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I Hope The Ball Doesn’t Get Dropped…

…with the Milestone characters now that they are back from Publishing Limbo.

Static has always been pretty popular, but the rest of the big four Milestone characters might just be shunted off to the side.

Icon has been labelled as The Black Superman and this seeming redundancy causes him to get disregarded. (Even though Superboy, Superboy Prime, Supergirl, Captain Marvel, Black Adam, Mon-El/Valor/M’Onel and the whole planet of New Krypton don’t seem to have that problem).

Hardware has already made an appearance in The Brave and The Bold teaming up with Blue Beetle and even though he was the typical “angry black hero” who doesn’t want to team up with Jaime, at least he was being used. AND the issue hinted at what could possibly be a long term storyline for Hardware. Personally, I just want him to start a new company with John Henry Irons because I’m sick of Lexcorp stuff being everywhere.

Blood Syndicate isn’t technically one character, but they have almost always been treated as one monolithic entity and a lot of creators have rarely used just one or two of the individual members. Not to seem to glib about it, but I’m not even sure if most people are aware they have names.

Of course, the one Milestone character (outside of Static) who will probably get used in the DCU is the top Milestone villain (sorry Alva): Holocaust. Not only is he an angry black drug dealing gang banger with a secret middle class background but he has the added benefit of being offensive to a lot of the Jewish population.

Of course there are other characters, but these are the big ones.

Like I said, I just hope DC does a better job with the Milestone character than Marvel did with the Malibu characters.

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Robert Loren Fleming is returning

It hasn’t been any secret to anyone that my favorite part of Newsarama has been the interviews by Vaneta Rogers. In an interview that she did with Jann Jones and Keith Giffen, she mentions that they are bringing back Ambush Bug. It’s also no secret that I have only read the Secret Origins issue featuring Ambush Bug, but I know that he has a large following and I hope that Keith Giffen makes a big loaf of dollar bills from the return.

However, the big news to me is the fact that Robert Loren Fleming is writing the dialog. I loved his work on Thriller, Underworld, Valor and especially Aquaman. In fact, his too short run on Aquaman (a special and a five issue miniseries) is what caused me to give the Peter David run a chance. Fleming made Aquaman interesting to me for the first time.

I will admit that I haven’t really followed his career since he left Eclipso, but I am stoked that he is coming back and hope this opens the door for him to do more work for DC. Of course, the best possible thing for me would be a new collection of the first seven issues of Thriller, followed by the ending to the story the way he wanted to tell it (No offense to Bill Dubay, but I didn’t like his stuff). Oh and a continuation to Underworld would be nice too.

Yeah I know, it won’t happen, but I can hope, can’t I?

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