gradually changes and grows into someone more sympathetic and idealistic. Hardware's motivations shift as the series progresses, going from revenge to justice. In that sense - a technological genius slowly becomes a better perso through heroism - Hardware may also be considered an expy of Iron Man.[[/note]]
** Likewise Static can be seen as an expy of Spider-Man. Both Peter Parker and Virgil Hawkins are teenage superheroes who gained their powers through an accident. Both of them keep their crime-fighting a secret from their parents and tend to work alone yet always seem to wind-up involved in all the big team-up storylines. Both tend to use their genius-level knowledge of science to fight crime just as much as their superpowers. And they're both geeks with a sarcastic and referential sense of humor who crack wise during fights.
** Kobalt is Franchise/{{Batman}}, but more violent and reality-grounded version, if still non-lethal. Page, his KidSidekick, is [[strike:Robin]] a proto-{{Kick-Ass}} whose dad fed him to Kobalt as an attempted "Scared Straight" experience ([[SpringtimeForHitler that backfired]]).
* FallenHero: [[spoiler: John Tower]]
* FoxNewsLiberal: Icon is a conservative black man, but this is partially "explained" by his background and longevity.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Rocket.
* GrandFinale: ''Milestone Forever'', which also served as the point where the Milestone Universe was blended into DC Canon. It also ended up being DwayneMcDuffie's farewell to the characters, as he passed away not long after it was released. In this finale, we see several long-running storylines resolved: [[spoiler: The Blood Syndicate reform, Holocaust dies, Hardware retires and gets married, Rocket eventually takes over the mantle of Icon, and Virgil grows up to become a doctor, retires from Superheroing, and marries Frieda. In the end, Dharma reboots the universe to migrate them into DC Canon.]]
* GreenRocks: Quantum Juice.
* [[HideYourLesbians Hide Your Gays]]: In-universe, Fade is heavily closeted. A demon calls him "[[PrecisionFStrike faggot]]" just to get under his skin.
* HurricaneOfPuns: ''Xombi''. The entire series has punny characters like Nun of the Above, Nun the Less, Manuel and Manuella Dexterity (both of them are disembodied ''hands''), Sheer Shears (living scissors), and so on.
* KickTheDog: In the final issue of ''Kobalt'', his KidSidekick gets both arms broken and quits superheroing forever, chiefly due to the storylines being forcibly wrapped up.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Rift does this in ''Worlds Collide'' to Superman and Icon, [[LampshadeHanging stating that the two similar characters had to fight because that's what they're supposed to do]]. They play along and pull their punches. Rift is GenreSavvy enough to realize this and forces them into real NoHoldsBarredBeatdown when he states the loser's universe would be destroyed.
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: The Big Bang.
* MutuallyFictional: The "Dakota-verse" and the DCU in ''Worlds Collide''.
* MyGrandsonMyself: Icon resorted to this in his backstory.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Dakota.
* PleaBargain: Buck Wild had one of these in his backstory.
* PrecisionFStrike: ''Deathwish'' #3: "Fuck art, let's dance!"
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Edwin Alva.]]
* SacrificialLamb: Tech-Nine.
* SaveScumming: Flashback of the Blood Syndicate had the power to rewind time by three seconds, which was a literal lifesaver more than once. Partially [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] as the fact that she's had to see her friends ''die'' on several occasions takes a toll on her mentally.
* StoryReset: As per joining the DC Universe, they performed a sort of "soft reset" on the world.
* ShockAndAwe: Static.
* {{Transsexual}}:
** Marisa Rahm, the hero (but not the title character) of the ''Deathwish'' miniseries. Maddie (nee Adam) Blaustein [[AuthorAvatar based the character on herself]]. Like Marisa, Maddie was also pre-op.
** Also, in ''Blood Syndicate'', [[spoiler:Masquerade, a shapeshifter. Born a woman, but uses his powers to become the man he always felt he should be. This isn't known by other members of the team at first, and is a notable Reveal about a year into the book's run.]]
* UniverseBible
* WeCanRuleTogether:
** Hardware gets this offer from his employer/arch-enemy Edwin Alva. [[spoiler:The second time, he accepts.]]
** Holocaust typically uses this ploy to try to recruit the heroes to his side. It never works as Holocaust is not nearly as smooth a talker as he thinks he is.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Dear God, ''Xombi'', in spades.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Rift. He's just a mailman, really.

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22nd Oct '13 2:23:17 PM erebus1994
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22nd Oct '13 2:22:20 PM erebus1994
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* ComicBook/{{BloodSyndicate}}: A street gang that was at the riot mentioned above have all developed special abilities, and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters become the protectors/rulers of their slum neighborhood]]. The membership had severely clashing motivations and ethical stances, providing lots of drama.

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* ComicBook/{{BloodSyndicate}}: ''ComicBook/BloodSyndicate'': A street gang that was at the riot mentioned above have all developed special abilities, and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters become the protectors/rulers of their slum neighborhood]]. The membership had severely clashing motivations and ethical stances, providing lots of drama.
22nd Oct '13 2:11:38 PM erebus1994
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* ComicBook/BloodSyndicate: A street gang that was at the riot mentioned above have all developed special abilities, and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters become the protectors/rulers of their slum neighborhood]]. The membership had severely clashing motivations and ethical stances, providing lots of drama.

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* ComicBook/BloodSyndicate: ComicBook/{{BloodSyndicate}}: A street gang that was at the riot mentioned above have all developed special abilities, and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters become the protectors/rulers of their slum neighborhood]]. The membership had severely clashing motivations and ethical stances, providing lots of drama.
22nd Oct '13 11:27:27 AM SeptimusHeap
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* BloodSyndicate: A street gang that was at the riot mentioned above have all developed special abilities, and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters become the protectors/rulers of their slum neighborhood]]. The membership had severely clashing motivations and ethical stances, providing lots of drama.

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* BloodSyndicate: ComicBook/BloodSyndicate: A street gang that was at the riot mentioned above have all developed special abilities, and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters become the protectors/rulers of their slum neighborhood]]. The membership had severely clashing motivations and ethical stances, providing lots of drama.
21st Oct '13 9:16:59 PM erebus1994
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* FallenHero: [[spoiler: John Tower]]
11th Sep '13 7:31:39 PM SAMAS
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In addition to the above-mentioned ''StaticShock'' animated series, Static was featured in a guest-spot in an episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' also features Icon and Rocket as members of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, and has been confirmed to be adding Static to the cast in season two.

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In addition to the above-mentioned ''StaticShock'' animated series, Static was featured in a guest-spot in an episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' also features Icon and Rocket as members of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, and has been confirmed to be adding Static to joins the cast in season two.


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* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: The Big Bang.
11th Sep '13 7:29:47 PM SAMAS
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While the distribution deal with DC was sweet, and Milestone's creative teams were good, the line was hobbled by a perception that Milestone was "comics for Black people", which kept many fans from investigating the books. (The fact many of their character's origins involved negative ethnic concepts -Icon's with slavery, Hardware's with the GlassCeiling, Blood Syndicate and gang violence, etc.- didn't help) At the same time, a glut of "new universes" was followed by a sharp downturn in overall comic book sales.

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While the distribution deal with DC was sweet, and Milestone's creative teams were good, the line was hobbled by a perception that Milestone was "comics "[[MinorityShowGhetto comics for Black people", people]]", which kept many fans from investigating the books. (The fact many of their character's origins involved negative ethnic concepts -Icon's with slavery, Hardware's with the GlassCeiling, Blood Syndicate and gang violence, etc.- didn't help) At the same time, a glut of "new universes" was followed by a sharp downturn in overall comic book sales.
29th Aug '13 3:09:42 PM DriftingSkies
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** Hardware can be seen as an expy of Steel. Personality-wise, they are on the opposite ends of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, with Steel on the former and Hardware on the latter.[[hottip:*: Dwayne Mc Duffie explained that this was fully intentional, as he wanted to write a series where the lead begins as the typical violent, callous NinetiesAntiHero, then gradually changes and grows into someone more sympathetic and idealistic. Hardware's motivations shift as the series progresses, going from revenge to justice. In that sense - a technological genius slowly becomes a better perso through heroism - Hardware may also be considered an expy of Iron Man.]]

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** Hardware can be seen as an expy of Steel. Personality-wise, they are on the opposite ends of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, with Steel on the former and Hardware on the latter.[[hottip:*: [[note]] Dwayne Mc Duffie explained that this was fully intentional, as he wanted to write a series where the lead begins as the typical violent, callous NinetiesAntiHero, then gradually changes and grows into someone more sympathetic and idealistic. Hardware's motivations shift as the series progresses, going from revenge to justice. In that sense - a technological genius slowly becomes a better perso through heroism - Hardware may also be considered an expy of Iron Man.]][[/note]]
23rd Jul '13 8:19:18 AM TVRulezAgain
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** Kobalt is {{Batman}}, but more violent and reality-grounded version, if still non-lethal. Page, his KidSidekick, is [[strike:Robin]] a proto-{{Kick-Ass}} whose dad fed him to Kobalt as an attempted "Scared Straight" experience ([[SpringtimeForHitler that backfired]]).

to:

** Kobalt is {{Batman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}}, but more violent and reality-grounded version, if still non-lethal. Page, his KidSidekick, is [[strike:Robin]] a proto-{{Kick-Ass}} whose dad fed him to Kobalt as an attempted "Scared Straight" experience ([[SpringtimeForHitler that backfired]]).
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