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Is Wildcats Done for Good at DC?

March 4, 2020 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Welcome back! I’m Steve Gustafson and if you enjoy discussing anything comic book related, you’ve come to the right place. Each week we cover something in the industry and I always enjoy your input in the comment section below.

Before we jump into things I wanted to give the great Mark McKenna’s Kickstarter some shine. While it doesn’t go live till March 1st, find him on social media and stay tuned for his Banana Tails project. As he says…

I created Banana Tail back in the late 1990s with my dear old departed dad and he’s never gotten to see that his son, me, developed his idea into a beloved children’s book series for those familiar with it. I started out submitting Banana Tail to staples in the children’s book market like Little Golden Books, Little, Brown, and Simon & Schuster and got very close to getting a contract with a few of them. It was eye-opening to say the least, but these “near misses” helped me realize I had something worthy.

If you click the link below there’s a 10 page preview of Banana Tail and the Checkerboard Jungle for you to sink your teeth into. You’ll be able to tell if this is a book for you.. or some child you know might enjoy it!~ Once again.. Thanks for looking!~
It’s a great book! Check it out!  

Previously on…

Last week we asked What’s Next for DC Comics? . Here’s what some of you had to say:

Wheeljack84: “My hope is the end of New 52 and Rebirth and return to pre-Flashpoint.”

Mike Riley: “I heard a rumor that if this Generation 5 project fails, AT&T is planning on shutting down DCs comics line altogether. I don’t see how that’s a good idea since I doubt writing & publishing comics are a fraction of what is spent on other media platforms. Also as a father of a 3 year old boy, I really dont want him to grow up unfamiliar with where alot of these icons originated from.”

The Stinger: “I like Grant Morrison’s take, make everything count. I heard this somewhere else, have multiple timelines at once. The bat baby, perhaps Helena Wayne from the annual, can have an ongoing title at the same time as Luke Fox as Batman in the future and Bruce Wayne. Then everyone wins right?”

deevo: “I can think of nothing more suicidal business wise in comics than to toss out the biggest fan favourite characters ( including those who will feature in BIG movies) and replace them. 5G was tried before. It was called “All- new All different Marvel” and the vast majority of these changes did NOT stick or work.I certainly hope DC .modifies or course corrects on this now that Didio is out. Stop stunting and FIND EXCITING TALENT. JUST TELL GOOD STORIES!!!”

duh: “One of the reasons i don’t follow DC comics as much is the way they have treated legacy characters since about 2005. When I got into comics in the 90s, Kyle Rayner was my Green Lantern, Wally West was my Flash, Connor Hawke was my Green Arrow. These characters were accepted by fans in their roles (Wally and Kyle more so than Connor, I admit) and these characters added diversity to the line (Connor is Asian and Kyle is partially Hispanic though that’s rarely reference anymore) which I keep being told is important for modern comics. But then in mid 2000s they started bringing back Hal and Barry and Oliver because that’s who the creators grew up loving and these characters felt out of place. So even if Didio stayed in place do I think this reboot would last long? No I do not. And that doesn’t even include the fact that there are legacy characters who make more sense to take over as Batman (any of the Robins) or Flash than who they’re picking”

Al Lobama: “This was definitely an interesting weekend to go to the comic shops. Most of the people I’ve talked to are already planning on dropping DC books from their pull list once Generation Five starts, and a couple of shop owners are already starting to panic. And can you blame them? DC Comics make up at least a one-third of their total sales, and most stores are struggling to get by as it is. If DC ceases to be, that could start a domino effect where we see more and more comic shops close down, and since the majority of comics get sold in those shops this all could lead to the collapse of the comic book industry as we know it. Nobody wants to see that happen, obviously, but as Tony Stark once said in The Illuminati, “I’m a futurist.” ; )

And even if Marvel wanted to buy DC, it’d be a violation of current antitrust law and there’s no way the sale would be allowed to go through. If anything, AT&T would probably just sell or lease the publishing rights to the characters to a smaller company like Dark Horse or IDW if it came to that.

On a side note, it’s interesting to hear Joe Quesada be the bigger man with his comments about Dan Didio. I had always heard that the reason Marvel and DC stopped doing inter-company crossovers is because Didio refused to have anything to do with Marvel as long as they employed Quesada.”

Thank you to everyone who commented! Too many comments and replies to list so you should check them out and join in the fun! This week we discuss…

Is Wildcats Done For Good at DC?

When Wildcats came out in 1992, going by WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams, it was a book with great art, cool characters, and lots of potential. While it had some solid stories, I never thought it reached its full potential for an extended period of time. Still, it was popular over many of its…five…volumes. 

While Jim Lee is off trying to save the DC comic book universe, I’ve been anticipating Warren Ellis’ and Ramon Villalobos’ version. Turns out I’ll be waiting a bit longer. The Wildcats series has been canceled according to Ellis but there is some confusion on why. In a blog post that covered his announced comic projects, Ellis claims Villalobos “didn’t want to draw it after all” and they weren’t able to find a suitable replacement for the series. 

The story takes a semi-interesting turn when Villalobos responded to Ellis’ version. “Let me say that at the time I was told this project was not canceled,” Villalobos tweeted. “I was late, I acknowledged that here. I was depressed and trying to put everything into it to make it as good as I can. Trust me I paid a price for that.” “To say I didn’t want to draw it is definitely not what I relayed to my editors, Warren, or anyone else,” Villalobos continued. “What I got to do on it was some of the proudest work ive ever done. It just took far too long. I’m still unsure the status tho this gives me some clarity, i suppose.”

If we go back to August 2019, Ellis had “hope that it will be resolicited at a later date,” and that he turned two scripts, “chunks of other parts,” “and a full and lengthy treatment for six issues…” It wasn’t the most comforting of statements but atleast the project was at some point of moving forward. 

SOLE DC Chief Creative Officer/Publisher and Wildcats co-creator, Mr. Jim Lee, tweeted around the same time, “Once we work out the kinks in the schedules w/the artists, we will launch anew!”

It looks like Wildstorm is kaput and that’s too bad since it had some books that could thrive in today’s market with the right creative teams. WildC.A.T.S, Stormwatch, Gen¹³, Wetworks, The Authority, Deathblow…we can only guess at what might have been. 
Were you looking forward to the  Wildcats series? 

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!  

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