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The most famous superhero duo of the Milestone Universe returns, reimagined for a new generation! Long ago, the stranded alien known as Arnus gave up hope of returning to his home planet. Tragically, he'd also realized that his adopted home of Earth was beyond saving. Content with wasting away his long life in a human guise, Arnus was past caring…until the day a young woman The most famous superhero duo of the Milestone Universe returns, reimagined for a new generation! Long ago, the stranded alien known as Arnus gave up hope of returning to his home planet. Tragically, he'd also realized that his adopted home of Earth was beyond saving. Content with wasting away his long life in a human guise, Arnus was past caring…until the day a young woman named Raquel Ervin crashed into his life. Soon she convinced him to put his incredible power to work again as the heroic Icon…and to transform her into his sidekick, Rocket! But an innocent question on Rocket's part—"Why can't we do something about the drugs on my corner?"—quickly set a chain of events in motion leading to the pair becoming the most hunted beings on Earth…and they're not just being pursued by Earthlings either! Writer, director, and producer Reginald Hudlin (Black Panther), co-writer Leon Chills, and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite unleash a tale of power and responsibility that will stretch from the boardrooms of corporate America to the jungles of South America and the depths of deep space! If you've ever thought there were certain things that a superhero story just couldn't do, it might be time to start thinking differently… This volume collects Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0 and Icon & Rocket: Season One #1-6.


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The most famous superhero duo of the Milestone Universe returns, reimagined for a new generation! Long ago, the stranded alien known as Arnus gave up hope of returning to his home planet. Tragically, he'd also realized that his adopted home of Earth was beyond saving. Content with wasting away his long life in a human guise, Arnus was past caring…until the day a young woman The most famous superhero duo of the Milestone Universe returns, reimagined for a new generation! Long ago, the stranded alien known as Arnus gave up hope of returning to his home planet. Tragically, he'd also realized that his adopted home of Earth was beyond saving. Content with wasting away his long life in a human guise, Arnus was past caring…until the day a young woman named Raquel Ervin crashed into his life. Soon she convinced him to put his incredible power to work again as the heroic Icon…and to transform her into his sidekick, Rocket! But an innocent question on Rocket's part—"Why can't we do something about the drugs on my corner?"—quickly set a chain of events in motion leading to the pair becoming the most hunted beings on Earth…and they're not just being pursued by Earthlings either! Writer, director, and producer Reginald Hudlin (Black Panther), co-writer Leon Chills, and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite unleash a tale of power and responsibility that will stretch from the boardrooms of corporate America to the jungles of South America and the depths of deep space! If you've ever thought there were certain things that a superhero story just couldn't do, it might be time to start thinking differently… This volume collects Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0 and Icon & Rocket: Season One #1-6.

48 review for Icon & Rocket: Season One

  1. 4 out of 5

    A.J. Anders

    Yeah, this run fucking sucks. Reginald Hudlin being put in charge of Milestone is one of the biggest tragedies in recent comic book history. The dude’s a complete fucking hack and I can’t believe this is the guy that gets control of Dwayne McDuffie’s superhero universe. My heart really goes out to Charlotte Fullerton too, because after all that shit Hudlin did to her to secure the Milestone rights, this is what he delivers? The fact Marvel is treating her better is depressing as fuck. As much as Yeah, this run fucking sucks. Reginald Hudlin being put in charge of Milestone is one of the biggest tragedies in recent comic book history. The dude’s a complete fucking hack and I can’t believe this is the guy that gets control of Dwayne McDuffie’s superhero universe. My heart really goes out to Charlotte Fullerton too, because after all that shit Hudlin did to her to secure the Milestone rights, this is what he delivers? The fact Marvel is treating her better is depressing as fuck. As much as I would though, I’m not here to talk about the questionable foundation this Milestone reboot was founded on, but rather the quality of the new Icon & Rocket reboot that came out of it. And let’s just say, I’m not happy about this on a reread at all. I was EXTREMELY generous in my initial 3-star review. Even now, two stars may be a little too nice, but I do like the art a lot. Doug Braithwaite really deserves a better Milestone book to draw next, and I hope he’s doing something with Brandon Thomas now that they aren’t getting Season Twos for their respective titles. My main problem is this is less of a character study about Augustus and Raquel like the OG was, and more of a Reginald Hudlin power fantasy. There are also no stakes or tension throughout the whole thing, both leads are extremely mischaracterized, and all of the villains are horrible. The social commentary is also not nearly as good as it is in other Milestone books, Rocket is written horribly, and the whole conclusion feels rushed. The art’s fine, I like some of the future Milestone teases, and Rocket getting a place in the title is nice, but that’s about all I can say I liked about this book, and that was just not enough to justify 3-stars. I must have been in a wonderful mood when I wrote that initial review. Rocket’s writing in this is probably the most egregious problem, as for some moronic reason she is made to be an oblivious dumbass throughout this. Rocket was a capable and intelligent teen mother who constantly strived to be a better hero in the original run. She was witty, strong-hearted, and could go toe-to-toe with Augustus in any debate, but in this series, she has none of that charm or wit, and can just come across as a bit of a cold airhead. She also can’t even pronounce “Telekinesis” correctly here, like what the fuck? In both this and the original run, Raquel is an avid reader and a striving writer, but now this intelligent woman apparently can’t pronounce Telekinesis. Seriously? Hudlin did Raquel dirty. The fact Greg Weisman writes a better and more consistent Icon & Rocket on Young Justice with basically no screen time says A LOT. Also, I mentioned being worried about this in my rereview of the Static Season One hardcover, but for some braindead reason the entire Milestone Returns one-shot is just shoved into this hardcover. Like c’mon, why? Why not just include the parts of the one-shot that pertain to Icon and Rocket’s story? I guess you can leave the back half section of it as is since you can’t edit those 8 pages down, but the beginning could’ve easily been cut down to just the Icon stuff. And look I get that they are doing this for new readers of Milestone, but it’s gonna be so fucking grating to see this shitty one-shot getting reprinted in what looks to be all 5 of these initial Milestone Returns hardcovers. It’s just too much. This is also not even getting a second season since the next series will be some versus mini against Hardware, where they fight over a time machine or some stupid shit. God, what has Milestone under Hudlin become? McDuffie's original was a thought-provoking superhero story that had plenty of political bite, while this is just a power fantasy. It doesn’t help anytime Hudlin tries to interject some of that trademark Milestone social commentary, it sounds like he’s talking down to the reader rather than at them. He’s just not McDuffie. Some stuff is admittedly solid and works for me, but all of it feels extremely hollow and hypocritical coming from fucking Reginald Hudlin. I just couldn’t help but laugh at points. I mean and don’t get me wrong, it’s fine if you like this. I’m not going to insult people that enjoyed this book and I’m stoked if this introduces readers to Milestone. The problem is this book encapsulates everything wrong with Reginald Hudlin’s approach to Milestone comics. I like the character studies that have something interesting to say about the characters in this world and how it relates to ours, like we saw in OG Milestone minis like Wise Son: The White Wolf or Deathwish. This sadly just reads like a cringey power fantasy that feels like it’s constantly talking down to the reader and has nothing interesting or innovative to say. Skip this run and read McDuffie’s 42 issues masterpiece instead. Or just go spend your money or time on the Milestone Compendium or literally any other Milestone books at that, because this one is just not it at all. This spiel above was written after rereading the series in the recently released hardcover. The original, spoiler-free 3-star review I wrote after I read the singles can be found down below: I’m conflicted about how to feel about this book. On one hand, I love that Milestone is back and will be available to more readers than ever before since we are now getting print editions of both original material and hardcovers for the reboots. On the other hand, I feel what Reginald Hudlin did to Black Panther is exactly what he has done to Icon here, and I’m just not a fan, which makes sense since I hated his Black Panther run as well. I was not a fan of his Milestone Returns one-shot either, so I had some worries going into this, and the best comparison I can make is this 100% feels like Icon has been given the New 52 or Zack Snyder treatment. Instead of trying to be like McDuffie's classic, which followed a 150-year-old conservative African American man with superpowers while asking big questions about what kind of hero Icon was, this just reads like a half-baked power fantasy. Everything here just wants to be “cool” and “badass” and less like it has something interesting to say. There’s pretty much no focus on Augustus’ life as a benevolent lawyer (I counted only 1 page of him in his office lol) in favor of fire tornadoes and threatening the “insignificant” lives of others. l mean these moments are cool, but they just aren’t in line with what Icon was initially meant to be at fucking all. There’s a moment in issue 2 that I will admit is beyond badass and awesome, but it just isn’t who this character is supposed to be. It’s like what Zack Snyder did to Superman and Batman: Miss the whole fucking point on why people loved these characters in the first place. In this, Icon feels like a guy who would power-dive or laser someone, rather than the speaks-softly-and-carries-the-big-stick type of man that wants to be a role model like Augustus was in the original. It’s like the life of Augustus Freeman is an afterthought to a Hudlin power fantasy. So yeah, that's a bit sad. The addition of the government backstory also completely negates Icon’s secret identity, which admittedly did annoy me greatly, and the main bad guy of this arc is just nowhere near as compelling as someone like Payback or Oblivion. I guess I could give the writers props for upping the stakes in the last two issues, but it didn’t make the villain any more compelling and I never felt like Icon, Rocket or any of their cohorts were ever in any real danger. I also talked in my review of McDuffie’s original about how comparing Icon to Superman always rubbed me the wrong way, and all this series has done is validate those dumbass comparisons, so that fucking sucks. This is also 100% biased, but I was super bummed there were no Shadow Cabinet teases just so Hudlin could set up that shitty Love Corps thing he wanted to do back in 2017. Look, this may have potential, but I really don't care about any of these people as of yet and they are barely in this thing. I will say I started to like the story more once Leon Chills came on to help Hudlin write, and the art by Doug Braithwaite is stunning, easily being the strongest aspect of this messy run. So there are some things I liked, but I just wasn’t vibing with a lot of what is in here. Also, Rocket is written like a complete moron in here, which is dumb since she was, y'know, intelligent in the original. I liked it when I first finished it, but the more I have thought about it the less I enjoy it. Like even now, my main positives are the art, the setup for a returning Milestone villain, and Rocket being added to the title. I also got excited to see my favorite Milestone character play a decent role in the last two issues, but he is written poorly which isn't great but makes sense considering who's writing this. There’s also a cameo by a DC character that's nifty. That shouldn’t be enough to justify a 3-star rating, but I’ll give this a semi-pass since it’ll hopefully introduce people to Milestone, just like the New 52 did with many DC heroes in 2011. Extremely nervous about the future of Milestone if this is what it will be like from now on though. This is not why I fell in love with this universe at all. Honestly, I'd just say go read McDuffie's original instead, it's a lot better and does more in 3 issues than this did in 6. Go check out the Milestone Compendium if you want to read the first 10 issues, it’s seriously fantastic and still holds up to this day.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Marie

    The writing was a bit iffy, and I'm not sure I like the idea of a crossover so soon into the reboot -- you can't give Icon & Rocket a full TPB to themselves before bringing Static back for a crossover in s2? I did like Mrs Ervin naming all the robots after the original Milestone team, that was a cute touch. And the art was lovely. The writing was a bit iffy, and I'm not sure I like the idea of a crossover so soon into the reboot -- you can't give Icon & Rocket a full TPB to themselves before bringing Static back for a crossover in s2? I did like Mrs Ervin naming all the robots after the original Milestone team, that was a cute touch. And the art was lovely.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    This works best when it's a social commentary. I like how Icon is trying to teach Rocket about unintended outcomes and cause and effect. He goes along with her plan to rid the world of drugs but then we get to see the repercussions of destroying the world's heroin and cocaine supply pretty much overnight. I with the entire 6 issues could have been just about that because it's something that hasn't been done before and there was plenty more to explore. Unfortunately, the 2nd half of the book just This works best when it's a social commentary. I like how Icon is trying to teach Rocket about unintended outcomes and cause and effect. He goes along with her plan to rid the world of drugs but then we get to see the repercussions of destroying the world's heroin and cocaine supply pretty much overnight. I with the entire 6 issues could have been just about that because it's something that hasn't been done before and there was plenty more to explore. Unfortunately, the 2nd half of the book just devolved into a punch / smash slugfest. Rocket's character was very uneven as well. Icon thinks she can lead the world one day, but then she can't even pronounce telekinesis? And she's supposed to be a literary genius? She's never put in a position for this to come across. This has its moments but it doesn't hold a candle to Dwayne McDuffie's original run.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ada

    ***WHO SUCKED ME IN*** BJ KICKS on YouTube in their MY AUGUST OMNIBUS HAUL! | We're Back in the Game!! video published on zondag 11 september 2022 He's very knowledgeable about the Milestone comics and even though he wasn't a big fan of this run, I never heard of these characters so maybe I will enjoy it! ***WHO SUCKED ME IN*** BJ KICKS on YouTube in their MY AUGUST OMNIBUS HAUL! | We're Back in the Game!! video published on zondag 11 september 2022 He's very knowledgeable about the Milestone comics and even though he wasn't a big fan of this run, I never heard of these characters so maybe I will enjoy it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris W

    It's ok but nowhere near as good as the original incarnation of the character. It jumps a bit with little explanation for how anyone besides Icon gets their abilities. I wish this took more time to develop the characters and moved at a slower pace It's ok but nowhere near as good as the original incarnation of the character. It jumps a bit with little explanation for how anyone besides Icon gets their abilities. I wish this took more time to develop the characters and moved at a slower pace

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gabe Kłosowski

  7. 5 out of 5

    Foomy

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeilee

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ben

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nick Underwood

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ibrahim Aldridge

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charles

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  15. 4 out of 5

    Roman

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Olsen

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dia

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris Dailey

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leah

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Granzow

  23. 4 out of 5

    Noah Calvin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Astro_megazord335

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brian Keohan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steve Schafer

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  29. 5 out of 5

    Seth

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lucas B Campana

  31. 4 out of 5

    SlowReadingJohn

  32. 4 out of 5

    Nahid Hridoy

  33. 5 out of 5

    Leo Labs

  34. 4 out of 5

    Erica

  35. 4 out of 5

    BB

  36. 4 out of 5

    Megan Todd

  37. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  38. 4 out of 5

    Richard Harrison

  39. 5 out of 5

    Eli Seibert

  40. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Hubert

  41. 4 out of 5

    Kelley Malloy

  42. 5 out of 5

    PMoslice

  43. 5 out of 5

    ketall

  44. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Dinges

  45. 4 out of 5

    Edgar Fernandes

  46. 4 out of 5

    Gary

  47. 4 out of 5

    Pedro Mano

  48. 5 out of 5

    BTW

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