When the Milestone Universe hit the comics scene in the 90′s, I had no idea that I was being under served by comics. It never occurred to me that there could be non-white super heroes because until Milestone, there weren’t any. I loved what they were doing, putting minority faces on covers, exploring issues that other publishers were afraid of. They recognized the diversity around them and crafted stories that reflected that cultural richness.
I also appreciated that they didn’t lean on stereotypes. This wasn’t just the Black version of Superman or Batman or Iron Man. These were fully realized characters who happened to be Black. They recognized that readers would get that simply by opening the books.
Here’s a short documentary about Milestone and creator Dwayne McDuffie:
Milestone continues to be a source of inspiration for me and my work. I would have loved to have met Dwayne McDuffie in person and just geek out about comics.