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Icon: A Hero's Welcome (New Edition) Paperback – October 6, 2009
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"In the present, the alien is still with us, in the guise of a successful lawyer, Augustus Freeman IV. Still marooned, he waits for Earth's technology to catch up to his life pod's. He may have a long wait. Secretly possessing superpowers that belie his human appearance, he has always performed quiet acts of charity. Recent events in the City of Dakota, though, as well as a certain opinionated young woman, convince him to become more than just a silent friend to his community. He dons a costume to become Icon, the Hero of Dakota."
"Because Augustus has had so much for so long, he doesn't full understand the needs of those he protects. The teenage girl who insists on becoming his sidekick, Rocket, is a product of Dakota's worst section, Paris Island. She and Icon have a profound effect on one another. Rocket gets a glimpse of Augustus' affluence, and inspiration from his mighty deeds. Icon, in turn, learns of a world of misery and failed expectations that he didn't believe still existed in this country. Together, Icon and Rocket tackle the world's toughest villains -- and some of our biggest problems."
This trade paperback by DC Comics/Milestone Comics (1990s) collects "Icon" issues #1-8. It is, bar none, one of the best comic book endeavors ever produced. It features terrific art by M.D.Read more ›
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Be advised that this is not an underground comic, a la Robert Crumb, exploiting the underbelly of the inner city through racist, sexist caricatures insanely promoted as progressive vision. Nor is this empowered by any of the sadly prevalent images that overground comics have foisted upon Black people for generations, from the happy darky to the murderous savage, from the grinning, kissing slickster of old to the anal-retentive, caramel-colored, honorary Caucasian types of more recent decades. ICON: A HERO'S WELCOME a very special book, a groundbreaking work of sequential fiction about Black people by Black people, to be read and shared and widely spread. The rich, authentic ethnicity of its tale is matched only in the ingenuity by which its authors unveil the immense array of lives, personalities, and temperament which comprise the African-American community presented here.
For those who love well-written, finely illustrated comics, this graphic novel represents the best in the field. For those who have yearned for a more equitable cultural representation in the arena of superheroics, this title and its ever-evolving storyline has been a major breakthrough since its debut in 1993. Bold and engaging, the tale comes on strong with satirical bite, and penetrating insights rarely, if ever, seen on a comic page. Highly unique and very familiar, the adventures of Icon, a proverbial brother from another planet, and The Rocket, a sharp sister from the poor side of town, have captured the imagination of the reading public, winning the plaudits of the most creative talents in the business.Read more ›
ICON: A HERO'S WELCOME - and do I sense sarcasm in that title? - collects the series' first eight issues, eight issues of really good storytelling by McDuffie and grittily brought to visuals by M.D. Bright. There's also an intro by film director Reginald Hudlin. ICON starts out in familiar vein: a space vessel crashing on Earth, its passenger fated to be the world's mightiest champion.Read more ›
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It has old-school, newsprint pages which takes away from the imagery for me.Published 7 months ago by Eric A. Pearson
I wish I would have saved my Icon comic from when I was young. This is a great read.Published 11 months ago by Paul
The only thing I can say about my copy of the book from the seller was that when I obtained it...the pages almost came off. Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Alex Phillips