Static: Season One #1

Writer: Vita Ayala Artist: ChrisCross Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 16, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 32
8.9Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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At long last, the most famous face of the Milestone Universe is making his shocking return!
Bullied nerd Virgil Hawkins wasn't the kind of kid you'd normally find on the streets at a protest– but like everyone else in the city of Dakota, he was fed up. Unfortunately, the first time he stood up to raise his voice, the world turned upside down. The experimental tear gas released that day left some of his classmates maimed or dead…but it left Virgil, and others, with stunning new abilities. Virgil has power inside him now — real power, the ability to channel and manipulate electromagnetic fields.
But there's anger burning in more

  • 10
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Jun 16, 2021

    Let's take a moment to remember the passing of JPL as we read this amazing first issue. It taps into the BLF zeitgeist showing the frustration many feel with a broken system. Vita's writing grounds this energetic issue which looks to actually explode in issue 2. 100% perfect for this relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Seth Singleton Jun 16, 2021

    ChrisCross and Nikolas Draper-Ivey combine careful pencils, inks, and colors to capture the spirit of the original Static. When coupled with Ayala's storytelling the legacy of Virgil Hawkins is borne aloft on the shoulders of titans. If every series from the relaunched Milestone line is treated with the same degree of respect and care then fans can expect to enjoy books like Static for many generations to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Jun 16, 2021

    This is a great return to the Milestone Universe and I hope that every Milestone comic receives the same care and fantastic storytelling as Static: Season One. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Jun 16, 2021

    Milestone is back! And hopefully it's here to stay this time. That's all up to us. Let's not give them any reason to think these books don't deserve to be on the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 15, 2021

    I'm fully on board with this new take on Static as I'm impatiently waiting on the latest jolt with the next episode. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jun 15, 2021

    Static: Season One #1serves as both the perfect reintroduction to Static as a character and an entry point into the new Milestone Universe. I highly recommend this book to fans of the Static Shockanimated series or the original comic, as well as new readers. As someone who has loved Static for most of his life, this book was a delight to read, and I cannot wait for future issues, along with the rest of the Milestone titles. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Jun 15, 2021

    Add Static Season One to your pull list because this promises to be a series worth devouring. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 15, 2021

    Static Season One is everything a reboot should be. It honors the past and maintains the heart of a good idea, while reestablishing it for new generations. If you're any kind of superhero fan, even if you never read the original comics or watched Static Shock, you should be reading this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Jun 16, 2021

    Static Season Season One #1 is a great start to what will hopefully be a long run and the beginning of big things to come for the Milestone Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 15, 2021

    Chriscross delivers some brilliant art throughout this issue. Not only are the visuals lively, but the action is fantastic. I love the hybrid manga style of the art and it works perfectly with the tone of the story and its characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Jun 15, 2021

    Overall, I would say that Vita Ayala, ChrisCross, Nikolas Draper-Ivey and AndWorld Design have kicked off the Milestone Return with a full blown sprint to greatness. With dramatic art and fantastic storytelling, who knows the heights that this and the following series will reach! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jun 17, 2021

    Static Shock makes quite the debut as Milestone re-enters the DCU and continues to tackle very timely and pertinent issues that Black people and other marginalized groups have been and currently are facing. While there are issues with skin tone lightening, the overall artwork is really intriguing and meshes the layouts and coloring quite well. This is quite a solid start for the new series and what it might mean to people in the long run. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Graphic Policy Team Jun 15, 2021

    The comic is fantastic. There is some choppiness at times with some jumps in scenes and some disbelief as to who knows about the events of Milestone Returns #0 but it's a hell of a fun start. Ayala delivers a balance of action of the grounded issues of growing up. It delivers a start in a classic style of superhero stories with a look that's full of energy. Static: Season One #1 is a hell of a start that's well worth checking out and the start of something exciting. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Elizabeth Buck Jun 16, 2021

    In a time when reboots and relaunches have become the norm, Static is one that doesn't read as cynical. It is full of the creators' love and care for the character, and indirectly comments on America's current social climate. For those reasons and more, I hope this time around Static is here to stay. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 15, 2021

    It's a good first issue, although the foundation of Static is very strong and it doesn't feel like this first issue breaks much new ground. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Ryan Perry Jun 15, 2021

    There's so much potential here for the series to take off now that it's introduced readers to all the concepts they need to know, and they've gotten past the shock of this not being McDuffie's Static. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Sequential Planet - Alexander Cole Jun 23, 2021

    All in all, a really good book. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jun 15, 2021

    As of right now, its hard to drop a series after one issue. However, if newer fans arrived here lost and confused with little information or background knowledge with the character, why would they continue? Diehard fans will find the series inviting and even refreshing since STATICS long-winded gap between comic series. Nevertheless, I cant help but notice the potential here for this series to thrive if done the right way. I hope Ayala can give fans the STATIC theyve been missing while also updating it to gel with the current issues today. Its certainly possible. Heres to being optimistic! Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jun 18, 2021

    A good start of what should be a great series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 19, 2021

    A good enough introduction to Virgil Hawkins and his world. This issue is slightly hampered by having the actual first chapter be part of another comic that came out weeks ago. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 15, 2021

    Even though I love the character and am happy that he's finally getting a series again after a decade long break, this first issue didn't really do anything except tell us to read another comic while setting up a round two between Virgil and Francis that people who just pick up this issue...... since it is a #1, wouldn't know anything about and really I don't know what picking up the Milestone Returns #0 will do for you here because a lot of things from that issue don't jibe with what we see happening here. I still look forward to this series but a strong first issue this was not. Read Full Review

  • 10
    BigCliff Aug 2, 2021

    Loved it! This is the first static comic I've ever read and it has the makings of being a classic. After reading reading Milestone Returns, I had to check out this 1st issue & I am so happy I did. This feels like a classic coming of age, YA superhero story unfolding. We get the classic high school drama, classic friends, classic family set up, dynamics & turmoil they face after the Big Bang, & we get the classic protagonist. Virgil is great in this for me because I appreciate that he doesn't fully accept these new abilities yet. He struggle is with now realizing that nothing will ever be the same. His life, his friendships, his family dynamic, etc, all changes. And we see this when he mentions that the actual acid burning into his eyes from more

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Jun 16, 2021

    Not many comics come out swining right out the gate like this.

    Virgil and his family are well humanized and we get a good feel of his inner voice. But it doesn't take long for Virgils past actions to come back it him, leading to a PHENOMENAL fight scene.

    Artist Nikolas Draper Ivey really brings the manga influence but renders electricity and flames with such intensity you can almost feel the heat coming off the page.

    I've been a Static fan my whole life and have waited anxiously for his return. This didn't disappoint at all. Hes in good hands.

  • 9.0
    Fracadactyl Jun 16, 2021

    Going in after seeing some disappointing stuff about this depiction of Virgil Hawkins, this issue surprised me. This incarnation is very different from the beginnings of the classic versions, he's unsure of where he wants to go in life after some things went sideways. He didn't really even join in the protest that lead to the Big Bang for altruistic reasons, he just wanted to impress a girl. Unlike the classic version who knew when not to cross dangerous lines that showed himself off as a hero.

    That is until my inner critic hit back on my nostalgia by reminding me that Virgil is still a teenager. I can only imagine how Vita Ayala felt when taking on the legacy of Dwayne McDuffie. Right now, this feels like Virgil is still the awk more

  • 8.0
    maljoss Dec 17, 2021

    This was surprisingly good. I initially gave it a pass after giving the book a cursory glance. It seemed like the story was too derivative of the original first issue from the 90's - more a swipe than an homage. I'm glad I went back for another look. I feel like the team captured Virgil's voice and look form the old series, while giving the book their own spin. A good adaptation leaves you feeling like "I know that's not the way it happened in the other book, but it COULD have." They nailed it.

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Jun 15, 2021

    like the introduction of Virgil and the art isnt too bad

  • 8.0
    mangaZZZZZ Jun 15, 2021

    good start

  • 7.5
    Psycamorean Jun 22, 2021

    This was a pretty good start. I actually like the characters and I feel like in a few issues, I'm sure to be invested in their drama.

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Jun 20, 2021

    "The last time they saw me, i was a monster."
    - VIRGIL DAWKINS

  • 7.5
    Joresti Jun 16, 2021

    A fun read! Will stay tuned for next issues

  • 6.5
    Simon DelMonte Jun 15, 2021

    The sense of humor that was a cornerstone of the Robert Washington comic and the cartoon is missing from our hero, and that makes this something of a by the numbers read. Virgil is just not that interesting, though his sister and parents are. And the rather serious turn of events to close the issue makes me think that will lack the sense of fun we've seen in the past.

  • 4.5
    C.V.R. The Bard Jun 21, 2021

    In a week where I played catch up due to just hopping out on "time-served", "Static" was a title that I was looking forward to, though not at the forefront of the Milestone relaunch. Though it's placement is understandable , as Static is arguably the most recognizable character from Dakotaverse , all that I had feared was present in this first issue, namely the overwhelming sense of teen melodrama.
    The family dinner with the Hawkins was the highlight of the book, providing an interesting "before-and-after" juxtaposition, but all the drama between Virgil & his friends, let alone Hot Streak - just overshadowed that.
    Now , the last time I saw those two tangle was going through back issues in my late teens, or most memorably in my more

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