Milestone Comics was an imprint of DC Comics, created by Milestone Media. Milestone Media was a company founded by a coalition of African-America artists and writers (Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle) who believed that minorities were severely underrepresented in American comics. Milestone was their attempt to correct this.
Milestone's comics took place in their own universe, rather than the DC Universe proper, which has been informally called the Dakotaverse, after the fictional city of Dakota, in which many of the comics take place. This was a creator-owned universe, unlike most of DC's titles.
Milestone published the titles Hardware, Icon, Blood Syndicate, and Static initially, and the character of Static proved to be their biggest breakout success, garnering his own animated show. However, with slumping sales across the industry, Milestone started to pare down until finally ceasing comic publication in 1997. In 2008, DC integrated the Milestone characters into the DC Universe proper.
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