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Precinct1313 Recommends: WildStorm – A Celebration Of 25 Years

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Yes indeed, it really has been a quarter of a century since illustrious illustrator Jim Lee first introduced us to the celebrated cast of comic-book characters from the weird and wonderful WildStorm universe.

WildStorm Productions started life as an independent company established by the aforementioned Jim Lee alongside Brandon Choi. It was first established in 1993 as a sub imprint of the popular Image Comics brand, another indie comic company that boasted amongst its ranks some of comicdom’s most influential and talented individuals, including Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri and Erik Larsen, together these industrious individuals presented to their fevered fans classic characters such as Spawn, Savage Dragon and Wildcats amongst many, many others.

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Uber Talented And Mega Popular Artist – Adam Hughes’ Fantastic Interpretation Of A Few Of WildStorm’s Popular And Powerful Female Characters.

WildStorm expanded over the years creating new sub-imprints like Homage Comics in 1995 (which delivered unto us comic reading mortals absolute classics like Kurt Busiek’s Astro City) and dipping its creative toe into animated movies and television series, plus a card game based upon Lee’s very own Wildcats characters which used a similar template to that of Magic: The Gathering.

Unfortunately though during the early and mid nineties comic-books fell into a major slump period, a serious decline in sales which began to affect most smaller publishers, including WildStorm, due to this progressive downturn Jim Lee started to look around for a buyer for the company and its characters, which ultimately resulted in its 1998 acquisition by DC Comics. Initially the two comic-book universe were kept as separate entities, until 2010 when DC announced that the WildStorm imprint was to be shut down, with WildCats #30 (Vol 5) being the last published title, though they did proclaim that many of its beloved characters would be saved to reappear at some point in the future.

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Midnighter – One Of WildStorm’s More Popular Characters Is Best Described As Batman On A Very… Very Bad Day!

And return they did, a very short while later when DC merged the characters into its mainstream universe during their New 52 relaunch in 2011. Introducing comic persona such as Midnighter, Voodoo and Stormwatch into the established DC universe was a revolutionary and exciting prospect adding a new zest and enthusiasm to both sets of characters who gelled together surprisingly well (Midnighter and Nightwing come to mind, a titanic team up that was wildly adored by fans of both characters.)

In February of 2017 DC announced that the Wildstorm imprint would once again be resurrected as its very own entity after 25 years since its first introduction, and a hardcover collection would be released to mark its quarter century celebrations. 

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Containing brand new stories by the original creators this is a fantastic buy for established fans and newcomers to the WS fold, with returning fan fave stories such as Wildcats, Gen13, and the Authority under the guidance of notable creators – Jim Lee, Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch. The 300 page epic hardcover also contains an extensive art gallery with brand new pieces by incredible illustrative illuminaries such as Adam Hughes (reason enough alone to buy the book!) Fiona Staples, Lee Bermejo and Tim Sale.

To round the title out you also get behind the scenes material and reprints of some of WildStorm’s most popular stories, adding up overall to a priceless package of perfection… a must buy.

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Comic Cover Of The Week: Midnighter #5

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Copyright: DC Comics

Welcome, my comic collecting cohorts to another instalment of “Comic Cover Of The Week,” and this weeks spotlight of excellence falls upon “Midnighter #5.”  Another excellent entry in Steve Orlando‘s take on the ex-Authority advocate Midnighter, this series has really been a stand out success for DC since it began in June, at least as far as, great writing, engaging characters and larger than life situations are concerned.

For the uninitiated, Midnighter began life as a member of the rogue superhero team The Authority, created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch and published by the (back then) independent Wildstorm Comics imprint. Making his debut in Stormwatch (vol 2) #4 in February of 1998, Midnighter was one of the very first comic characters to be openly gay (just a few years behind Marvel’s Northstar) and during his Wildstorm Comics’ saga was married to fellow Authority member Apollo

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“Call me Batman again, I dare ya!”

Often interpreted as a parallel to Batman in both look and approach, what sets the characters apart are Midnighter’s inherent superhuman abilities and propensity for killing his enemies, creator Warren Ellis described the character more as “The Shadow, by way of John Woo,” and this sums up Midnighter perfectly. Wildstorm Comics was acquired by DC Comics in 1999 and continued to function as a separate entity, until 2010 when it was shut down and the characters were absorbed into DC‘s own universe during their major relaunch in 2011. DC‘s “New 52″ rebooted the continuity of all their characters and consequently introduced Midnighter and his fellow Wildstorm crew into the DC Universe timeline.

Midnighter #5 is available at your local comic book emporium right now. Written by: Steve Orlando. Cover art by: Aco. Interior art by: Stephen Mooney.