DC’s Milestone revival kicked off at FanDome earlier this month, with the promise of new and old material returning the beloved characters to comics. And at the second stage of FanDome, they followed through, with the release of Milestone Returns #0, free to read only during the digital convention. Now, they’re fulfilling another stage of that promise: Hardware and Icon are being published digitally for the first time ever.
This week saw the release of Hardware: The Man in the Machine, the first volume of Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan and J.J. Birch’s origin/revenge tale about genius inventor Curt Metcalf, on ComiXology and other digital platforms. And over the next two weeks, the first two volumes of Icon (A Hero’s Welcome and The Mothership Connection), from M.D. Bright and McDuffie, will go on sale online as well.
These three collections were made available to read for free as part of September’s FanDome event, and as you might guess from the quality of the creators, they are spectacular.
Icon overlays the Superman mythos on the Black American experience. Augustus Freeman is an adult alien who crashes in a cotton field in the South in 1869, and his pod reconfigures his body as an African American baby. He becomes an attorney and a pillar of the various communities he relocates through to mask his incredibly long life, but it isn’t until he meets a teenage girl named Raquel Irvin that he decides to become Icon and use his abilities to try and inspire a better society. She joins him, using his alien technology to fight crime as Rocket, his sidekick in the field.