With status quo changes and expanded heroic legacies, 2021 has been quite a year for comics. Screen Rant has compiled a list of the most historic moments.
At the dawn of a new year, there is never a better time to reflect on the previous one and see what wonder and CC events have earned a place in comic book history. It was a time of great change, filled with bold beginnings, shocking endings, and bold artistic choices that gave several comics what they needed to stand the test of time. That said, it’s time to look back at some of 2021’s most historic comic book moments.
DC ushered in a new generation of legacy heroes with Infinite Frontier
New Lanterns. A new Batman and Superman. If one word defined DC in 2021, it would be “legacy” for all the new heroes the recent relaunch has lifted and given a voice to. the infinite border push was the massive line-wide redesign of DC Comics after the events of Dark Knights: Death Metal and the beginning of a new era for the company. By emphasizing creative freedom for the future, stories could be crafted without being held back by the constraints of the past. Not only have existing heroes been taken in exciting directions, but room has been made for a new, more diverse generation to rise up and take the lead.
Over the past year, DC has had more legacy characters in leadership roles on its books than ever before. Jace Fox is a future dark knight in I am batman. Sojourner “Jo” Mullein and Teen Lantern Keli Quintela took it upon themselves to save the Corps by The Green Lantern. And Jonathan Kent caused a stir by taking over from his father in Superman: Son of Kal-El. These characters and many more have been instrumental in giving voice to an underserved audience and bringing the spirit of DC’s story to every reader possible.
Marvel has a new King in Black and a new Venom
Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s journey with Venom came to a spectacular end earlier this year with the king in black event that saw Eddie Brock take on the god of symbiotes, Knull. The battle ended with Brock victorious after he was imbued with a cosmic force that temporarily made him the opposite of Kull, the God of Light. Since his victory over Knull, Brock has taken on the mantle of the new King in Black, becoming one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. But where exactly did that leave Venom?
As Eddie travels through space, his son Dylan has taken on the mantle of Venom on Earth. Young Brock faces his own trials, pursued by the authorities and the Life Foundation with no one by his side except the Venom and Sleeper symbiotes. It’s a new era for symbiotes with Eddie as King in Black and his son charting his own path as Venom and fans are no doubt excited for the changes this new status quo could bring.
A milestone has returned after an incredibly long absence
Since the closure of the original Milestone Comics line in 1997, appearances by the heroes of the Dakotaverse have been sporadic at best. Static’s popularity earned him a comic during the New 52 reboot, as well as a spot on the Teen Titans. Beyond that, heroes like Icon, Rocket, and Hardware have largely disappeared from the action. Rumors had been swirling for years that a resurrection was on the horizon, but the outlook looked bleak amid lawsuits and a general lack of information about Milestone’s future. In other words, until the publication in 2020 of Step feedback #0which prepared fans for a big relaunch that would come the following year.
The summer of 2021 saw the first year of the Stage feedback the footprint hit the ground with Static: Season 1, Icon and Rocket: Season 1, and Material: Season 1. Critics and fans alike were thrilled to see the heroes return and with second seasons of the titles already in the works (with a return of Blood Syndicate), 2021 has been a banner time for Milestone Comics fans.
Marvel’s divine figure has revealed his darker side
It took nearly three years and fifty issues, but Al Ewing and Joe Bennett Immortal Hulk closed its run with an ending as grand and cosmic as the journey itself. As Bruce Banner and his various personas struggled against the machinations of the enigmatic One-Below-All, they finally had the chance to confront the Gamma-powered force and ask why it tormented them so. The shocking answer only came when the One-Below-All was revealed to be the alternate face of Marvel’s most godlike being, the One-Above-All.
The revelation that the two ultra-powerful deities are opposite sides of the same coin wasn’t just a great way to bring him home for Immortal Hulk, it was an addition that gave more depth to the mysterious being. With the One-Below-All serving as the metaphorical Hulk, the One-Above-All has finally achieved cosmic balance. One side representing creation, the other destruction. The ramifications of One-Below-All’s existence have yet to be explored, but his presence as a cosmic counterforce to the most powerful entity in the Marvel Universe makes him one of the most notable additions to the year.
night wing Took comics to new heights with a fantastic number
The work of Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo on night wing received critical acclaim and quickly became a fan favorite among the eldest son of the Bat-Family. Taylor emphasized the fun, lightheartedness of the hero, and Redondo’s art gave the book the kinetic energy an acrobat like Dick Grayson should convey. While the book made dramatic changes to Nightwing’s life, the creative team made some narrative choices in an issue that became one of the most talked about comics of the year.
Taylor and Redondo Night wing #87 presents an experimental technique that tells a story in a continuous image. Redondo draws Dick jumping, climbing and running through a beautifully drawn cityscape while Taylor’s dialogue works with art in tandem to create one of the most exciting comics of the year. Fans went wild for the book, raving about its innovation and execution. Finding a storytelling device that so skillfully embodies a character is difficult, but the joint efforts of Taylor and Redondo knocked it out of the park. It’s a certainty Night wing #87 will be considered the comic that sent off 2021 in the most dynamic way possible.
It remains to be seen where these things will lead in 2022, but for now these CC and wonder events are what will stand out as some of the most historic moments of 2021.
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