Coming this May, DC Comics returns ‘Static Shock’ to his own book with Static Shock #1. Writer Felicia Henderson takes the helm of ‘Static Shock’ joined by the art team of Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion. This will mark the first time in almost a decade that Static will have his own ongoing monthly series.
I have always been a big fan of Static, from his cartoon on Kid’s WB to his time with the ‘Teen Titans’. And I am always on the look out for a new Static adventure. Since 2008, Static has been folded into the mainstream continuity of the DC Universe and the 2009 ‘Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool’ trade paperback was nominated for a Glyph Award for Best Reprint Collection.
When asked about the new ongoing series write Felicia Henderson said:
“I always had my fingers crossed about Static getting his own book, again. In fact, I stalked Dan DiDio (DC Comics co-publisher) about the idea. I’m also a big Dwayne McDuffie fan, and if I could choose my real life little brother, he’d be Static! I love his relationship with his family, particularly with his sister. It feels very grounded and real to me. I love how much he cares about Dakota and that he’s a typical guy in a lot of ways. And nothing’s more fun to write than raging hormones, a dedication to doing the right thing for the right reasons, all while still trying to figure out who you are and what you really want.”
Static was created by Dwayne McDuffie and made his first appearance in the DCU in April, 1993 in Static #1. Static’s powers allow him to control various electromagnetic phenomena, in particular allowing him to manifest both electrical and magnetic energy – Static’s powers are best described as super-conductor electromagnetism (the means by which floating maglev trains are suspended above the rails). Static’s powers allow him to control electromagnetism, making him part of the Earth’s electromagnetic field. He is also capable of generating and storing his own electromagnetic energy (think about how you are when you rub your socked feet across the floor just waiting to “zap” someone). He can choose to keep this electromagnetic energy in his body by controlling the current and voltage to call upon when needed. Static’s body can generate raw electromagnetic energy, which he can control at will for various uses (flight via metal disk, electrocuting his opponents, ‘clinging’ to surfaces, levitating object or people and more).