DC Comics will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jim Lee’s WildStorm in August with the release of an oversized hardcover collection titled “Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years.” The announcement was made this afternoon at WonderCon Anaheim during the WildStorm 25th Anniversary panel.
“The title features some new stories, for instance Brandon Choi and Jim Lee are going to revisit their classic creation ‘WildC.A.T.S.,’” former WildStorm editor Ben Abernathy revealed at the panel. “Jeff Scott Campbell’s going to join us briefly for a new Gen 13 story. Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch will have a new Authority story. Brett Booth is going to revisit Backlash. It’s going to be a really great lineup.” Artist Dustin Nguyen will also contribute a Wildcats 3.0 story.
Lee said the original idea was just to use material “from the vault,” but quickly creators wanted to get involved with new material. He said he was surprised by the “enthusiasm and passion” creators had for the WildStorm characters and concepts. “It actually has a fair amount of new stuff in it,” he said of the book.
“If you’re a fan, this is a book you’ll want to pick up,” Abernathy said. “It’s 200 pages of WildStorm excellence.”
The collection will also include new pinups of classic WildStorm characters from artists John Cassaday, Tim Sale, Fiona Staples, Adam Hughes, Carlos D’Anda, Lee Bermejo, and Ryan Benjamin, along with behind the scenes material and reprints of the studios’ greatest stories.
“Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 years” is available in August.