Milestone does not belong within the DCU
July 27th, 2008 by Rich Watson
The fanboy in me is naturally thrilled at the thought of the Milestone characters returning in all-new adventures. I remember well when the multicultural imprint launched in 1993 through DC Comics, and I enjoyed buying comics like Icon, Static, and Shadow Cabinet, among others. I was pleased to see Static become a breakout hit, one that crossed over into a critically-acclaimed animated series. And I’ve tried to support co-founder Dwayne McDuffie in this blog whenever possible. But I find I cannot support him in this decision to integrate the Milestone characters into the greater DC Universe. In fact, I believe it is a terrible mistake, and to understand why, one need only look at history.
In 2004, Disney acquired the assets to CrossGen after that publisher also had money problems. For a brief time, CrossGen came close to revolutionizing the entire industry, attracting A-list creators like Mark Waid and George Perez, developing a production system that emphasized eye-popping artwork, utilizing multiple distribution systems and reprint formats, and launching initiatives designed to attract a wider reading audience. But Disney’s plans to further develop breakout hits Meridian and Ruse have yet to see the light of day, and though certain CG titles have been reprinted by Checker Books, no new material has been forthcoming.