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Thomasina Jefferson

Mayor Thomasina Jefferson

Mayor Thomasina Jefferson

First Appearance: Icon #2, 1993

Biography

The Mayor of Dakota. She’s most well known for being the mother of Holocaust and for being the one who approached Alva technologies for the experimental gas used at the Big Bang event resulting in many deaths and the creation of “Bang Babies” such as Static, Payback and Blood Syndicate.

After the Big Bang she was held hostage by Payback who wanted her to confess to her part in the Big Bang but he was stopped by Icon. Thomasina also appeared to have dated Augustus Freeman.


Estelle Jackson

EstelleJackson

Estelle Jackson- Freeman

Created by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan.

1st appearance: Icon #7, 1993

Nationality: American

Legal Status: No criminal record

Weight: 110 lbs    Height: 5’7

Eyes: Black             Hair: Black

Known Relatives: Augustus Freeman/Icon (Husband), unborn child (deceased), Miriam Freeman (Mother in Law, deceased)

Biography

During the Harlem renaissance Icon met and married Estelle Jackson with whom he shared his every secret. Life with Estelle renewed his interest in humanity but he became disillusioned following the failed promise of both the Harlem Era and the post WWII Years. Estelle would keep him in touch with the civil rights movement from the1950’s through the 1970’s, until her death in 1977 from Cancer. She was the first person to propose that he use his powers for humanity’s betterment. His career as Icon is his final belayed gift to her.


Icon #7 Review

Icon #7

Icon #7

When a superhero sidekick finds out she’s pregnant, will she keep it or……..

Courtesy of Dwayne Mcduffie comes this touching tale of a teenage

superhero faced with a life altering decision!!

Summary

Icon explains his origins to rocket but she doesn’t believe him. She goes to a clinic for a check up to confirm her pregnancy. She is pregnant and she considers an abortion and adoption, the doctor all but tries to convince her on the first.

Icon meanwhile goes around town doing good. Rocket meets up with him to ask for a loan though she does not specify for what. When she brings up abortion he recounts his dead wife’s abortion and she finally decides she wants to keep the baby despite common sense and logic telling her otherwise. She continues to write her book confident that somehow someway things will work out. icon7 1

The Good

Bold-What can be said about a comic book from the 90’s dealing with a teenage mother considering abortion or adoption with a superhero and a doctor except…BLOODY WELL DONE! The topic of abortions even in the new millennium is taboo. This tale reaches me on a very personal level since I got my girlfriend pregnant while we where both seniors in high school. I still don’t know how Mcduffie got DC to agree to publishing this comic because it deals with a reality that society and the entertainment industry as a whole would rather pretend didn’t exist. Teenagers do shag, they probably shag more than people in a stable relationship (laugh) pregnancy of course is a side effect of enjoying the fun aspect of a shag without thinking about it. I dig the melding of reality here.

A real Icon-The courage of Rocket makes her a role model for owning up to mistakes beyond the paper she’s drawn on. She’s definitely an Icon!

Action-Action fans should also be happy as Icon flew around town helping little old ladies whose purses were snatched adding another

icon7 2Humor- Another huge aspect of Mcduffie’s personality that shone through in this issue was his sense of humor, similar if you can believe it to Joss Whedon in many ways. When Icon pours his heart out to Rocket and she thinks he’s lying was just golden, sure the situation was serious but c’mon it’s always funny when you tell the truth and the person your telling said truth thinks your a liar!

Art- The art continues to grow in stride with nice proportioned characters that actually look like real people as opposed to the clearly fictional proportions of other comics an added bonus was how well it conveyed the emotions of the characters in the various situations connected to the pregnancy and the possible abortion.

Emotional-The reality of abortion that this book brings to the forefront of the mind is daunting considering this came out November 1993. Rocket walks through the women’s clinic and has this moving talk with a female doctor who had an abortion many years ago. The doctor warns her of the complications that can occur with an abortion if she waits any longer she also alludes that her own pregnancy that she got rid off may have prevented her from becoming a doctor but you also get that she still feels the loss ever so often. Icon later tells Rocket about his own wife’s abortion to save her life that neither of them got over. This also brought up allot of my emotional baggage from my teen years as my then girlfriend had an abortion after her father found out she was pregnant and neither of us have ever gotten over that, despite her being married and me now being a jolly dad to a beautiful young lady. Thus is not a decision that one makes lightly!

The Bad

The art will turn some off as well as what some will perceive as the slow paced story.

The Ugly

Deeply moving and way ahead of it’s time! 4/5


Young Justice Episode #25- Usual Suspects

Spoilers

The Justice league inducts new members including black superman Icon along with, Red Arrow, Dr.Fate, Plastic man and Atom. Rocket joins Young Justice. Superboy reveals his ties to Lex Luthor, Artemis reveals the rest of her family are villains and Ms. Martian reveals the villains are blackmailing her.  By coming clean with each other they defeat the gathered villains on Santa Prisca, though Cheshire and Luthor escape.

in space Red Arrow betrays the league placing them all under the control of vandal savage.


Blue Marvel vs Icon

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Icon #6 Review

Summary

Icon is about to be done in when Rocket comes to the rescue. She holds her own briefly before being overwhelmed and Icon saves her. They all call a truce and Icon speaks with DMZ about being stranded on the planet. Icon and the blood syndicate leader cease fighting and meet in the middle of both their territories. They call a truce once Icon asks them what they plan to do with their power now that they have all of their territory to themselves.

The Good

Action heads this is your issue! Lots of action with the exposition cut back to expose a lovely tale which struck a great balance.

Icon makes a great symbol to aspire to but not a very practical relatable day to day man. He’s far too aloof more often than not. This issue was good in using him in small doses, he’s great at giving speeches and when he does so he’s great!

Raquel shows here why she’s the go to girl and the person carrying this series. When she walks up to the blood syndicate talks to them on their level posture and all they can’t do anything but just stand and stare. They eventually do decided to knock her around but this shows two things 1) her feistiness and 2) the difference between relating to people from a high horse like icon as opposed to Her who spoke to them in the language and style they are familiar with.

Again she shows why she is a hero to watch as she never back down from a fight and can more than hold her own against just about anyone even if just briefly. She also shows her selflessness in all but sacrificing herself for Icon in this battle.

The pissing contest between Icon and Wise son was also quite good and showed a more human side to icon than we’ve seen before. His concern for her unborn child and her own well being was also very humanizing and well written. Icon also shows that he’s more powerful than we’ve given him credit for thus far, which bodes well for his fight showings in the future.

The Bad

Art was ok…adherence to style is one thing but c’mon!

The Ugly

4/5


Icon #2 Review

Summary

We get a flashback as one of the mayor’s co-workers walks into her office and takes her hostage. Few hours later Icon and Rocket arrive to give the police their assistance things go wrong as Icon wants to comply with their request of being slapped in cuffs and hauled off while Rocket lashes out at them. When things stabilize the duo saves the cops and rushes into the mayor’s office right after she actually confesses to being the one responsible for what happened at the “big bang”. Icon disarms the man who transforms into a hulking beast!

The Good

The dialogue and story have started sinking there hooks in, McDuffie has crafted two very well characterized and executed people in, Icon and Rocket. One is aloof, law abiding and pretty much “uptown” while the other is a dirt poor tough as nails chick with quite a mouth on her. It was also great seeing a brief recap of the hostage situation and what lead to the police and our duo clashing.

The motivation of the would be captor is also a great read as it starts what will probably be a conspiracy theory that has far reaching consequences in the “Dakotaverse”.

Additionally we got to see just what Rocket’s powers are thanks to the belt and the brief skirmish with the cops.

The Bad

The art is still not one of the highlights of this book :(

The Ugly

All in all a solid read 3.5/5


Icon-Augustus Freeman

Icon

Publisher: Milestone Comics

Created by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan.

1st appearance: Icon #1, May 1993

Nationality: Terminan mutate (disguised as human)

Alias: Augustus Freeman, Augustus Freeman, Jr., Augustus Freeman III, Augustus Freeman IV, Hero of Dakota, Arnus Prime, Black Superman

Team Affiliations: Shadow Cabinet

Legal Status: No criminal record

Weight: 290 lbs    Height: 6’3

Eyes: Black             Hair: Black

Known Relatives: Estelle Freeman (wife, deceased), unborn child (deceased), Miriam Freeman (adoptive mother, deceased), adoptive brother (name unrevealed, deceased), adoptive sisters (names unrevealed, both deceased), Arnus II (clone), Amistad Augustus Ervin (godson)

Skills and abilities: Skilled in armed and unarmed combat having fought in the every American war from the civil war-WW2. He is also a skilled mediator and lawyer thanks to a century’s worth of experience in American law.

Powers: Icon is a member of the Terminian alien race. When his ship crash landed and reassembled his DNA into that  of a human being it had the side effect of “mutating” him, literally maximizing all his natural abilities making him very similar in power to a Kryptonian under a yellow sun. His powers grant him the following abilities Flight: through the manipulation of gravitons and magnetic fields; Invulnerability: allowing him to withstand unharmed high caliber bullets, energy blasts and temperature extremes; Superhuman-strength: Due to his alien heritage and the maximization of his potential as a human being he has near limitless strength shown to at least be equal to Superman; Super-speed: Although his top speed is unknown Icon has been shown to have comparable speed to Flash and Superman; Super-reflexes; Icon can think, react and move at superhuman speed; Super-stamina: Icon does not tire as his body never gets fatigued; Enhance-mental perception: Icon is highly resistant to all forms of mind control and probing; Enhance-senses: Sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing are all far beyond that of a normal human; Regenerative-healing factor; When one actually manages to injure Icon his body is able to replace lost organs, limbs and damaged tissue very quickly; longevity: Though centuries old Icon appears to be a man possessing peak health in the prime of his life; Ability to generate and project positron energy: Perhaps his most powerful ability, a low level flicker of this energy can turn on a light switch or shatter a bottle while a more powerful blast has staggered Superman, he can also channel this energy into his fists to enhance his strength even further, as a pulse to identify Bang Babies and create limited constructs. It is unknown just how powerful his positron energy is as it has never been used to its maximum potential.

Biography

Before Earth

Born Arnus on Terminia. He eventually joined the galactic council known as the “Cooperative” where he was essentially a lawyer. After Adjudicating  a very disagreeable situation, involving the criminal Oblivion he took a vacation. On the interstellar pleasure cruise line however the ship came under attack and he was forced to crash land his already damaged pod on the nearest planet, Earth.

Slavery

He crash landed on earth in 1839 on a cotton plantation. His life pod recreated his body by duplicating the dna of the nearest life form, a slave woman.  As a human infant he learned the local language and the caste system of slavery based on skin tone. He grew to love his earth mother Miriam. Arnus later discovered he had superhuman powers and immortality.He used his powers secretly to lighten the load of his fellow slaves and aiding a resistance movement dedicated to freeing slaves known as the “underground railroad”. Here he bid his time in hopes that Earth’s technology would catch up to his own allowing his ship to be repaired. By the time he was fifteen slavery was abolished and he took the last name “Freeman”, he also fought in the Civil war against Slavery.

Due to his mutated Terminan body he has virtual immorality which he has manged to keep from the public by assuming the identity of his “son” throughout the years. Following the War he attended “Fist University” where he studied law and “passed the bar’ in several states, thus able to support himself. This allowed him to retrieve his pod. (Icon #25)

While building his law practice he found his adopted mother and siblings right before she died (Icon #25). Distraught he became distant from human society and interaction. He met a young woman who he was fond of but knowing he would outlive her he left so that she could have a normal life (Icon #32).

Harlem renaissance

During a time of great artistic renewal known as the Harlem renaissance he met and fell in love with Estelle Jackson, they later married. After the disappointment by the era’s unfulfilled promise they left the country, living as expatriates in France. During World War two he fought with the allies against Nazi Germany in hopes that the united front against racial segregation would lead to more racial unity in the Americas. After the War they returned to America. Racism reappeared even more fervently than before, though in 1964 under Martin Luther King blacks gained “legal parity’ with their white brethren.

With his wife’s encouragement he increased his heroics though he never went public. This lead to rumors of a “mystery man”. This is when they also realized their genetic incompatibility prevented them from having children. In 1977 his wife died of Cancer. This left him even more emotionally distant than before as he now lived only to return home. He blamed himself fro her death since he knew his pod could have saved her if he had known how to fix it in time. He moved to Dakota, away from Harlem to escape the memories and pain of his wife’s passing.

Modern Times

He threw himself into his work and kept eyes on Alva Technologies’ which was very close to being able to repair his ship. His law firm grew to one of the most successful in the country. He became the personal lawyer to Corporate leaders, senators and the upper crust of American society. Under the guise of Augustus Freeman IV he met Raquel Irvin who was one of a group of teens who were trying to rob him. In her he saw the same impartiality of his dead wife Estelle. This same girl would later convince him to don a costume and become “Icon”. He then became the dakotavers’ premier superhero, essentially their “superman”.

In recent years he battled the Justice league along with a newly reformed Shadow Cabinet. He is friends with superman, immune to green lantern prosecution thanks to his status as a Terminan mutate.


Icon: A Hero’s Welcome

Icon: A Hero’s Welcome

The flagship character from Milestone Comics is back in this new printing of the classic title collecting ICON #1-8. This is the title that introduced Augustus Freeman, a successful lawyer who covertly uses his alien super-powers to help those in need. But when a teenaged girl from the streets convinces him to use his abilities to inspire his people and becomes his sidekick, Rocket, the affluent Augustus embraces his true destiny and becomes Icon, the hero of Dakota.


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