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
. 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
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
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: