Today is the last day for WildStorm; Jim Lee’s comic company/imprint that began at Image Comics in 1992 and eventually found a home at DC Comics from 1999, where Lee is now Co-Publisher.
The announcement of it’s closure came back in September 2010. As of the 31st December 2010, WildStorm will exist no more. But to be honest – it had been dead to me for quite a while.
I was going to do a quick run-down of the best of WildStorm, finishing with the review of Planetary up later today. And then mid December Tom Spurgeon goes and does his own brilliant piece on WildStorm, and our tastes and thoughts dovetail so well that there’s no point doing much more than linking to Tom’s piece and saying how good it is and how spot on his choices are.
I will agree with Tom, that the good times have long gone at WildStorm. Maybe in time, the existing WildStorm characters will find a home alongside Superman and Batman in the DC Universe. But I think that the very best of WildStorm came from a unique series of creator driven comics that made the very best out of their characters, and very few of them exist in the WildStorm Universe.
So just like Tom points out; the highlights from WildStorm finished early in the 2000s, with the possible exception of Brubaker and Phillips’ Sleeper, and Ellis’ curtailed Desolation Jones – perhaps the last things I picked up from the imprint and enjoyed.
(And yes, I realise that Planetary, one of my favourite comics of all time and definitely my favourite WildStorm title, finished in 2009 – but let’s face it – it should have finished a long, long time prior.)
So farewell WildStorm, and thanks so much for the memories.
Thanks for Astro City, Leave It To Chance, The Authority (but only the Warren Ellis written ones), Stormwatch (again, just Ellis), Global Frequency, bits of the Alan Moore ABC line (Promethea, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Top 10). And as for Jim Lee, a personal thanks to him for that beautiful colour dream sequence he drew in the WildStorm/Homage version of Terry Moore’s Strangers In Paradise.
But most of all, thank you for Planetary. That one gets a goodbye of it’s own here.