While diversity in comics has made strides in the Big Two in the past couple of years, Denys Cowan still wants to see a greater shift in comics:
“We’ve never just done black characters just to do black characters,” Cowan said. “It’s always come from a specific point of view, which is what made our books work. What we also didn’t do, which is the trend now, is [to] have characters that are, not blackface, but they’re the black versions of the already established white characters — as if it gives legitimacy to these black characters in some kind of way — [that] these characters are legitimate because now there’s a black Captain America.”
That’s why Cowan is one of the men instrumental in bringing back a new incarnation of Milestone Media. Milestone Media 2.0 co-founders Reginald Hudlin, Denys Cowan, and Derek Dingle are at the helm once again for a new version of the Milestone publishing imprint. The Washington Post broke the news, and made mention of the late Dwayne McDuffie’s influence on the Milestone line.
The original Milestone company debuted in 1997 under McDuffie and the rest of the co-founders. Returning to the imprint are characters new and old. Milestone also created Static Shock, a hero that has a live-action deal with Warner Bros.. If all goes as planned, it was noted that we can expect more news at the upcoming 2015 San Diego Comic-Con as Milestone spreads towards multiple publishers and media companies. Deals making the new imprint possible have been in development for two years.