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Icon, Vol. 1: A Hero's Welcome

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The flagship character from Milestone Comics is back in this new printing of the classic title collecting ICON #1-8. This is the title that introduced Augustus Freeman, a successful lawyer who covertly uses his alien super-powers to help those in need. But when a teenaged girl from the streets convinces him to use his abilities to inspire his people and becomes his The flagship character from Milestone Comics is back in this new printing of the classic title collecting ICON #1-8. This is the title that introduced Augustus Freeman, a successful lawyer who covertly uses his alien super-powers to help those in need. But when a teenaged girl from the streets convinces him to use his abilities to inspire his people and becomes his sidekick, Rocket, the affluent Augustus embraces his true destiny and becomes Icon, the hero of Dakota.


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The flagship character from Milestone Comics is back in this new printing of the classic title collecting ICON #1-8. This is the title that introduced Augustus Freeman, a successful lawyer who covertly uses his alien super-powers to help those in need. But when a teenaged girl from the streets convinces him to use his abilities to inspire his people and becomes his The flagship character from Milestone Comics is back in this new printing of the classic title collecting ICON #1-8. This is the title that introduced Augustus Freeman, a successful lawyer who covertly uses his alien super-powers to help those in need. But when a teenaged girl from the streets convinces him to use his abilities to inspire his people and becomes his sidekick, Rocket, the affluent Augustus embraces his true destiny and becomes Icon, the hero of Dakota.

30 review for Icon, Vol. 1: A Hero's Welcome

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Givens

    Remarkably good. Reminds me of Alan Moore, but lends itself well to an ongoing episodic format. The basic premise is "What if Superman was raised by black slaves instead of the Kents?" The result is the superhero Icon, but he doesn't become a superhero until a young woman suggests it to him. She becomes his sidekick, Rocket. The characters are interesting and different, nodding toward the Superman origin but creating their own mythos with their own themes and topics. It does a great job of being Remarkably good. Reminds me of Alan Moore, but lends itself well to an ongoing episodic format. The basic premise is "What if Superman was raised by black slaves instead of the Kents?" The result is the superhero Icon, but he doesn't become a superhero until a young woman suggests it to him. She becomes his sidekick, Rocket. The characters are interesting and different, nodding toward the Superman origin but creating their own mythos with their own themes and topics. It does a great job of being politically relevant without being propaganda--I don't usually like gang stories or political stories, but the characters and writing make up for it. The art is also great. I really enjoyed the whole experience of reading this and I wish more people had heard of it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marcus

    Although Static Shock has achieved more fame, Icon was one of my favorite comic books. Imagine Superman arrives in the USA in 1839 and takes the form of the first person who finds him and..... that person happens to be slave! Fast forward a 150 years and we have Augustus Freeman IV a conservative African American lawyer who reveals his powers to prevent a robbery of his home by a group of teens. One of those teens, Rachel, amends her ways and approaches Mr. Freeman about becoming an ICON for the Although Static Shock has achieved more fame, Icon was one of my favorite comic books. Imagine Superman arrives in the USA in 1839 and takes the form of the first person who finds him and..... that person happens to be slave! Fast forward a 150 years and we have Augustus Freeman IV a conservative African American lawyer who reveals his powers to prevent a robbery of his home by a group of teens. One of those teens, Rachel, amends her ways and approaches Mr. Freeman about becoming an ICON for the African American community. Icon and Rachel (the Rocket) become a crime fighting force but..... the police attack them when they try to help and Rachel finds out that she is pregnant! Icon deftly deals with issues of gangs, racism and teen pregnancy wrapped in a comic book. It is well written and illustrated and delivers the social commentary of a good science fiction story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

    Icon isn't exactly timeless—it's clearly a product of the early to mid 1990s in many respects—but it was a surprisingly mature work, and of the many superhero universes that cropped up during that decade, the Milestone one was one of the better ones. It's certainly one of the few well wroth revisiting. The premise is basically "What if Superman were a black man?" and writer Dwayne McDuffie answers that question in a way that feels politically relevant without ever losing its sense of humor or Icon isn't exactly timeless—it's clearly a product of the early to mid 1990s in many respects—but it was a surprisingly mature work, and of the many superhero universes that cropped up during that decade, the Milestone one was one of the better ones. It's certainly one of the few well wroth revisiting. The premise is basically "What if Superman were a black man?" and writer Dwayne McDuffie answers that question in a way that feels politically relevant without ever losing its sense of humor or its mission statement as a superhero comic. This trade collets the first eight issues; I hope more trades collecting the rest of the series follow.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patrick McG

    Icon is a Republican. I didn't understand why--other than I guess he's rich. Clarence Thomas liked it. The pictures were cool and fun.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    I really enjoyed reading this, but I have some problems with the portrayal of Rocket. Yes, she's a PoC portrayed by other PoCs, but she's also a woman being portrayed by a group of men, which makes her character seem a little shallow. Also, there was a fair amount of really corny dialogue that disrupted the flow of the story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    The flagship book of the Milestone line, Icon takes many elements from Superman (alien hero in cape) and expands on it. I enjoyed these first few issues of the book, and kind of wish it hadn't come out when I was taking a sabbatical from comics. I hope DC reprints the rest of the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ketan Shah

    A smartly written superhero comic that seems ahead of it's time (1993). It really does deserve to be read by a wider audience.Reminds me of Kurt Busiek's Astro City .

  8. 5 out of 5

    Variaciones Enrojo

    Tomo 1 de los 2 que se recopilaron a la fecha.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Akilah

    Interesting commentary on race and gender, but for some reason, I just didn't connect to the characters or the story as much as I thought I would.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linchan637

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelsi Atkinson

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abbie F.

  14. 5 out of 5

    A.J. Harper

  15. 4 out of 5

    Clare

  16. 5 out of 5

    Liam

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ko Clementson

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  22. 4 out of 5

    George

  23. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jamica Ashley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  26. 5 out of 5

    Age of Healing

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Fort

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jhoward877

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  30. 5 out of 5

    Geena

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