This is unexpected, and unbelievably sad. Comic Book Resources has reported that Dwayne McDuffie has passed away.
Dwayne McDuffie is one of the most important people in the history of comic books, and is known for his works that push against the stereotypical depictions of race. But he's also done some other things, including DAMAGE CONTROL, a series about what happens after a big superhero/supervillain fight and how the government cleans up the mess.
In 1992, McDuffie launched Milestone Comics, a company that focused on superheroes and villains of different races.
One of those superheroes was Virgil Hawkins, also known as STATIC.
When Milestone went defunct later, Static lived on in television screens all around the world as STATIC SHOCK.
McDuffie also did a lot of work on the JUSTICE LEAGUE/JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED animated series, including writing the three-part STARCROSSED, which I always thought was just a beautiful series of episodes.
In McDuffie's work on the show, you can see a clear push for John Stewart, the African-American Green Lantern.
Most recently, McDuffie wrote the animated adaptation of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's ALL-STAR SUPERMAN.
He died the day after it premiered due to surgical complications the night before, and had just celebrated his 39th birthday 2 days earlier.
39 is too young.
Rest in peace, Dwayne McDuffie.