Thursday morning DC Comics announced the return of Wildcats. Writer Warren Ellis and artist Ramon Willaslobos are the creative team DC has chosen to resurrect the series, which has been dormant since it was canceled in 2010.
Sometimes rendered as WildCats or WildC.A.T.s, the team of heroes was created in 1992 by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi, and was Lee’s first work published at the newly founded Image Comics. The Wildcats were the foundation of the Wildstorm Universe and was wildly popular with fans at its inception.
In 1998 ownership of Wildcats passed to DC Comics, as part of DC’s acquisition of Lee’s company Wildstorm Productions. Since that the original run, Wildcats saw four volumes published at DC until its cancellation in 2010.
DC’s full press release on the announcement is available below.
This August, Warren Ellis unites with artist Ramon Villalobos for an action-packed new era of WILDCATS. Following his genre-breaking work reintroducing beloved superheroes from the WildStorm Universe, Ellis and Villalobos will take the covert team on a new adventure in a six-issue miniseries beginning August 28.
“The first line I wrote down for WILDCATS was: ‘Saving the human race from the human race,'” says Ellis. “It’s a team made up of people who have seen the worst in everybody and everything, and yet still put themselves in frankly absurd amounts of jeopardy just so tomorrow might be a little bit better. And it’s a short series, so I might just kill them all. Come and see what happens. The art is great.”
“Warren has created something truly spectacular with the relaunch of the WildStorm universe over the past two years,” says DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. “There are few visionaries in our business and few still who can elevate mythos with such vitality and spectacle. Paired with Ramon’s extraordinary artwork, I’m thrilled for fans to check this out come August.”
From the pages of THE WILD STORM, the piratical covert team are here to stop humanity from destroying itself. The black-ops team featuring Grifter, Savant, John Colt and Adrianna Tereshkova have discovered that the secret space program Skywatch has been performing medical experiments on abducted innocents for decades. And now one of those experiments is about to explode–revealing a new threat and level of danger that no one could have prepared for. The covert team may have thought the world was strange before, but they had no idea–and now the stakes might just be too high.
“From the jump, WILDCATS has always represented to me the most modern and cutting-edge approach to superhero comics,” says Villalobos. “I’m excited for the opportunity to draw fun and fashionable comics for the coolest and smartest audiences in comics. WILDCATS has a heritage of genius creators who have worked on these characters, so it’s pretty cool to be able to awkwardly put my name among theirs.”
WILDCATS from Ellis and Villalobos will build on Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt’s 24-issue series THE WILD STORM, which kicked off in 2016. The series will channel the same breakneck energy and imagination, creating a thrilling new story for fans of the WildStorm universe.
WILDCATS #1 is available on August 28. You can check out the main cover and variant cover here.