Issue 1 - From May of 1993. Dwayne McDuffie (RIP) - writer. M.D. Bright - penciler. Mike Gustovich - inker. Steve Dutro - letterer. Rachelle Menashe, James Sherman and Noelle Giddings - Colorists. An interstellar alien starliner is vacationing in our solar system in 1839. Onboard is a Terminian named Arnus whose life is about to take a drastic turn as his ship is sabotaged and he has to take an escape pod to Earth. His pod then crash lands in the Deep South, United States, and as a defense mechanism this pod allows him take on the form of the first human being to touch this craft - which at this time is a slave woman named Myriam. The Terminian formerly named Arnus then takes on the human form - down to the DNA - of this woman and becomes a Black human male baby - but in the process of this transformation gains amazing powers that he won't realize until later on in his teens. This issue then fast-forwards to current day (1993) Augustus Freeman IV - successful and wealthy lawyer with his own law firm. His life has been low-key - much to his own design - until in this fateful issue he encounters a young, smart and idealistic teenager Raquel Ervin while she and her friends decided to rob his home. His home is notably loaded with nice items and they attempt to rob him. Her boyfriend, Noble, focuses on a large television as his loot of choice while Raquel sets her eyes on a computer. Little do they know that the owner is about to surprise them. Her boyfriend Noble mistakes Augustus for the butler and shoots him in his chest at point blank range. This has no effect. Mr. Freeman proceeds to rid his house of the robbers he uses his power of flight for the first time in many years and gives the youth a lecture and an experience they will not soon forget. Raquel Ervin's encounter with this mysterious man has left quite the impression on her - so much so that she decides to visit his home the next day and persuades him take up the mantle of Icon as she asks him to do more to help his community and be an example. After giving her lecture to him much thought he decides to meet up with Raquel later on and she's designed them suits. After she quotes W.E.B. DuBois they both begin their journey as Icon and Rocket. They then proceed to downtown Dakota - where they surprise the local police on scene of a disturbance. Raquel jumps to conclusions, Freeman makes assumptions and the story takes an interesting turn.