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Well they’ve been teasing the return of Wildstorm for a while, and Comicbook.com just made it official: the long running imprint is coming back with Warren Ellis as the “curator” of a rebooted Wildstorm Universe. The line will debut in February with Ellis writing the lead book, The Wild Storm, which will have art by Jon Davis-Hunt (Clean Room). Future titles will feature Michael Cray, WildC.A.T.S. and Zealot.

“After long reflection, I couldn’t turn down the invitation to renovate the house that Jim Lee built, and refit its unique combination of cosmic paranoia and paramilitary conspiracy for the post-political space madness of the twenty-teens,” said Ellis. “Looking back to look forward.”
THE WILD STORM will serve as a launching pad for several future series: Michael Cray, WildC.A.T.S. and Zealot. No creative team announcements have yet been made for those books.

WildStorm debuted as one of the original  Image Comics studios, under the ownership of JIm Lee where characters such as WildC.A.T.S. and Gen13 made a splash in the spandexed 90s. It was acquired by DC in 1998, and Ellis introduced a whole new world of dark superheroes, including Stormwatch and, most influentially, The Authority, a book that had an impact on comics that lasts to this day.

Ellis’s gay superhero couple Apollo and Midnighter have ther own book in the current Rebirth DC universe. Characters such as Grifter,  Voodoo and Jenny Sparks have drifted in and out of the DCU since then varying degrees of success.

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However, as with the Gerard Way led “Young Animal” imprint, the time seems to be ripe for new imprints and viewpoints – and don’t count out 90s nostalgia! Ellis has been spotting new talent for nearly two decades and I’m sure the revised WildStorm will include a bunch of current and future fan favorite creators.

All the deets on the new imprint will be revealed on the “Meet the Publishers” panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 8 from 4pm-5pm .

AND here’s more art and the official PR:

 

DC announced today that New York Times best-selling writer Warren Ellis (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, RED, THE AUTHORITY) will be the curator of a new pop-up imprint, known simply as “WildStorm.”

Following the success of DC’s Young Animal, this new imprint will debut mid-February 2017 with a regular monthly comic titled THE WILD STORM, written by Ellis with art by Jon Davis-Hunt (Vertigo’s CLEAN ROOM). This ongoing series will reset the known WildStorm universe and introduce new iterations of WildStorm characters such as Grifter, Voodoo, The Engineer, Jenny Sparks and others.

“After long reflection, I couldn’t turn down the invitation to renovate the house that Jim Lee built, and refit its unique combination of cosmic paranoia and paramilitary conspiracy for the post-political space madness of the twenty-teens,” said Ellis. “Looking back to look forward.”

THE WILD STORM will serve as a launching pad for several future series: MICHAEL CRAY, WILDC.A.T.S. and ZEALOT.

“There are precious few visionaries in our business and fewer still like Warren who can elevate mythos with both stylistic panache and idiosyncratic spectacle. His work at WildStorm remains the tone which best defines and reflects the WildStorm Universe,” said DC Publisher Jim Lee. “I know I speak for WildStorm fans the world over when I say I can’t wait to see what Warren and Jon have in store for fans in February!”

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. Oh boy! Rebooted Nineties super heroes. Just what the comic market needs right now. I’m sure all of the new breed of modern comic fans just can’t wait to travel back to the spandex covered past. Yawn……

    The old guard plods on, trapped in the past.

    “Better headline: Warren Ellis to run Wildstorm for a few months until he gets bored and wanders off.”
    You are so spot-on Cory!! Strode

  2. Why is Warner Brothers dusting off so many IPs? Movie fodder?
    For characters that first appeared on a publisher that was lauded for creator ownership.

  3. My worry is Jon Davis-Hunt being on this. Does this mean Clean Room is ending?

    And where’s the love, DC, for Vertigo? It’s WildStorm this, Young Animal that these days.

  4. "Temos que fazer com que os adversários nem sequer acreditem que seja possível algo poiu&svotqiot; — hoje não consigo deixar de pensar nesta grande frase de Nuno Dias ao rever as defesas do RPatrício. Grande, Enorme

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