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Icon: A Hero's Welcome (New Edition) Paperback – October 6, 2009

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"The potential exists for this particular story to be cliched or concerned with sending a message instead of telling a story, but it transcends those traps to make the reader think." - ComicsWorthReading.com "Poignant... skilful storytelling... sound and entertaining work" - The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dwayne McDuffie is a prolific writer and co-publisher of the Milestone comics line, for which he created Static and Icon. He has since written Damage Control, Fantastic Four and scripts for the Static Shock!, Justice League and Ben 10 animated series. Mark Bright is an acclaimed artist whose work includes Action Comics, Batman, G.I. Joe, Green Lantern, Iron Man and Quantum and Woody. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Icon
  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401225497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401225490
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Faries on August 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
"In 1839, an alien starliner malfunctioned and exploded. A jettisoned life pod crashed -- in the middle of a cotton field, in the Deep South. The pod was equipped with a unique survival mechanism, which reconfigured the genetic structure of its passenger to resemble whatever life form it first encountered. And so it happened that Miriam, the slave woman who discovered the pod, found inside a baby boy with her mother's eyes."
"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.
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I'm hoping like heck that more of Milestone Media's stuff gets reprinted. I remember there being more intriguing characters in that universe than just Virgil Hawkins (a.k.a. Static). Dwayne McDuffie, gone too soon, did big things in the fields of comic books and television animation, but if - as some have mentioned - Static is his greatest creation, then Icon doesn't trail too far behind. While everyone lauds his work in the Justice League cartoons, I happen to think that McDuffie's most important contribution was in his role as co-founder and co-architect of Milestone comics. Not that I'm going out on a limb or anything. Back in 1993, a group of African-American writers and artists set out to be heard, and they did this by establishing Milestone Media, a comic book company which focused on stories featuring minority characters imbued with super powers. McDuffie's Icon is the Superman analog, except that Icon is a black man. Maybe the most telling difference is that when Superman offers assistance, the authorities willingly step back. When Icon extends a helping hand, the cops immediately point their guns at him, put cuffs on him. There's a weary and palpable weight in Icon's musings: "It's been one hundred years since I allowed myself to be shackled. It hasn't become easier with time."

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.
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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.
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