If Static: Season One creators Vita Ayala and Nikolas Draper-Ivey are daunted in any respect by the burden of expectations that include the relaunch of a basic character, they definitely don’t present it. The first concern of the brand new collection premieres at this time and options an all-new incarnation of the long-lasting Milestone superhero, one which reimagines Virgil Hawkins in a up to date setting.
“I wanted to kind of take him and put him into our context,” Ayala informed Polygon throughout a roundtable interview final weekend. “What does it mean to be that kind of character: slightly annoying, but in a cute way; a really, really smart black kid in 2021; how do you survive and keep that optimism and keep that kind of heroic nature?” For Ayala, the standard that defines Virgil’s heroism is his potential to see the havoc wrought within the wake of the Big Bang, be terrified by it, and nonetheless resolve to make issues higher for his group. “It’s not this increased order, I’m gonna save the Earth, it’s like, I’m gonna save my block. That was essential to me, to carry that ahead into the context of a extra up to date time.”
“We’re working very hard to give the fans something that is familiar,” mentioned Draper-Ivey, colorist and character designer on the collection, concerning the problem of bringing Static to a brand new era of comedian readers. “But then there comes a point where you realize that you are telling a different story and doing your own thing, y’know, you’re not your predecessors. You have to have respect for them but in the end, ultimately, you have to try to make it your own. So I think that’s what we’re trying to focus on.”
Static: Season One #1 picks up after the occasions of Milestone Returns #0, the place Virgil witnessed a chemical warfare assault perpetrated by the Dakota Police Department in opposition to a Black Lives Matter protest, leading to dozens of grotesque civilian deaths and triggering the metahuman-generating phenomenon often called the Big Bang. Following the aftermath of the Big Bang, Virgil struggles with the inner and exterior penalties wrought by the occasion, endowed with immense electromagnetic talents and deeply shaken by the violence he noticed firsthand.
“[What] I wanted to impart was that even if you survive a massive trauma or something happening in your community, it affects you,” Ayala informed Polygon. “You cannot escape that; seeing those things. Even if Virgil had not gotten any superpowers from being there and seeing the things that he saw, it changed him. It changed [his family], even though he was the only one that was there. That’s the impact that these events have on our community.”
As far as affording Ayala and Draper-Ivey the artistic house and freedom to discover these new dimensions of Virgil’s character, the pair says that working with members of the unique Milestone artistic group has been encouraging.
“It’s an incredibly supportive environment,” says Ayala. “I’ve been made to feel comfortable going, ‘Well actually, based on how you have set this up, I think this is probably what would happen.’ And all of the discussions that I’ve had with people, both in terms of people working on Static and also working on other books, have been incredible. It has been really, really incredible. I feel both like y’know, a fanboy and also as a peer. The discussions are very honest and supportive.”
As far as whether or not Static: Season One ought to be thought-about a full-on reboot, or whether or not fan-favorite antagonists just like the Blood Syndicate could be making an look down the road, Ayala was adamant that the main focus of this new collection could be on how this incarnation of Virgil matures into the hero that followers know Static to be.
“The goal of this first arc is to make him into Static,” says Ayala. “And that’s something that, you know, we usually see him when he’s figured out stuff already. I feel like they’ve given us a lot of freedom to play with the story and to do a lot of things that just feel right, based on our own sensibilities. So, I think that even if it’s not, you know, a strict reboot, or rather, even if we are going to incorporate things that have come before, if we do, it’ll be in completely new ways.”
Static: Season One is just the primary in DC’s upcoming revitalization of the Milestone universe. Alongside Ayala and Draper-Ivey’s collection, Icon and Rocket and Hardware, two pillars of the unique Milestone lineup, are additionally receiving first new collection because the ’90s. Writer Brandon Thomas and illustrators Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz are the artistic group behind Hardware: Season One, obtainable for digital buy on August 15, whereas writers Reginald Hudlin and Leon Chills and illustrator Doug Braithwaite are accountable for Icon and Rocket: Season One, obtainable for digital buy on July 27.
Static Season One #1 is obtainable to buy in shops at this time.