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Static Shock, Vol. 1: Rebirth of the Cool Paperback – June 2, 2009

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About the Author

One of the founders of Milestone Media, the original production house for the STATIC comic book, Dwayne McDuffie is the Eisner Award-winning writer of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and Fantastic Four, as well as stories starring Batman, Spider-Man and many others. He was producer and story editor for the animated TV series Static Shock and Justice League. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401222625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401222628
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 18, 2011
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Before Miles Morales came along, there was Virgil Ovid Hawkins. Odds are good that you first heard of Static by way of his television cartoon on the Kids' WB. But this precocious, quippy teen powerhouse actually has his roots in Milestone Media, that maverick comic book company launched by a group of talented black writers and artists, the most famous of whom is the late, great Dwayne McDuffie. Milestone Media focused on producing titles which featured minority superheroes. Static was lucky enough or demonstrated potential enough that dude crossed over into mainstream popularity.

With Static garnering big pub, it's no big startlement that a graphic novel was published collecting his earlier exploits. (It's more of a shock, frankly, that Icon and Hardware also managed to get the trade collection treatment, both being phenomenal characters but now sadly relegated to obscure status.) Anyway, STATIC SHOCK: REBIRTH OF THE COOL reprints STATIC #1-4 from 1993 and STATIC SHOCK!: REBIRTH OF THE COOL #1-4 from 2001, with writers Dwayne McDuffie and Robert L. Washington III and artists John Paul Leon and Denys Cowan masterminding Virgil's formative story arcs.

Part of Static's appeal is that he is the most fun-having superhero in the Milestone universe, let alone in Dakota City, with maybe Icon's sidekick, Rocket, coming in as second. When he made his debut he reminded me instantly of Peter Parker in the way that he was this bright kid with a good heart who got bullied around. A bad decision on Virgil's part led him to Paris Island, rendezvous point of a mass gang summit. The law's experimental tear gas, deployed to pacify the hoods, accounted for horrific casualties, but there were survivors of this Big Bang event, plenty of whom developed paranormal abilities.
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I remember reading the first couple issues of static in the sixth grade. In about 2005, reruns of the cartoon started growing on me. I love that show now, and the comic a lot a lot more. I have trial by fire and have been waiting for more volumes to come out. This is a great addition because it also features rebirth of the cool, the last of the series. I thought it was great. Its also nice to have a black super hero that wasn't stereotypical. Virgil was a very deep character, unfortunately, mainstream views that as "unrealistic". Anyways this is a great read for anyone who is Milestone fan or just a comic fan in general.
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Unfortunately there is nothing in this earlier trade that was not reprinted in Static Shock: Trial by Fire. A pity, I would love to buy all of Static in TB. Milestone really got short changed in the reprinting department.
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Big fan of Static comics so the graphic novel was a must have. The product arrived promptly and in the condition described.
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