An imprint of DC Comics which used to be an independent company. Wildstorm Productions was originally a company founded by Jim Lee that was one of the original founders of Image Comics, and Wildstorm's comics were part of the Image shared universe. It was named from a blend of the titles of its two flagship team books, WildCATs and Stormwatch. However, when Jim Lee parted ways with Image, the Shattered Image Crisis Crossover was used as a Cosmic Retcon to separate Wildstorm's Image titles into a shared universe all their own. Later, in 1999, DC Comics formally bought Wildstorm during the aftershocks of The Great Comics Crash of 1996.This led to a golden age for Wildstorm as several of its most iconic titles were launched during this period.A sub-imprint of Wildstorm was Americas Best Comics, created as a one-man imprint for Alan Moore's return to superhero comics.Eventually, after a few Intercontinuity Crossovers with the DC Universe, 52 formally assimilated the Wildstorm Universe as DC's Earth-50.In 2010, DC retired the Wildstorm imprint due to changes in the market. But that might have been no more than a head-fake, because the next year they integrated Wildstorm into a rebooted DC universe, complete with a revived Stormwatch ongoing.Within two years of the DC reboot, most of the Wildstorm-based titles in the New 52 had been discontinued, dismissing the characters into obscurity.
Notable comics published by Wildstorm include:
Comics featuring Wildstorm characters in DC's New 52: