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Five Shocking Static Facts You Should Know

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It’s taken far too lengthy, however Virgil Hawkins—higher recognized to thousands and thousands of followers as Static—has returned to comedian racks with Static: Season One #1, the primary ongoing collection launched as a part of the brand new Milestone Media. Originally conceived to fill the slot of a wisecracking teen hero when Static first debuted in 1993, creators Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Derek Dingle and Robert Washington III quickly crafted a extra human world for Virgil inside the wild and cosmic universe of Dakota. It was that particular mix of comedy and drama that brought the character to the small screen in animated kind, and thru that tv collection, Static’s appearances elevated to the place he’s now an icon of Black superheroes. But there’s extra to the turbo-charged teen than simply his origin story. Let’s undergo an inventory of 5 issues the common fan won’t learn about Static.

Static Isn’t Always Part of the DC Universe

Although Milestone was printed and distributed by DC Comics in 1993, its characters existed in one other universe once they made their debut. Superman, Batman and the remaining have been as fictional to Virgil Hawkins and his contemporaries as they’re to us. This was made abundantly clear within the 1994 crossover Worlds Collide when Static, Icon and Rocket, Hardware and the Blood Syndicate crossed over with Superman, Superboy and Steel. The former heroes greeted the latter with jokes and derision, asking the place Lois Lane and Krypto the Superdog have been, bewildering the Super-Team. It wouldn’t be till Dwayne McDuffie’s run of Justice League of America in 2008 the place the Milestone and DC heroes formally began working in the identical universe, with solely Icon and Superman conscious of the discrepancies.

This was additionally the case within the preliminary seasons of the animated collection. “Frozen Out” had Static cheerfully referring to Daisy as “Lois” when he rescued her from falling particles. Of course, by the third season when Static would meet Superman, the worlds have been subsumed as one inside the DC Universe.

However, all of this modified once more with the discharge of Milestone Returns #0 earlier this yr. While all of Milestone’s heroes will function inside the identical universe, it is going to be separate from the DCU. As author Reginald Hudlin put it in a recent interview, “We’re telling our own stories and we need our own universe to do it.”

That doesn’t imply crossovers couldn’t occur down the road, however don’t anticipate to see Static becoming a member of Young Justice any time quickly.

Virgil’s Friends and Family Changed From Comics to TV

In adapting Static for animation, small modifications have been made throughout the transition. In the Milestone collection, the one one who knew Virgil’s secret identification was his good friend and crush Frieda Goren. Discovering his secret after a failed try and rescue her from the villain Hotstreak in Static #1, Frieda was his sole confidant, serving to him with excuses to his buddies and patching him up at any time when he returned injured from a struggle.

While the character was included within the animated collection, the position of Virgil’s finest good friend was occupied by Richie Folely, who was a modified model of one other character from Virgil’s comedian e-book supporting forged—Rick Stone.

The most notable change to Virgil’s forged, nevertheless, was together with his household. In the comics, he was the youngest baby of Robert and Jean Hawkins, and youthful brother to Sharon. In the TV collection, Jean had been killed earlier than the occasions of the primary episode as a result of gun violence. Although McDuffie objected to this variation as his intentions with Static was to point out a younger black hero with a nuclear household, he did respect the storytelling alternatives the change afforded the collection, comparable to within the season three episode “Flashback.”

While Static: Season One is simply beginning and we don’t but know what’s forward, to this point Virgil’s full household appears to be intact and each Frieda and Richie appear like they’re in on the key. We’ll must see how issues progress with all of them because the collection continues.

Static Can Do More Than Just Zap You

Contrary to well-liked perception, Static’s electromagnetic skills have a a lot wider breadth than simply the facility to shock and electrocute folks. Creator Dwayne McDuffie had a grasp’s diploma in physics and needed Virgil’s geeky persona to come back from a spot of actual intelligence. As such, Virgil typically makes use of his skills in a wide range of sudden methods, even stunning himself with new discoveries.

Many of his capabilities are derived by his electromagnetism, which he employs to levitate himself throughout city. When he was first beginning out, Virgil would fly on steel trash cans and sewer covers, however finally he developed his Static Saucer—an aluminum disk he makes use of to journey at a second’s discover. His powers additionally allow him to regulate any digital equipment or know-how, and even enhance his therapeutic issue. An instance of this may be present in his New 52 collection, when his arm was sliced off on the finish of Static Shock #1. In issue #2, it immediately reattaches itself, leaving solely a minor bruise. This discovery freaked Virgil out, as the brand new limits he was studying about himself have been occurring at too quick a fee for him to deal with.

Static’s Villains Have Become a Part of the DCU

In the animated collection, various new villains have been created to spherical out Virgil’s rogues gallery. Ebon, Talon, Shiv, Onyx and Kangor have been all authentic creations for the collection. However, there have been nonetheless a number of characters from Static’s collection that have been introduced alongside for the difference. Hotstreak, the primary villain Virgil fought in his comedian collection, was the primary villain he battled in his animated present as properly. (Keeping with the custom, he’s additionally Virgil’s first adversary in Static: Season One.) Edwin Alva, the principle antagonist of the hero Hardware—referenced within the episode “Gear”—was included to bedevil Static as a prison businessman. Other characters like Puff, Brickhouse and Aquamaria—a few of which have been members of the Blood Syndicate—have been additionally carried over from the comics.

However, one among Static’s most outstanding antagonists, and a chief member of the Blood Syndicate, was Holocaust. A Bang Baby with a strong management over fireplace, the 2 first crossed paths in Static #4. Later, when Static was introduced over to the DCU and joined the Teen Titans, he returned dwelling to Dakota after he’d been kidnapped for months by the Terror Titans. There, he bumped into Holocaust once more, who tried to have Virgil be a part of his aspect.

Virgil refused, however Holocaust was too highly effective to take down alone. Fortunately, the Titans arrived to again him up and with the mixed assist of Superboy, Kid Flash and the others, they actually put Holocaust into the bottom for good. Though by no means represented within the Static Shock animated collection, Holocaust did present up in season three of Young Justice.

In the Past, Static and Tim Drake Have Been Bros

Static’s interplay with the Teen Titans—notably Robin—has a storied historical past. As he was initially separate from the DCU, Static solely first met Batman and Robin within the season two premiere episode “The Big Leagues.” While Batman was stern however finally respectful, Virgil struck up a simple friendship with Robin. This carried over into the episode “Future Shock,” however it was in “Hard as Nails” the place Static’s future with the Teen Titans can be obliquely foreshadowed as Batman surmised that Virgil would be a part of up with them sometime.

This prediction got here true on the comedian web page in Terror Titans the place a kidnapped Virgil was compelled by the Clock King to compete within the Dark Side Club, a gladiator-like deathmatch between metahumans. Too highly effective to be managed, Virgil was beneath heavy sedation till the Titans rescued him. He remained a member till he mysteriously misplaced his powers throughout a rescue mission to recuperate Raven. Aiming to return to Dakota for good, he’d been persuaded by Cyborg to remain shut with the workforce, as Dakota can be higher off with Static as a totally powered hero.

We subsequent see Virgil within the New 52, having moved to New York together with his powers totally restored. Armed with a candy laboratory HQ and a brand new costume courtesy of Hardware, Virgil is approached by Tim Drake to assist repair Kid Flash, whose velocity powers have been affecting his well being.

We gained’t be seeing Static and Robin hanging a lot sooner or later, however what got here earlier than nonetheless exists, and we prefer to suppose there’s some planet on the market within the Multiverse the place Virgil and Tim are kicking it collectively as they clear up the streets of their cities.

So, do you know these 5 information? If you probably did, congrats—you’re a Milestone grasp! But it’s all good even when you didn’t. Static: Season One #1 is a contemporary begin. It’s a very good guess that a lot of what’s been true for Virgil prior to now could also be true not. After all, regardless of what you might need heard, lightning can strike greater than as soon as. But it by no means strikes in the very same method.

Static: Season One #1 by Vita Ayala, Nikolas Draper-Ivey and ChrisCross is now stocked in shops and on DC UNIVERSE INFINITE.

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