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Comicbook: Icon
It's not as 'street' as it looks

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.

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:

  • Captain Ersatz:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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alternative title(s): Icon
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