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Ask Chris #328: The WildStorm Blues

Ask Chris #328, background art by Jim Lee
Ask Chris #328, background art by Jim Lee

Q: Why aren't the Wildstorm characters a comfortable fit in the modern, edgier DC Universe? — @jdkrach

A: With Warren Ellis and Jon Davis Hunt reviving it in the pages of The Wild Storm --- and with characters like Midnighter and Apollo experiencing some of their best stories ever in the core DC Universe right now --- it seems like the WildStorm characters have been on everyone's mind lately. And Real talk? I kinda love the WildStorm Universe.

It's a universe built on an interesting twist on what it means to be a superhero, shaped by creators like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Ed Brubaker, and Adam Warren, a roster of world-builders that somehow came together beautifully to make it all work. But the flipside to that is that a lot of what I love about it comes from the nature of the universe itself, and when you remove them from that kind of thematic setting, it makes it a lot harder for them to fit anywhere else.

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Big Hearted, Black Hearted: Celebrating Warren Ellis

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Tim Bradstreet / Vertigo

On February 16, 1968 in Essex, England, Warren Ellis materialized fully-formed, flicked a lit cigarette at the world, and went off to write brilliant comics, essays and stories that read like compressed and condensed versions of the man himself, full of all the prescience, bile, and heart that flows out of this creative giant.

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On The Cheap: Get Warren Ellis’s Run On ‘Stormwatch’ For $12 Total

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This week's debut of The Wild Storm is pretty interesting for a lot of reasons, but chief among them is the return of Warren Ellis to the superhero universe that he helped to shape into the setting of some of the most compelling superhero stories of the past 20 years. Well, kind of a return, I suppose, but while the new series is a reboot from the ground up, there's definitely a history there. And with that history, as ever, comes a sale on Comixology.

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Yearender: Looking Ahead To The Most Exciting New Comics Coming In 2017

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It’s the end of the year! We’ve made it through 2016, a year of departures, returns, arrivals, civil wars, and young animals. Valiant was building up Faith, Top Shelf completed its March, and Mike Mignola wrapped up Hellboy’s grand journey. Mildred Louis sent the Agents of the Realm off on further adventures, Wonder Woman celebrated her 75th anniversary, and Bleach reached its final chapter. It’s been another staggering year for comics everywhere.

So where does that leave us for 2017? As we hit the end of the year, so we reach the ComicsAlliance Yearender once more. Read on; there are so, so many great comics waiting for us all next year!

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The Multi-Faceted Icon: Celebrating the Artistry and Influence of Jim Lee!

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Jim Lee is a businessman, a superstar artist, the talent behind the best-selling single issue of all time, the figurehead of the indie revolution, and the co-publisher of the oldest established comics company.

Lee went from struggling artist to industry-topping fan-favorite, he co-founded Image Comics, and he helmed many of Marvel and DC's highest-profile projects. His hyper-detailed, fine-line technique has inspired legions of imitators, and influenced generations of creators, making him one of comics' best-known and most recognizable creators. And today is his birthday.

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Hire This Woman: Letterer Saida Temofonte

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In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”

Letterer Saida Temofonte has been working in comics for almost 20 years for a variety of companies including Wildstorm, DC Comics, and Marvel. She is currently lettering many projects from DC's digital division, including the much-beloved Lil Gotham series. She is also a storyboard artist for film.

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The Final Chapter of ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century’ Set for June [Preview]

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You knew the end of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century was coming, and as its publication date draws closer we can finally get a pretty good look at the shape it will take. Top Shelf Productions has released the cover, a five-page preview and some info regarding League of Extraordinary Gentleman: Century #3, the concluding chapter of the third volume of writer Alan Moore and artist Kevin O'Neill's popular series...

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DC Comics Launches Online Digital Comics Store Powered by comiXology

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Back in June DC Comics took its first step toward a more digital future by releasing a signature digital comics sales app via comiXology on mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone. Today, as reported by DC's The Source, the publisher is taking its branding even further with a DC Comics online storefront powered by comiXology that further emphasizes DC's digital convergence at home and on the go...

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‘Icons: The DC Comics and Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee’ Builds the Artist’s Process From the Ground Up [Preview]

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Jim Lee's come a long way over the course of his comic book career. In just two decades he's progressed from illustrating Marvel's Alpha Flight to founding Wildstorm and, most recently, becoming the Co-Publisher of DC Comics itself...

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DC Digital: More Day & Date Comics, Android App to Come [NYCC]

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Led by new Senior Vice President of Digital Comics, Hank Kanalz, DC Comics' final panel of New York Comic Con 2010 spotlighted the publisher's various initiatives in the emerging digital comics market, including an upcoming DC Android application and some teases about more simultaneous digital and print releases...

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