Icon is a Milestone Comics superhero series written by Dwayne McDuffie, which ran from 1993-1997. Along with the other Milestone characters, he has recently been imported into the DC Universe. (Only he and Superman know that the Dakotaverse had its own, separate existence.)Augustus Freeman IV, in reality an alien space traveler stranded on Earth, is persuaded by a young woman, Raquel Ervin, to use his alien powers to become a superhero. He takes the name Icon, and Racquel becomes his sidekick, Rocket.
This series provides examples of:
- But Not Too Black: Icon in his civilian life is a lawyer, and very well educated, and lives in the suburbs. Because of this, some have accused him of being a sellout and not "acting black."
- Captain Ersatz:
- Supporting character "Buck Wild, Mercenary Man" is a parody of Marvel Comics's Luke Cage: Hero for Hire (with occasional forays into being a parody of other token black heroes including Black Goliath, The Falcon, and Black Lightning).
- Icon himself is a counterpart to Superman, something which has actually been noted in-universe in series such as Final Crisis and Young Justice.
- Cleavage Window: Rocket's first costume, to the conservative Icon's disapproval. When he later designs and gives her a second costume, the window is pointedly absent.
- Expy: Icon is one of Superman.
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: One storyline has Raquel discovering that she is pregnant. Everyone she asks for advice — including the socially conservative Icon himself — is sympathetic to her situation, and offer no objection to the possibility of her aborting. She eventually decides that she was really fishing for a trusted authority figure to tell her to do what she wanted to do anyway — carry the baby to term.
- Jive Turkey: Buck Wild and his absurd 70's slang (Sweet Easter! Aunt Jemina's do rag!). When he fills in for Icon, he switches to Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe.
- Last Disrespects: At Buck Wild's funeral, almost none of the congregation have anything decent to say about Buck, and pretty much agree with the pastor when his opening words are nothing but insults to Buck. Darnice, who was the Rocket to Buck's Icon, is disgusted by the lack of gratitude everybody has for Buck and reminds them of the good he'd done as Icon and that he died fighting to protect everyone. It's only after Darnice's outburst that Buck's Rogues Gallery starts appearing and reminisces about their battles with Buck.
- My Grandson Myself: Augustus Freeman IV was also Augustus Freemans I through III — he's been stranded on Earth for over 150 years.
- Plea Bargain: Part of Buck Wild's backstory:Buck: It all started when I wuz convicted of a crime I didn't commit. I plea bargained down from the crime I really did.
- Really 700 Years Old: Icon
- Sufficiently Advanced Technology: Icon's powers are the result of advanced alien medical technology, supplemented with advanced alien gadgets. The belt that gives Raquel her powers is an air bag from Icon's ship, to give you an idea of how advanced the tech is.
- Transplanted Human: Apparently, the reason why he looks human is that he automatically copied the genetic code of the first human he met - A plantation slave woman. In his natural form he looks like one of The Greys.