Static is Setting Up a Massive Milestone Crossover
In high school, Virgil Hawkins, AKA Static, met Raquel Ervin, AKA Rocket. This made a Milestone team up seem natural. The Dakotaverse started to emerge in 2021 with Static: Season One and Icon and Rocket Season One and Hardware: Season One. The heroes are now collaborating and setting the wheels in motion for their Justice League.
Readers might not have known that Raquel Ervin (and Virgil Hawkins) attend the same high school if it wasn’t already been covered in the series. Dakota City is fully imagined and has many characters, locations, and events shared in the three ongoing comics. Milestone’s world-building was a step ahead of its time in the 1990s and continues to impress with its current comics. Hardware was a crucial player in the past, despite his brief appearance during static: Season One Virgil and meet another hero in Icon and Rocket #5, written and illustrated by Reginald Hudlin and Leon Chills, with art Andrew Currie and Doug Braithwaite.
Raquel and Virgil sit in the same classroom and have a short conversation in the hallway. Virgil reveals that he is Static to Raquel during their discussion. He is aware that Raquel is Rocket, and he wants to establish ties with fellow Dakota superheroes. This scene occurs after the end of Season One, when Virgil has fully developed into his superhero self. Confidently, Virgil says to her, “I can be somebody you can talk about stuff like this.” Your other life. The one who is a hero… Because I am Static.” Although she doesn’t seem interested, Virgil’s initiative is sowing the seeds for a future team-up with Icon or Rocket.
Raquel Ervin, who is unfazed, has become preoccupied in high school when Ant interrupts her. Virgil is harassed by a few students as he displays his ability to fight bullies in the hallway. He nearly lost his temper in an altercation with a student using his electromagnetic skills. He quickly disarms the students who are harassing him by shocking them off-panel. The issue took place after Static’s first seasons. This moment exemplifies Virgil’s rise as a hero.
It is also a sign of Virgil’s growth that he is willing and able to share his identity with his fellow student-superhero. The Milestone creative team had previously teased that the first three seasons of the titles might be converged with an event. Static and Rocket are now aware of their secret identities. Hardware and Raquel have become friends with Virgil.