This morning DC Comics announced a partnership with Milestone Media to publish new comics featuring popular Milestone characters like Static, Hardware and Icon.
Unlike DC's previous Static Shock comic, which positioned Static as one of many heroes in the New 52 universe, the Milestone characters will go back to existing in their own self-contained world (referred to as Earth-M). The arrangement seems similar to Milestone's original relationship with DC, where the former was a DC imprint but maintained creative control over its properties.
No specific projects have been revealed yet, though both Geoff Johns and Jim Lee will be involved with the new Milestone comics in some capacity. Rather than focusing on ongoing comics, Milestone will publish up to two hardcover graphic novels per year, along with a small number of mini-series and one-shot specials. These stories will feature a mixture of familiar faces (including Static, Xombi, Hardware, Icon and Rocket) and new heroes and villains.