Tuesday November 21st 2017

The End of WildStorm: A Death in the Comics Revolution

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In a recent press release issued by DC comics this week on September 22, 2010 they have revealed that the WildStorm Comics Imprint, as founded by Jim Lee, will be officially shutting its doors in December of this year.

Purchased by DC Comics in 1999, the imprint was beleaguered by a series of relaunches, the wavering identities of its characters, and profit losses from its place in the economy which redefined the comic buyer’s marketplace.

Established in the 1990’s under the stewardship of Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefield among others, WildStorm was largely credited for what would be called the Iron Age of comics. A more grim and gritty depiction of superheroic characters facing situations that were no longer black and white in their moral compass but had hints of gray.

Wildstorm itself was divided into Image Comics, Homage Comics, Top Cow Comics, Cliffhanger Comics to name a few of the subsidiary imprints. The titles launched were notably WildC.A.T.S, Stormwatch, Backlash, The Maxx, DeathBlow, Cyberforce, Wetworks, Gen-13, DV8, Savage Dragon, The Authority, Midnighter, and Planetary. Of course famous titles such as Todd Mcfarlane’s Spawn was launched from here as well as Kurt Busiek’s Astro City.

It also was responsible for launching creator owned and licensed property, books such as Ex- Machina by Brian Vaughan, games such as World of WarCraft, StarCraft, and films such as A Nightmare On Elm Street, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre among other titles of note.

DC comics has promised its readership that WildStorm issues would continue until each had their own final issues released. After that the characters will be placed on hiatus but DC has mentioned plans to reintroduce the characters under the DC banner. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime check out this selections from their library before they are gone for good. Great stuff. You really can’t choose a bad one.

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One Comment for “The End of WildStorm: A Death in the Comics Revolution”

  • Kerellane says:

    I love these comics. Thanks for writing about it. I can’t understand why these are not as popular as Spiderman, X-Men, etc. These stories are really good.

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