The GeeksverseThe Storm Has Ended

The Storm Has Ended
Published on Monday, October 25, 2010 by

I’m saddened by the news of Wildstorm folding after twenty years. Why? I’m not quite sure. I haven’t really read a Wildstorm book on a regular basis in I don’t know how long…

Which kind of tells us what we need to know about the latest offerings, considering I would have read anything that Jim Lee published back in the day.

This was inevitable. DC has mishandled the universe ever since Lee sold Wildstorm to DC. The problem, I think, was that Wildstorm was set up as it’s own publisher. It had it’s own main line, it’s own edgier imprints, it’s own video game line and so on.

DC didn’t just pick up a single line, it picked up another publisher.

And they didn’t know what to do with it all.

Why do you need another edgier book type of imprint when have Vertigo?

Be that as it may, I will miss Wildstorm. There was so much about the properties that I loved.

Alan Moore and Travis Charests run on WildCATs. Charest’s stuff was amazing.

The incredible WildCATS crossovers: WildCATS/X-Men and WildCATS/Aliens

Planetary and Global Frequancy by Warren Ellis. It was at Wildstorm that John Cassaday became famous, with his work on Desperadoes and Planetary.

Warren Ellis and Tom Raney’s (later with Oscar Jimenez) run on Stormwatch which then led to the creation of the Authority. And we all know what that meant.

Richard Bennett’s Brass. Team 7 by Chuck Dixon and Aron Weisenfeld.

Gen 13.

Pete Woods started at Wildstorm. Brett Booth and J. Scott Campbell.

IDW Publishing was created from a bunch of people that came up and learned the ropes at Wildstorm.

Stormwatch: Team Achilles was one of the best books ever.

Alan Moore’s ABC line. Gene Ha on Top Ten and Chris Sprouse on Tom Strong.

Kurt Busiek’s Astro City and Arrowsmith. James Robinson and Paul Smith’s Leave It to Chance.

So many good and great books.

Wildstorm leaves a good legacy of material.

Here’s hoping when the characters make their return, they are handled well.

I suppose this means that my slim hope for a Dr. Shock resurrection will have to end as well.

Thanks for twenty years.

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