The Diverse and Boundary Pushing Milestone Comics Is Returning After 20 Years | Inside Edition

The Diverse and Boundary Pushing Milestone Comics Is Returning After 20 Years

Milestone Comics Preview
Milestone Media Facebook Page

Milestone Media was founded in 1993 to tell stories about underrepresented communities and to tackle hard-hitting issues like racism and homophobia. It ceased publication in 1997.

After two decades, Milestone Comics has returned. According to CBS News, the brand is known for having a diverse cast of superheroes and pushing boundaries, and it wants its revival to be even more cutting-edge. Milestone tried to revive the comic in the past, but efforts were short-lived.

Milestone Media was founded by a team of African American writers in 1993 to tell stories about underrepresented communities and tackle hard-hitting issues like racism and homophobia. It ceased publication in 1997 due to a downturn in the industry.

Denys Cowan, one of the co-founders, spoke with CBS News and said, “We were four Black creators who got together and formed a company with the intent of doing multicultural characters from our point of view and the people we wanted to work with — that alone was revolutionary.”

The outlet points out that Milestone had a distribution contract with DC Comic, but DC was often uncomfortable with the progressive storylines and artwork. This strained the relationship between both companies.

This past February, Milestone dropped a digital preview into the universe and what is to come titled,  “Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0.” It touches on subjects like anti-police brutality. The physical version was released on May 25.

According to a partner and writer, Reginald Hudlin, there is a lot on the way for the brand, including film, television shows, toys, trading cards, and more. Also, Micheal B. Jordan announced last year that he and Hudlin would produce a Warner Bros film based on one of the popular Milestone characters, Static.

Reginald Hudlin says that although the comic book industry has a little more diversity than it did in the 90s, it has a long way to go.

“Blackness is a constantly evolving and expanding term,” he explains.  “There was a time when almost all Black Americans had a similar set of experiences — that's not been true for generations now. So when you go by exploring every aspect of it, thankfully, that's a lifetime mission.”

Related Stories