'Earth M' to come from DC Comics in 2018
The return of the "Dakota Universe" characters formerly published by Milestone Media was announced at New York Comic Con.
DC Publisher Jim Lee, writer/producer/director Reginald Hudlin and Milestone co-founder and artist Denys Cowan announced the collaboration, called Earth M, set for spring 2018.
Cowan, Hudlin and Lee were joined on the panel by Milestone co-founder Derek Dingle and Earth M collaborators Alice Randall, Kyle Baker, Ken Lashley and Greg Pak. The new lineup is expected to feature the re-emergence of classic Milestone characters, including Static Shock, Icon and Rocket, as well as brand-new character creations from Hudlin and Cowan, which will debut in a series of different titles under the Earth M imprint, according to a release from DC.
Robert Kirkman, creator of "The Walking Dead," appeared on the panel to promote is six-part series "AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics," which will include a portion on the creation and history of Milestone Media.
The miniseries is set to premiere on Sunday, November 12, at 11p.m. ET/PT.
The launch title for the new Earth M universe will be "Milestone," from writer Reginald Hudlin and artist Ken Lashley, will focus on Icon and Rocket and will feature other classic Dakota Universe characters from the ‘90s.
“We know fans have been waiting for the return of Milestone Media and we’re excited to collaborate with Reggie and Denys to build this new Earth M universe,” said Lee in a news release. “This world will reintroduce iconic characters fans know and love—along with new, bold, original concepts—creating a new platform dedicated to inclusion and great storytelling.”
Other titles mentioned by DC in the news release and at the panel:
STATIC SHOCK, an ongoing series from Hudlin and Kyle Baker, focusing on 14-year-old Virgil Hawkins, a kid with a love of comics and science who develops dazzling, electric superpowers.
DUO, a new Earth M miniseries written by Greg Pak, introducing the twisted story of a couple sharing one body for eternity.
LOVE ARMY, a miniseries with story by Hudlin, about a secret army of women with amazing abilities and super-strength, sworn to protect the planet.
EARTH M, a new series from Hudlin and Alice Randall featuring a mysterious new vigilante character.
Covers, artwork and concept designs from these upcoming series were shown at the panel.
Unmentioned in the release from DC was a lawsuit brought by the widow of Milestone co-founder Dwayne McDuffie in August. According to Variety, the lawsuit alleges that McDuffie owned half of the company at the time of his death in 2011, and that the shares were not bought out by the remaining parties. Variety had no comment from the Milestone partners to the lawsuit, but noted they denied the allegations previously.