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DC Black History Month 2023

In celebration of Black History Month 2023, DC has exciting plans in store to mark the 30th anniversary of Milestone Media. Along with a series of collected editions and new launches, there will be Black History Month variant covers and a brand new anthology featuring the works of Black creators.

Milestone Media’s 30th anniversary will be commemorated with the release of the Milestone 30th Anniversary Special, scheduled for March 7th. This 96-page one-shot will feature contributions from various writers and artists, including Evan Narcisse, Chuck Brown, Stephanie Williams, Denys Cowan, and graduates from the Milestone Initiative Talent Development Program. Additionally, Icon vs. Hardware, a five-issue miniseries by Reginald Hudlin, Leon Chills, and Cowan, and Static: Shadows of Dakota, a six-issue miniseries by Vita Ayala and Nikolas Draper-Ivey, will also be launched to mark the occasion. The Icon vs. Hardware miniseries will debut on February 14th, while the Static: Shadows of Dakota miniseries will be released on February 7th.

In addition to these launches, DC and Milestone will be collaborating on Milestone Compendium Two, the second volume of the original Milestone releases from the 90s. This massive collection, over 1300 pages in length, will include the Worlds Collide crossover event that saw Milestone books join forces with DC’s Superman line for two months. To honor Milestone Media’s founding father, Dwayne McDuffie, DC will also be releasing The DC Universe by Dwayne McDuffie, a 280-page hardcover collection of his work on DCU titles. The collection will feature stories from various titles such as Action Comics, The Demon, Impulse, JLA Showcase 80-Page Giant, Batman: Gotham Knights, Sins of Youth: Kid Flash/Impulse, and Firestorm: The Nuclear Man. The DC Universe by Dwayne McDuffie will be released on February 7th.

DC Power: A Celebration is another anthology that will be released during Black History Month. Like DC Pride, this anthology will feature stories of Black DC characters by top Black artists and writers, including Evan Narcisse, Stephanie Williams, Chuck Brown, Clayton Henry, Valentine De Landro, and more. The 100-page one-shot will include six all-new stories, as well as reprinting John Ridley and Olivier Coipel’s Batman: Black & White story and an excerpt from N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell’s award-winning Green Lantern series, Far Sector. The all-new stories will include Cyborg by Morgan Hampton and Valentine De Landro, Aquaman and Kid Flash by Jordan Clark, Dorado Quick, and Clayton Henry, the Black Lightning family by Lamont Magee and CHRISCROSS, Amazing Man by Evan Narcisse and Darryl Banks, Vixen and Batwing by Chuck Brown and Petterson Oliveira, and Green Lantern John Stewart by Brandon Thomas and Natacha Bustos. DC Power: A Celebration will be released on January 31st.

Lastly, to round off the celebration, DC will be releasing six Black History Month variant covers throughout the month. These covers will be available on regular books, and here’s a rundown of what to expect:
February 7th – The Flash #792 variant cover with Wallace West/Kid Flash by Mateus Manhanini;
February 14th – I Am Batman #18 variant cover by ChrisCross;
February 21st – Black Adam #8 variant cover with Malik White/Bolt by Taurin Clarke;
February 21st – Lazarus Planet Omega #1 variant cover with Cyborg by Edwin Galmon;
February 21st – Wonder Woman #796 variant cover with Nubia by Taj Tenfold;
February 28: Action Comics #1052 variant cover with John Henry Irons/Natasha Irons by Khary Randolph