A major reunion and announcement at WonderCon for fans of the Wildstorm Universe.
At the DC Comics WildStorm 25th Anniversary Panel, DC Publisher and artist Jim Lee, was joined by other superstar artists and writers to honor the line’s legacy, revealed details of an anniversary book and shared the future of the WildStorm universe.
Lee moderated the panel including Wildstorm veterans Ryan Benjamin, Carlos D’Anda, Richard Friend, Mark Irwin, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair and Scott Williams. The creators shared memories of building a universe, turning a passion project into a line of comic books.
Jim Lee made history launched Wildstorm Universe of characters starting with W.I.L.D. Cats. It was the line that launched the careers of several top artists who came back for the big reunion and the massive new book celebrating the legacy and future.
“‘It’s hard to believe 25 years have gone by so fast’—says everyone who has ever stuck with anything for 25 years” said Lee on DC Comics. “Our hope is to celebrate the future of the WildStorm characters, sharing the origins of its past and also giving fans a chance to watch some of the WildStorm talent do some live drawing to showcase what made WildStorm Studios so unique.”
WILDSTORM: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS is an oversized hardcover collection coming this August. The book will include new stories from some of comics’ legendary creative teams, including a WILDCATS story from Jim Lee and Brandon Choi, a GEN13 tale from J. Scott Campbell, THE AUTHORITY story from Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, and a BACKLASH short from Brett Booth; brand-new pinups of classic characters from John Cassaday, Tim Sale, Fiona Staples, Adam Hughes, Carlos D’Anda, Lee Bermejo and Ryan Benjamin; behind-the-scenes material; and reprints of WildStorm’s greatest stories.
DC has ushered in the next generation of WildStorm storytelling with a new pop-up imprint, curated by Warren Ellis, with the fan-favorite characters in reimagined stories in THE WILD STORM #1 and #2 by Ellis with art by Jon Davis-Hunt. This flagship series of the imprint will launch future series, including MICHAEL CRAY, later this year, with more to follow.