"Milestone Returns Zero": While trying to rob a house for a boy she liked and her desire to get a typewriter (due to her suspicion of the government monitoring all phones), the young Raquel Ervin came across its owner, a centuries-old alien disguised as a man named "Augustus Freeman". Raquel lat
Milestone Returns #0 is a digital-first one-shot with a cover date of September, 2020.
Synopsis for "Milestone Returns Zero"
While trying to rob a house for a boy she liked and her desire to get a typewriter (due to her suspicion of the government monitoring all phones), the young Raquel Ervin came across its owner, a centuries-old alien disguised as a man named "Augustus Freeman". Raquel later convinced him to become a superhero along with her in order to make the world better, forming the unlikely partnership of "Icon and Rocket".
While addressing the United Nations later, Icon introduces himself and tells them how he crash-landed on Earth and has been waiting to be able to leave as soon as the planet's technology is advanced enough to allow him to. He informs that there are other planets containing life as well and other aliens live on Earth, but have remained hidden due to its backward culture. Having visited other planets, he informs that the most advanced cultures are the ones united by love, but knows that Earthlings scoff at the thought.
Icon states that he has sometimes helped Earth in the past, and recently Rocket has encouraged him to do it again, but in a more attention-grabbing way to inspire others, so the overall condition of society could be better for her and her family. Hence, he has chosen her, since she comes from one of the most oppressed groups on the planet. Icon however assures he doesn't have any wish to rule over them and only wants to improve the planet before leaving.
Later, Icon shows uses his vast surveillance network to show Rocket various people of interest, the first being the young hero Static whose heroics he is impressed by, and proceeds to tell her more about him. Static was a kid named Virgil Hawkins who often used to be bullied at school, and wished to be as strong as his father Dave. He decided to attend a protest against police brutality after a girl in her class invited her, but was attacked by a bunch of bullies. He stood up to them but a riot soon broke out, and the police fired a mysterious chemical at them.
The chemical that affected Virgil however also gave him powers, allowing him to fight back against bullies, so of whom had also acquired powers due to the same chemical. Virgil however being smarter and being more experienced in understanding of his powers, can fight more effectively. Now he fights both the bullies and the corrupt police. Virgil however becomes interested about Rocket, who goes to her school, and wonders if she is dating Icon.
As Rocket scoffs at the idea of dating Static, Icon tells her to calm down since the boy is being hunted by a hyper-violent vigilante, attacking anyone he thinks might be a criminal even if there's no proof, and makes his own definition of what constitutes a crime. Rocket believes the vigilante is insane, even if a racist, and is misguided by his privileged life. She decides to go apprehend him before he attacks Static, but is stopped by Icon who wants to show her more.
Kelly and David, two scientists who were in love, created a chemical to make plants grow faster. It however ended merging them into one superhuman body, struggles with each other's psyches inside its head. Rocket gets shocked at what she saw and wonders why so many strange things are happening at once. Unknown to her and Icon, a man named Dharma is watching them and every other superhuman. He states that they are only a small part of what's to come, and he is deciding their places for the coming war.
Appearing in "Milestone Returns Zero"
- Icon (First appearance) (Flashback and main story) (Also in a vision) (Origin)
- Rocket (First appearance) (Flashback and main story) (Also in a vision) (Origin)
- Duo (First appearance; unnamed) (Origin)
- Static (First appearance) (Flashback and main story) (Also in a vision) (Origin)
- Greater Dakota Police Department (Flashback only)
- School bullies (Flashback only)
- Frank Stone (First appearance; unnamed) (Flashback only) (Origin)
- Unnamed vigilante
- Dave Hawkins (First appearance) (Flashback only)
- Dharma (First appearance)
- Hardware (First appearance) (Cameo) (In a vision)
- Jesus Christ (Flashback only)
- Ms. Roberts (Single appearance)
- Sandra Ervin (First appearance) (Flashback only)
- United Nations
- Earth M (First appearance)
- The Big Bang (Flashback only)
- This comic was released as a digital-only preview on September 12, 2020 as part of DC Fandome and coincided with several previous Milestone comics being released for free on several digital platforms.
- The protest signs include references to Black Lives Matter and the slogan "I can't breathe", which are for the anti-police brutality protests that were going on at the time this comic came out.
- Kelly Sanborne is shown wearing a shirt with Wonder Woman's logo, indicating DC Universe characters are fictional on Earth M.
- This comic was re-released in February 2021 as an "Infinite Edition" with extra stories.
- Milestone Media Recommended Reading
- Blood Syndicate (Volume 1)
- Deathwish (Volume 1)
- Heroes (Volume 1)
- Hardware (Volume 1)
- Icon (Volume 1)
- Kobalt (Volume 1)
- Long Hot Summer (Volume 1)
- Milestone Forever (Volume 1)
- Milestone Returns #0
- My Name is Holocaust (Volume 1)
- Shadow Cabinet (Volume 1)
- Static (Volume 1)
- Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool (Volume 1)
- Wise Son: The White Wolf (Volume 1)
- Xombi (Volume 1)
- "Shadow War"
- "Long Hot Summer"
- "Worlds Collide"
Links and References
- "Milestone Returns #0 Previews in Three Weeks from DC Fandome for Free" by Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool (August 23, 2020)