Icon: A Hero’s Welcome (Jan. 1996):
“May We Bang You?”
by Dwayne McDuffie, M. D. Bright, Mike Gustovich

Icon: A Hero's Welcome

Title: “May We Bang You?”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Jan. 1996

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: M. D. Bright, Mike Gustovich

16 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Icon Icon (Augustus Freeman)
(lead character)
CBR Scale: I alien
The Shadow Cabinet DC Milestone Media 73
Rocket Rocket (Raquel Ervin) hero
  black; The Shadow Cabinet... 
[Icon's partner]
DC Milestone Media 58
Brickhouse Brickhouse (Marta) hero
  black; Blood Syndicate...  DC Milestone Media 40
Third Rail Third Rail (Pui Chung) hero
  Asian; Blood Syndicate...  DC Milestone Media 44
Boogieman Boogieman (Martin Berger) hero
CBR Scale: S Jewish
Blood Syndicate DC Milestone Media 44
Wise Son Wise Son (Hannibal White) hero
CBR Scale: S Black Muslim (Nation of Islam)
black; Blood Syndicate DC Milestone Media 59
Noble supporting character
  [with Raquel (who became Rocket), tried to rob Icon's house] DC Milestone Media 8
Rocket Darnice supporting character
  [Rocket's close friend; temporarily replaced her as "Rocket"] DC Milestone Media 10
DMZ DMZ hero
  black; Blood Syndicate DC Milestone Media 57
Fade Fade (Carlos Quinones Jr.) hero
black; Blood Syndicate...  DC Milestone Media 56
Flashback Flashback (Sara Quinones) hero
  Blood Syndicate; Force Syndicate...  DC Milestone Media 53
Masquerade Masquerade hero
  black; Blood Syndicate DC Milestone Media 31
Blood Syndicate Blood Syndicate hero group
  [gang] DC Milestone Media 61
Dogg Dogg hero
CBR Scale: M uplifted animal
Blood Syndicate; dog
[normal dog made intelligent by Big Bang Q-Juice]
DC Milestone Media 37
Grandma Ervin supporting character
[Rocket's grandma]
DC Milestone Media 2
Amistad Augustus Ervin Amistad Augustus Ervin
supporting character
[child of teenage mom super-heroine Rocket]
DC Milestone Media 6

This comic was reprinted from: Icon #5 (Sep. 1993): "May We Bang You?".

This trade paperback collects the first eight issues of the original Icon series. For more information please see those descriptions. This book contains a foreword by Reginald Hudlin. A new printing volume was published in September 2009.

Notes from original source:
Summary (from

Icon confronts the Blood Syndicate to find out the scoop on the Big Bang. Raquel is deciding whether to have the baby. Icon has a strange encounter with DMZ, it's hinted he is an alien also. Raquel confronts the father of her kid, Noble. Icon is pummeled by the Syndicate.