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Static Shock Returns In May

Ten years later, the character makes a comeback

By Chris Beveridge     February 11, 2011

Were you a fan of the Static Shock TV series that ran from 2000 to 2004 for some fifty two episodes? Did you know it was originally a comic? Well, the Dwayne McDuffie created character is back after a ten year vacation as DC Comics is about to launch a new series with him starting this May. Static was originally created way back in 1993 and was intended to be a Marvel character but ended up in the Milestone Comics line instead. Static was one of the big players in the Milestone universe that was an imprint of DC Comics where he was intended to be a modern take on Spider-man as an African American teenager. McDuffie described him back then with "Like any other awkward 15 year-old, Virgil Hawkins worries about pocket money, getting beaten up, and sex. But recently, he's had even more on his mind: stuff like his powers, his secret identity, and sex. Because, when innocents are in danger, and Virgil can slip away from class, the geeky youth becomes Static, the dashing, adventurous superhero!"

In 2008 at SDCC, it was announced that the character would join in the DC Universe as one of its characters and he ended up appearing first in Teen Titans which was followed in 2009 by a reprint trade. DC Comics has talked a little in 2010 about his getting a new series, but now the word is out for the May launch. The new series is being written by Felicia Henderson with art by Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion and Henderson has this to say about the project:

I always had my fingers crossed about Static getting his own book, again. In fact, I stalked Dan DiDio about the idea. I’m also a big Dwayne McDuffie fan, and if I could choose my real life little brother, he’d be Static! I love his relationship with his family, particularly with his sister. It feels very grounded and real to me. I love how much he cares about Dakota and that he’s a typical guy in a lot of ways. And nothing’s more fun to write than raging hormones, a dedication to doing the right thing for the right reasons, all while still trying to figure out who you are and what you really want.


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joe4306 2/13/2011 4:24:38 PM

great i can't wait i like him in the titans.

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