Static Gets Ongoing Series by Felicia Henderson, Scott McDaniel
We’ve known for a while that Static would be starring in a new ongoing series, the question was just when and by whom. Thanks to a post at DC Comics’ The Source, we now know that the Teen Titan’s return to solo adventures will be handled by writer Felicia Henderson (Teen Titans) and artist Scott McDaniel (Nightwing, Green Arrow) with covers by Keron Grant (New Mutants). Called Static Shock, the book will debut in May.Created by Dwayne McDuffie and John Paul Leon as part of the Milestone Media line of DC Comics in the early 1990s, Static (aka Virgil Hawkins) is a teenage superhero with powers over electromagnetism. For years he operated in the fictional city of Dakota, which existed in a continuity separate from that of the DC Universe. The character starred in a popular animated series and, thanks to plot specifics too complicated into, Static is now a regular cast member of Teen Titans.
A teen hero whose stories are memorable for actually dealing with teen issues as well as one of DC’s most high-profile African-American characters, Static has resonated with fans as well as creators, as Static Shock writer Felicia Henderson told The Source.
I always had my fingers crossed about Static getting his own book, again. In fact, I stalked Dan DiDio about the idea. I’m also a big Dwayne McDuffie fan, and if I could choose my real life little brother, he’d be Static! I love his relationship with his family, particularly with his sister. It feels very grounded and real to me. I love how much he cares about Dakota and that he’s a typical guy in a lot of ways. And nothing’s more fun to write than raging hormones, a dedication to doing the right thing for the right reasons, all while still trying to figure out who you are and what you really want.
Static Shock will be Static’s first solo title since the 2001 miniseries Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool, which is available in a collected edition along with McDuffie and Leon’s original Static #1-4.