Minorities in cartoons: Rocket

Rocket

This week’s entry is Rocket, from Milestone Comics’ “Icon” title. Debuting in “Icon” #1, Rocket (real name Raquel Ervin) was created by Dwayne McDuffie and Mark D. Bright. Raquel grew up in an impoverished neighborhood of the fictional city of Dakota. As a teenager, while attempting a robbery with friends, she meets Augustus Freeman IV, … Read more

Anthony’s picks for DC Comics for June 2011

Here’s my picks for DC Comics for June 2011: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dc-comics-jun-2011-solicitations-110314.html Comics I’ll be buying: Static Shock Special #1 (one-shot), on sale June 1, $3 The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #8, on sale June 8, $3 Tiny Titans #41, on sale June 15, $3 Comics I might buy: Showcase Presents: The Trial of … Read more

RIP Dwayne McDuffie

I and the rest of the comics/animation enthusiast world was surprised today by the news that Dwayne McDuffie has died, due to complications from a surgical procedure. Comic Book Resources has this nice summary of McDuffie’s career. I was introduced to McDuffie’s work through reading the Milestone Comics line of characters when I was in … Read more

Black animated and comic characters: Static

Static

Continuing from the previous post about “Black superheroes with electrical-based powers,” we come to Static. Static (real name: Virgil Hawkins) was introduced in 1993 in “Static” #1, as part of the then-new Milestone Comics line, an imprint of DC Comics taking place in a world with a multicultural range of superheroes. Static’s origin: Virgil was … Read more