Yesterday DC Comics
made a long expected announcement that they will be moving part of their offices to Burbank, California, to be closer to the movie studio that is looking forward to exploiting their characters for box office proceeds. As a part of that announcement, they also mentioned that they will be shutting down WildStorm
, one of their relatively independent imprints. And so begins the speculation of what, exactly, will happen to the WildStorm Universe, a specific superhero setting with its own rules and concepts, much as the DC and Marvel
I can pretty much guarantee that if you don't read comics, you won't recognize many of the titles that I'm going to mention below (although you might use it as a recommended reading list). If you do read comics, you'll notice me mentioning quite a few examples of the most interesting out-of-the-box superhero stories of the last 20 years. They're all Wildstorm titles, and they're all being indefinitely
boxed up at the end of this December so that they can maybe be incorporated into the DC Universe.
But before I get into what Wildstorm titles will be affected by the editorial apocalypse, a brief history lesson is in order, for irony's sake if nothing else.