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'Static Shock' gets Marc Bernardin

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The New 52 - Static Shock

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DC Comics has announced Marc Bernardin as the new writer on Static Shock.

Bernardin will replace the outgoing John Rozum on the new title from issue #7.

"I've been familiar with Static as a character since the mid '90s, when it was part of the Milestone line of comics that DC was publishing," Bernardin told Bet.com.

"It was run by Dwayne McDuffie, who is a bit of a hero of mine. I followed Static through the Milestone books and I also followed him through the animated show that was on the WB for a couple of years.

"I was really intrigued to hear that Static was going to be a part of this rebranding New 52 initiative. When these new books started to come out, I picked up a few and I was actually pleasantly surprised by them.

"As a black comic book fan and as a father of black children, it's really important that people see themselves reflected in a media they like. I remember growing up and looking at the Cosby Show for the first time and getting to look at people who were like me and doing things like I did, people who were my age going to college and studying for exams.

"I think for a long time, a black kid picking up a comic book never got the chance to see himself, so I think that characters like Static are incredibly important."

Series artist Scott McDaniel will continue to work with Bernardin on Static Shock.

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