Static: Shadows of Dakota #1

Writer: Nikolas Draper-Ivey, Vita Ayala Artist: Nikolas Draper-Ivey Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 8, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 6
8.8Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Static is back! Though Virgil and his friends might have been able to stop the government's off-the-books prison operations in Dakota, a powerful new threat lurks in the shadows. The mysterious Ebon is cutting a bloody swath through the underworld on a single-minded quest to find his brother. Against this backdrop of exploding violence, innocent people are finding themselves in the crossfire. The breakout creative team of Nikolas Draper-Ivey and Vita Ayala have returned to make Static's life, and Dakota City, very complicated indeed-you've never felt shocks like these!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Feb 7, 2023

    Static: Shadows of Dakota #1continues to push Static in a new direction and introduces a fan-favorite foe from the animated series. As a Static fan, a comic fan, and just a lover of great stories, this book is everything I ever wanted. Pick it up - it'll truly bring a shock to your system. In the best way. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Feb 14, 2023

    ‘Static: Shadows of Dakota' #1 kicks off a second even more dangerous yet exciting season for the central Milestone character and sets the character and us up for a lot of good to come. It hits the ground running and creates such a gorgeous powerful dynamic, which is befitting the character and his world. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 7, 2023

    Shadows of Dakota gets off to a terrific stop and I was legit annoyed when I got to the final page. This looks like it will be another big hit for the Milestone brand. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Dave Jones Feb 7, 2023

    A full marks 5 stars is well deserved here, when a comic leaves you saying "wow when you finish reading you just know you have a masterpiece in your hand. An incredible job done by all the creative team. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Feb 8, 2023

    Milestones 30th anniversary feels like its off to a solid start with Static. Next up: the first issue of the Icon vs. Hardware mini-series on the 14th. Then in March, theres the big 30th-anniversary special. The company had such impressive momentum when it started up 30 years ago. With any luck, the company can return in a big way with these three titles.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Christian Hoffer Feb 8, 2023

    An unspecified amount of time has passed from the events of Static: Season One, and our titular hero has a new costume, a better control over his abilities, and more of a purpose in his home town of Dakota. The refresh results in a more confident superhero comic, one that seems to be more sure of itself and better paced than its predecessor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 7, 2023

    This might be the most engaging, new-reader-friendly book to come out of the new Milestone universe yet, which is ironic given that it's a second arc rather than a true debut, but DC might have found a new superstar here. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Feb 7, 2023

    Im very excited for this series. Vita Ayala and Nikolas Draper-Ivey absolutely smashed it with Statics return in Season One, so I have no doubt that Shadows of Dakota is going to be even better. This is the stylish and explosive return that only a character like Static deserves, especially with this creative team at the helm! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 6, 2023

    Draper-Ivey delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. I love the look of the world of these characters and there are some visually scary moments that are perfectly done. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Feb 12, 2023

    Draper-Ivey continues to be one of the most interesting artists in superhero comics with his manga influences shining through in emotional scenes like when Static talks to a Bang Baby who's being chased by Feds and accidentally blows up a city street. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Feb 13, 2023

    Simple structure, strong characterization, and a whole lot of heart go a long way Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 8, 2023

    Virgil's back, with unique and interesting art and a story that successfully builds both tension and apprehension of what's to come. A very good issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Feb 7, 2023

    Static: Shadows of Dakota #1 kicks of Statics season two with a flurry of action and some great character moments. Static, as usual, is a fun and interesting character and reading his adventures feels like reading one of Stan Lees books from so many years ago. I look forward to reading the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Ellis Owens Feb 7, 2023

    Static: Shadows of Dakota #1 is a perfectly serviceable superhero comic, even though it doesn't do anything too shocking (wink wink) until the final page. Content-starved fans of the character should give this a read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 11, 2023

    Some cool sequences are balanced out by some less-than-clear sequences, making for a muddled issue. I would have liked some time spent reminding me who everyone is and what they can do since it's been a while. Read Full Review

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