Huge WildStorm 25th Anniversary UPDATED News, The Wild Storm #3 Preview & Variant Covers Meanderings + New Instagram video


What are Meanderings

In-depth analysis/thoughts, questions, and speculation.

There’s a lot going on in this post… click and jump to where you want…

WildStorm 25th Anniversary BIG News! UPDATED

The Wild Storm #3 Variant Covers

The Wild Storm #3 Preview

Meanderings of Jenny’s board! UPDATED

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New Instagram Video

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WildStorm 25th Anniversary Hardcover with NEW Material by original creators Announced at WonderCon

Courtesy of ComicBookResources’ coverage of the WonderCon panel: WildStorm 25th Anniversary Panel

Abernathy broke some news at the panel, that DC will publish a WildStorm 25th anniversary hardcover collection, including work from creators such as Fiona Staples, Sean Phillips and Lee Bermejo.

“The title features some new stories, for instance Brandon Choi and Jim Lee are going to revisit their classic creation WildC.A.T.S.,” Abernathy said. “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.” Nguyen will 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. Lee 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,” Lee 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.”

“[John] Cassaday is doing a ‘Planetary’ piece in the book,” Abernathy said, but there are no plans for a new series.

MY MEANDERINGS

The first I heard of this was from my Facebook WildStorm Universe group, and I had thought they were individual projects by original creators in the original universe and I was just freaking out!  I’ve since read this article ha ha.  STILL AMAZING!  Can’t wait.  Perfect for an old-school WSU fan.  200 pages!?!?  OMG, awesome.  So very pleased that they treat WildStorm with such reverence.

I hope they get some new work by Morrison in there too, like his original plans for WildC.A.T.s v5.

Click on the link above to read the whole report on the panel.  At one point, Jim Lee say “for now” the WildStorm Universe will be separate from the DCU.  I think that distinction is important as he could’ve said that “it IS” separate, but he chose to say “for now.”  That means in the future they could be integrated more, outside of some WSU concepts running around in the DCU, like Midnighter and Apollo currently.

UPDATES
Bleeding Cool News Had a great update of the book’s Content

Content reported by Bleeding Cool linked here included news that Jim Lee will now be doing a 3-page Deathblow story possibly instead of WildC.A.T.s!  WHAT!?!?!  Why?!?!?  Doesn’t make too much sense to me.  He better still be doing WildC.A.T.s!!  

Also, there will be original story and art including J. Scott Campbell for Gen 13, Backlash by Brett Booth, Wildcats 2.0 story by Christos Gage with art by Dustin Nguyen and Richard Friend and more. including lots of new

There will also be lots of new pin-ups and previously unpublished art!

There’s also unedited issues of Authority 13 and 14, and outline and character notes by Grant Morrison for his Wildcats: Worldstorm!!

Look for its AUGUST 23, 2017!!!
Again click on the Bleeding Cool link to see all the details!

Official Solicitation and Preview Art from Newsarama

(the preview art isn’t posted here, click on Preview Art)

WILDSTORM: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS HC
Written by BRANDON CHOI, J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, WARREN ELLIS, CHRISTOS GAGE and others
Art by JIM LEE, SCOTT WILLIAMS, J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, BRYAN HITCH, PAUL NEARY, DUSTIN NGUYEN, BRETT BOOTH and others
Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
In 1992 Jim Lee changed the course of comics history with the founding of WildStorm Productions, which would revolutionize the business and launch the careers of so many top creators. Now, the WS crew is back to celebrate 25 years of WildStorm with new short stories of the imprint’s greatest heroes by their classic creative teams, including WildC.A.T.s by Brandon Choi and Jim Lee; the Authority by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch; Gen13 by J. Scott Campbell; WildCats by Christos Gage and Dustin Nguyen; Backlash by Brett Booth, and more!
This new hardcover also includes a massive pinup gallery featuring new art by WS alumni including John Cassaday, Tim Sale, Adam Hughes, Carlos D’Anda, Adam Warren, Tony Harris, Lee Bermejo, Ryan Benjamin, Neil Googe, Fiona Staples, Cully Hamner and more, plus behind-the-scenes material that will blow your mind, and epic reprints of some of WildStorm’s greatest stories! This new hardcover is a must-have for old fans and new readers alike!
On sale AUGUST 23 • 240 pg, FC, $29.99 US

BleedingCool also provides some more coverage, including images!!

Here it’s reported that the hardcover is set to release in August 2017!  Here’s an initial list of contributors, properties, and some images.

Definitely click on the link above more MORE images than I’m showing here!

Sean Phillips – Sleeper

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Hope Brubaker is involved!

Lee Bermejo – Deathblow

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Fiona Staples – Hawksmoor

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Tom Raney – Stormwatch

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AWESOME!  Love it!  YES!  Rose Tatoo!  Looks like members of the Authority are there too.  Where are the originals, Sunburst, Nautica, Canon, Flashpoint, Batallion (that’s his brother up there? or did he die?, can’t remember), Diva,… etc… (I know Diva died,.. ) …

Jim Lee, Brandon Choi, Richard Friend – Wildcats

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This isn’t really the Wildcats,.. so this just might be a promo image for the project.  Hopefully not the cover …

Someone had commented that the sizes looked odd and the lighting seemed to be from all over.  I think I agree.

J. Scott Campbell – Gen 13

Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch – Authority

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This image is the image Bryan Hitch posted on his Twitter for the Absolute Authority Edition cover pencils.  Warren and Bryan’s new story is supposed to be included in this edition also.

Brett Booth – Backlash

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This isn’t an official image of his work for this book, BUT, he did recently post this on this Twitter account,.. could this be the same project?!?!

CBR also had a follow-up post with a little more info:

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.

Carlos D’Anda – Brass

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MY WISH LIST (off the top of my head)
Other properties and thier/or creators that haven’t been announced yet  ..

21 Down
Allegra
Black Ops
Danger Girl
Disavowed
Divine Right
Dv8
Intimates
Monarchy
Travis Charest
Union
Wetworks

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The Wild Storm #3 Variant Covers

Here is the variant cover by Jamie McKelvie for issue #3 from his Twitter.

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This first one is before he digitally added the frames for the final cover, shown next.

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My Meanderings

So we know this is Jenny,.. but is it Jenny Sparks or Quantum??  Looks more like Quantum, but if we’re following the old WSU, Sparks come first… hmmm.

Q: but is it Jenny Sparks or Quantum??  Looks more like Quantum, but if we’re following the old WSU, Sparks come first… hmmm.

OR, maybe it’s a reimagined Jenny that has more to do with modern social media tech and being connected and mobile?  Jenny Media?  ha ha  Jenny Link?  Jenny Tech?  Jenny Connect?  Jenny Mobile?  Jenny WiFi?  Jenny Hack?

Here is Jim Lee’s variant cover pencils for issue #3

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My Meanderings

This is obviously Void!  Looks cool, can’t wait to see it inked and colored.  I’m glad there’s more of a background in this one.  Lee’s first 2 were very barren in the background.

Q: What’s the significance of 92?

Other than the year WildC.A.T.s launch,.. I’m not sure.  Maybe that’s all?   Otherwise, if it’s significant to Void, then, in 1992, there was a missing cosmonaut that returned after being stranded in space.

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Here’s a preview of The Wild Storm #3 courtesy of Newsarama!

Click here to see the solicitation for The Wild Storm #3 and Meanderings

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Meanderings

Oh,.. looks like Ivana might actually want Miles out of the picture!  Oh,.. and how cool is Jenny, able to walk through technology/media.  It’s like Horace Pinker in Wes Craven’s Shocker.  Anyone remember that film?  LOVE IT!  Anyhow, was I right about Jenny….?
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Meanderings

Ha,.. look at that.  This guy is reading a DC Comic!!!!  Interesting!  Commander Steel.

A man killed by a bullet made by the victem’s own bones.   Wait who is the victem?  The last guy asked about Spica’s launch,…  Could this be a reference to Jack Hawksmoor who may also be reimagined, not as king of cities but king of bones or organic material?  Eh, that might be a stretch.

Oh, more references to the DC Universe or DC Comics,… “Doom Patrol” as an advertised program.
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Meanderings

Jenny… Media doing her thing.  Oh and MORE DC Comics/Universe reference!  KORD as in Ted Kord, the original Blue Beetle, is on her phone where she watches ….
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Meanderings

… where she watches a program called Martian Manhunter with this humanoid grasshopper looking alien looking at her phone.  I don’t really get it, but I guess Jenny uses media to travel from device to device so long as it’s broadcasted somewhere else, she can travel to any other device that it’s on.

Is KORD still KORD Industries or is it more like a media conglomerate?

I think in this universe, everything DC related is reimagined somehow.  Familiar names of things from DC Comics are completely different things in this universe.
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Meanderings

More DC reference.  Dr. Mid Nite cigarettes.

Q: What’s the significance of Mars Expedition 1955 written on her lighter?  Ok, I don’t know much about missions to Mars in our history, but a quick search led me to think that 1955 was when a book of fiction called Mission to Mars was published.   So is this an indication that in this Universe, works of fiction in “our” universe, is actual fact and history in the Wild Storm Universe?!?

JENNY’S BOARD!!!!

UPDATE:  The following has been updated since the book’s release.  Please click HERE to continue my Meanderings of The Wild Storm #!

We see on this page that Jenny is connecting the dots between all these mysterious clandestine organizations and other things!  Can you see anything in there?  Words, photos,..

A bunch of photos of buildings and doors, some drawings, newspaper clippings, documents, maps, and lots of handwritten notes…

Here’s a better photo,…. and my observations and Meanderings!

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HALO

Photo of huge brown double doors

Note: Hekig Manste/Monster?

Note: Over MD/MO __Sen =?

Photo of what looks like an overpass

Doctors – photo of a high-rise building and a ripped document with something circled in red with a single word note with a “?”

Human Property Schism with clipping and photo of Some symbols

An aerial photo of what looks like a winding river

Some documents

Pris Kitaen knows too much

Rogue CAT and a photo of an alleyway like the one Grifter is seen in on the cover of TWS #2

John Colt

Kenesha Savant

1982 and a photo of a warehouse-like building

1912? and a newspaper clipping

Outside New Jersey newspaper clipping

IO

Black Budgets

Photo of a doorstep of a residential in a city? but also touching Skywatch’s tree

Photo of buildings under construction

Nine Treaties – Nine Treaties on Commerce, Friendship, and Taxation?  Treaty of Waitangi – Nine Treaties (look up at Auckland Libraries online)  It’s kinda about treaties made out for native people of New Zealand to make them a British colony.  Some agreed to it and some didn’t.  Nine treaties were written total to go around to get signed.

?UBND/O? Period Landing

A document and a blueprint of some circular building, area, or object

Sumarian Expeditionary Force with a photo of some winged being holding something like a walking stick
Sumerian is the correct spelling.  By itself, it really doesn’t mean much, not without some context.  Doing a web search is kinda pointless but I could be wrong so I tried anyway, with for the words together and the only thing that came up was THIS.  The
relavance must mostly do with where you’d find them geographically.

The winged figure,.. is that Swift?  Was she or is she in the Sumerian Expeditionary Force?

Cherubim Deception and a clipping
As in Kherubim?  Um, doing a web search for this brings you to this Chinese site with scantaly clad women but might be a site for skincare products or an escort service,… err.  Since the site is in Chinese, some of the words are translated as random English which happen to have “cherubim deception.”

2007/2008 with a document with a chart and a photo of a rooftop and building in the distance

Post-Extinction Planning
Cool thought.  If you search the web, you can find some cool articles about extinction and some on “extinction
proceedures.”  Extinction proceedure is doing something, behave in a manner consistently to purposely NOT reinforce a particular response, action, or habit so as to not encourage it and hopefully get it to stop,.. or go extinct.

End Goals

Lamplighter 
Must be like a codename for someone?  It’s Midnighter’s opposite ha ha.  Instead of being able to know all the possibilities of what you could do, Lamplighter knows all the things you could have done or all the things you didn’t do?? ha ha

A map

Druga Event
Hmm, I’m not sure what language this is.  It could be Polish, Spanish, Russian,.. etc… It could possibly be Polish for “2 o’clock.”  It could mean drugs in another language … um, so 2 o’clock event
refering to Angela Spica revealing herself in public? ha ha,… or um, it could be referring to some drug event ha ha.  Sigh.  OR, Druga could be a name.

Hyperstitional Warfare
Oh, atleast this comes up with something tangible when searched on the web.  Hyperstition seems to have to do with fiction being or becoming truth.  Here’s one link.  Seems a bit confusing.  Here’s a film about it.  It really makes me think of the Invisibles by Grant Morrision.  It’s not what that books about but the use of hyperstition as warfare does sound like something straight out of the Invisibles.  It’s kinda like magic in that fiction changes or creates reality.  Read this wiki about it!!

Time Science

789216732 5467811314 683233746 542791908 465243890 163777567
Hmm what could these numbers be.  It’s next to a map and the words “time science.”  Coordinates on the map?  Coordinates in time?  The numbers are groups by 9 except for the second which has 10 numbers.  In the US, they could be social security numbers, except for the second, which could be a phone number.  Both unlikely.

In a web search, a lot of foreign sites are found for phone numbers.

SKYWATCH

EPS
It could stand for a few things.

Encapsulated PostScript which is a graphics file format,
Earnings Per Share
which is the amount which is given to a share of a stock from a company’s profit.

Extrapyramidal symptoms which are disorders dealing with movement brought on by drugs.
European Physical Society which is a non-profit made up of physicists for physics.
Educators Publishing Service which is an organization that helps with literacy.
Engineering Professional Services which is an organization/business that provides services in engineering and IT specializing in the government, and military market.
Floating-point relative accuracy in mathematics.

Ok, this can go on forever,.. I’m not gonna describe each one unless it sounds relavant.

Electronic Payments and Statements 
Engineering Propulsion Systems
Economic and Planning Systems
Epsilon Parser
used in math and coding?
Expanded polystyrene
which is some kind of recyclable material that seems might be like styrofoam or something.

Engineered Polymer Solutions
Employment Permit System
Enormous Penis Syndrome
– ha ha, my favorite.

Essential Pregnancy Services
Environmental Planning Services
Elite Player Squad
Energy Performance Score
…… as I said, it can go on an on …gonna stop now

Trelane and a legal document with parts blacked out

Secret Space Programmes
See breakaway civilization

Escapees
Alien ones??

Photo of a doorstep of a residential in a city? but may be related to IO’s tree ..

Breslau
The Germanized name of the largest city in western Poland, Wroclaw, when it was part of of Germany.  Ok,.. so what’s it significance?

Breakaway Civilisation
Spelled wrong.  Oh, when you search this on the web “secret space program” is mentioned a lot!!  
Facinating.  You’ll find all these articles about secret space programs and breakaway civilizations.  Lots of conspiracy stuff.  There is a book called “The Secret Space Program and Breakway Civilization” by Richard Dolan who is a historian who claims that there is a secret space program having to do with UFOs and a “breakaway civilization” seperate from the rest of us who has all this advanced science and stuff that we don’t have.  Ok, this totally could fit in with what Warren is doing here with WS and Skywatch.  Wow, this book is basaed on this guy’s actual lectures. 

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A new Wild Storm video ad from Instagram.

Apparently, I can’t embed here, but feel free to click on it to watch it on Facebook!

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LINKS

READ MORE WILDSTORM POSTS!
Meanderings from The Wild Storm #1, #2
Pre-Launch Speculation

Storm Warning: What is the Wild Storm

Other WSU Links
WildStorm Universe on Facebook
WildStorm selections on YouTube
Me on Twitter
WildStorm Addiction Web Site
WildStorm Addition on Twitter
Wild Times: An Oral History of WildStorm Studios on Twitter
Weathering Wildstorm A great blog going through WildStorm Continuity!
Wild Times on Facebook
WildTimes

Web site
WildStorm Old Official Twitter
Daarkanjel on Twitter
Daarkanjel on Instagram

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