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365 Reasons to Love Comics #43

Our Black History Month spotlight falls on a creator who should have a far higher profile than he does currently. Maybe his new project in comics will change this. Let’s find out.
2/12/07

43. Dwayne McDuffie

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(Image courtesy of DwayneMcDuffie.com)

McDuffie is a prominent black creator, but he’s not a prominent creator, if you catch my drift. He should be, though.

His first big project was Damage Control, for Marvel. As you all know, Damage Control was a great idea and a pretty fun series.

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He continued at Marvel to bring us Deathlok (II), which was the best Deathlok series of them all, and certainly the best version of the title character. A pacifist in the body of a cyborg death machine! That’s good comics.

McDuffie moved over to DC for his biggest project, the Milestone imprint. This was the little corner of the DC Multiverse that introduced numerous black superheroes like Hardware, Icon, the Blood Syndicate, and the most famous of all, Static.

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The line lasted a few years and then dropped off the radar. It’s okay, though, ’cause Dwayne moved on to a career in animation and brought us the Static Shock! animated series, which then led him into taking over Justice League Unlimited, and delivering a cartoon that the fans all plotzed over.

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McDuffie’s big return to comics occurred last year with the Beyond! mini-series. Now he’s come to rescue us from bad Fantastic Four stories by taking over the title.

Will his run on FF be the big new awesome thing to catapult him to the stardom he deserves? I guess we’ll have to wait and find out.

Is it agreed? Is Dwayne McDuffie a reason to love comics? I think so. He’s introduced plenty of new and exciting characters and concepts into the medium and written some damn fine stories.

12 Comments

The Milestone line was just great, great comics. Blood Syndicate is still one of my favorite titles ever.

I can’t wait for him to get properly stuck into Fantastic Four. I’m expecting it to be great.

Yeah, the new Fantastic Four should be good.

Well…I’ve never been a fan of Mr. McDuffie.
I was never particularly fond of his run on Justice League Unlimited (especially that awful Eclipso episode).
To be perfectly, and brutally, honest…anything I’ve ever seen with his name on it has pretty much prevented me from buying whatever it is.
However, with that said…
I do respect the fact that he is widely respected in the comic community and feel that’s very much deserved.
I hope that he can, in my humble opinion, turn things around on Fantastic Four. I sincerely wish him the best of luck and will even give him another chance to “wow” me.

Hmmm…now that I think of it…
Was it him that wrote the JLU episode with the classic Superman/Captain Marvel fight? If so, then I stand corrected a little bit…because that was the best episode of JLU ever.

Dwayne McDuffie is great! I mean, it took him just one
issue to revert most of the damage done to the FF on
the previous writer reign of terror! It takes A LOT of
skill to do that!

Once I got in touch with him (to send him the only Milestone comic published in Brazil) and he was quite
a nice guy too. The man rules!

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

I just loved Damage Control. It’d be nice to see another couple of mini-series, just enough to get it up to the magic twenty-issue mark (for ‘The Essential Damage Control’, natch.)

I also thought pretty highly of ‘Beyond!’, even if it was a little too hardcore-Marvel-geek oriented at times, and even if Gravity was practically redshirted from panel one.

A great writer finally getting the showcase he deserves. I loved the Milestone books, Deathlok is still one of my most fondly remembered series, and Beyond was even better than my high expectations.

Then he comes in and fixes JMS’ FF in one issue!

I can read FF again!

I believe the Captain Marvel episode was written by DeMatteis. But McDuffie’s still awesome. He should be the next big thing, but he’ll probably be one of those creators who isn’t massive, but are utterly adored by their fans, like Dan Slott or Gail Simone.

Damage Control was a fun miniseries, Static Shock was an awesome show, JLU was a treat, and McDuffie’s first issue on Fantastic Four was an incredible, thought-provoking read. So, yeah, he definitely deserves any kudos that you give him. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does on FF.

He sounds exactly like Joe Casey. Just listen to there Wordballoon interviews.

Neil…
I just checked TV.com (invaluable source, btw) and both deMatteis and McDuffie are listed as the writers of the episode.
So…I guess that means that I still hold to my “slightly corrected stance”…lol…

The Kirbydotter

March 10, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Sorry to say that I have yet to read a memorable comic book written by Dwayne McDuffie.

I like the Justice League animated series episodes he has written though.

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