Milestone Returns
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Official cover for Milestone Returns #0.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
Publication dateSeptember 2020 – present
Main character(s)Earth-M (Milestone Universe)

Milestone Returns or Earth-M is an ongoing line of American comic books published by DC Comics that began in September 2020.[1]

The line features reimagined versions of the fictional characters and shared universe of Milestone Media by Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, Derek T. Dingle and Dwayne McDuffie.[2]

Publication history

In 2018, DC Comics announced Earth-M as a reboot of several comic books of Milestone Media by Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, Derek T. Dingle and Dwayne McDuffie.[citation needed]

In 2020, Earth-M was retitled as Milestone Returns, with the initial issue being published in September.[3] An extended version was published in February 2021.[4]

The issues are available in print, digitally, and on DC Universe Infinite since April 2021.[1]


Milestone Returns is set in "Earth-M", which is officially non-canon to the DC Universe.[2]


In Earth-M, famous characters like Static, Icon, Rocket, Hardware and several others have new origin stories related to the Big Bang, the event that happened in the city of Dakota.[5] While they still do not know each other, the enigmatic Dharma prepares them in secret for a war to come.[6]

List of titles


Title Issue(s) Writer(s) Artist(s) Colorist(s) Premiere date Finale date
Milestone Returns[3] #0 Reginald Hudlin
Greg Pak
Ryan Benjamin
Denys Cowan
Scott Hanna
Don Ho
Jim Lee
Jimmy Palmiotti
Khoi Pham
Bill Sienkiewicz
Alex Sinclair
Chris Sotomayor
September 13, 2020
Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition[7] Reginald Hudlin ChrisCross
Denys Cowan
Nikolas Draper-Ivey
Bill Sienkiewicz
Juan Castro
Nikolas Draper-Ivey
Wil Quintana
Chris Sotomayor
February 24, 2021

Year 1

Title Issue(s) Writer(s) Artist(s) Colorist(s) Premiere date Finale date
Static: Season One[8][9] #1–6 Vita Ayala ChrisCross Nikolas Draper-Ivey June 15, 2021 March 1, 2022
Icon and Rocket: Season One[9] Reginald Hudlin Doug Braithwaite
Andrew Currie
Scott Hanna
Brad Anderson July 27, 2021 March 22, 2022
Hardware: Season One[9] Brandon Thomas Denys Cowan
Bill Sienkiewicz
Chris Sotomayor August 10, 2021 May 31, 2022

Year 2

Title Issue(s) Writer(s) Artist(s) Colorist(s) Premiere date Finale date
Blood Syndicate: Season One[10][11][12] #1–6 Geoffrey Thorne Juan Castro
Wil Quintana May 10, 2022 Present
Duo[13][14] Greg Pak Scott Hanna
Khoi Pham
Chris Sotomayor May 17, 2022
Milestones in History #1 Various June 21, 2022
Static: Defenders of Dakota[15] #1–6 Vita Ayala ChrisCross Nikolas Draper-Ivey October 4, 2022 TBA

Announced titles

Collected editions

Title Material collected Pages Publication date ISBN
Static: Season One
  • Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0
  • Static: Season One #1–6
200 February 1, 2022 ISBN 1779514212, 978-1779514219
Icon and Rocket: Season One
  • Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0
  • Icon and Rocket: Season One #1–6
192 June 28, 2022 ISBN 1779515529, 978-1779515520
Hardware: Season One
  • Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0
  • Hardware: Season One #1–6
October 4, 2022 ISBN 1779515138, 978-1779515131
Blood Syndicate: Season One
  • Blood Syndicate: Season One #1–6
152 April 11, 2023 ISBN 1779518439, 978-1779518439
  • Duo #1–6
186 April 25, 2023 ISBN 1779518455, 978-1779518453


  1. ^ a b MacNamee, Olly (2021-03-23). "DC Comics Rethink: Milestone Comics To Relaunch, Now With Same Day And Date Print Copies". COMICON. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  2. ^ a b "The Return of DC's Milestone Universe Showcased in New Trailer". ScreenRant. 2021-06-16. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  3. ^ a b Quaintance, Zack (2021-05-25). "DC ROUND-UP: MILESTONE RETURNS #0, it's finally happening!". The Beat. Retrieved 2021-09-03.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Milestone Comics, the diverse and boundary-pushing superhero series, is back after two-decade hiatus". Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  5. ^ Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0 (2021). DC Comics.
  6. ^ Milestone Returns #0 (2020). DC Comics.
  7. ^ MacNamee, Olly (2021-03-23). "Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition (2021-)". COMICON. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  8. ^ March 2021, Chris Arrant 23 (2021-03-23). "New Static series delayed, but now all Milestone comics coming out simultaneously in print & digitally". gamesradar. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  9. ^ a b c Grunenwald, Joe (2021-02-26). "Creative teams for STATIC, ICON & ROCKET, and HARDWARE relaunches revealed". The Beat. Retrieved 2021-03-16.
  10. ^ a b c "DC Comics reveals next phase of Milestone Media with Blood Syndicate comic, animated movie and talent initiative". SYFY Official Site. 2021-10-18. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  11. ^ a b c Doran, Michael (2021-10-16). "Blood Syndicate returns to comics and Milestone gets animated in 2022". gamesradar. Retrieved 2021-10-16.
  12. ^ Michael Doran (2022-02-10). "Milestone's Blood Syndicate Season One launches in May". gamesradar. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  13. ^ George Marston (2022-02-18). "A new Milestone title rings in DC's AAPI Heritage Month celebration along with a series of variant covers". gamesradar. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  14. ^ "DC's Milestone Universe Expands With Earth-M Line of Comics". CBR. 2022-02-18. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  15. ^ Samantha Puc (2022-07-22). "Static: Shadows of Dakota limited series debuts in October". gamesradar. Retrieved 2022-07-22.