Milestone holds a reputation as a groundbreaking line of comics featuring a diverse cast of characters. But their legacy extends far beyond the color of their heroes’ skin.
When DC’s Milestone Comics premiered in 1993, it ushered forth dozens of characters, heroes, and villains of different backgrounds. It was unlike anything mainstream comics had published before. Superficially known as simply a Black comic company, the Milestone books sought to represent diversity through avenues beyond simply race. With four initial titles— Static, Icon, Hardware, and Blood Syndicate—characters of different socio-economic backgrounds, races, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities were presented through superhero stories that stayed true to the genre while simultaneously reinventing it. Even more important, the diverse characters played diverse roles within these stories.
Check out our News article to look at the different topics and social issues Milestone tackled through its four headlining books and the legacy it created that still lives on today.