Today marks the start of Black History Month. In celebration, DC Comics is spotlighting its Black Super Heroes and creative talent through Black History Month variant covers, and a some brand-new BHM-themed art by artist Alitha Martinez (Nubia and the Amazons) and colorist Emilio Lopez, plus the heroes from Milestone’s Dakotaverse by Icon & Rocket: Season One artist Doug Braithwaite.
Here’s Martinez & Lopez’s piece:
And here’s Braithwaite’s:
In addition, the Milestone Initiative program, announced during DC FanDome, begins in full swing as the inaugural class will soon be officially announced as well as more updates.
The Milestone Initiative
Announced during DC FanDome 2021, DC and Milestone Media, along with Ally, announced The Milestone Initiative, a program created to identify, develop and mentor aspiring comic book professionals of color. Applicants selected for the Milestone Talent Development Program will receive both in-person tutelage from working comic book professionals, in addition to virtual education through the prestigious Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. After study, attendees will be paired with other comic book professionals to create new, original stories within the Milestone Universe.
The announcement of the inaugural class for the Milestone Talent Development Program and more big updates are coming soon so check out www.dcuniverse.com/milestone for the latest news!
In collaboration with renowned digital artist and illustrator Alexis Franklin, the DC Comics Black History Month celebration will also feature a series of variant covers celebrating several of DC’s Black Super Heroes. Check them out below:
Green Lantern #11 (on sale now)
I Am Batman #6 (on sale February 8)
Nubia and the Amazons #5 (on sale February 15)
The Flash #779 (on sale February 15)
Action Comics #1040 (on sale February 22)
Aquamen #1 (on sale February 22)
DC and Milestone Comics (available at participating comic book stores and digital platforms)
Green Lantern, by Geoffrey Thorne, Tom Raney, and Marco Santucci (issue #11 on sale February 1)
Suicide Squad (featuring Amanda Waller) by Robbie Thompson and Eduardo Pansica (issue #12 on sale February 1)
I Am Batman, by John Ridley, Ken Lashley and Rex Lokus (issue #6 on sale February 8)
Icon and Rocket Season One (issue #5 on sale now, issue #6 on sale February 15)
Nubia and the Amazons, by Stephanie Williams and Alitha Martinez (issue #5 on sale February 15)
Aquamen, by Chuck Brown, Brandon Thomas, Sami Basri and Adriano Lucas (debuting Feb 22)
Static Season One (issue #6 in stores March 1)
Hardware Season One (issue #4 on sale 1/25, issue #5 on sale February 22)
NAOMI Season Two, co-written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker, with art by Jamal Campbell (issue #1 on sale March 8)
DC Books for Young Readers, Original Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Milestone Compendium One (on sale February 1)
REPRESENT! (on sale February 1)
Batwing: Luke Fox (on sale February 15)
The Other History of the DC Universe, by John Ridley, Andrea Cucchi and Giuseppe Camuncoli (available now)
Green Lantern John Stewart: A Celebration of 50 Years (available now)
Mister Miracle: The Great Escape, by Varian Johnson and Daniel Isles (available now)
Far Sector, by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell
Nubia: Real One, by L.L. McKinney and Robyn Smith (available now)