The return of the Wildstorm Universe will take a little bit longer than originally intended, it seems. Retailers were sent notice Thursday morning that Waller vs. Wildstorm, the four-issue miniseries that pitches the mind behind the Suicide Squad against Jackson King, the former leader of Stormwatch, has been removed from the schedule just weeks before its launch date.
The series — written by Batman: Gotham Knights’ Evan Narcisse and national security journalist Spencer Ackerman — has not been canceled; the note to retailers specifically notes that it will be “resolicited for release in spring 2023.” Before this, it was intended to launch November 30, as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations for the Wildstorm universe that also include a relaunch of WildC.A.T.s and a one-off Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special, featuring work from Jim Lee, Matthew Rosenberg, Bryan Hitch, and others.
A reason for the change in release date was not given to retailers.
The original solicitation for the first issue read, “In the early 1980s, as the Cold War stubbornly refuses to thaw, a new battle heats up...for the soul of the intelligence agency Checkmate. As the agency's super-heroic public face, Jackson King--a.k.a. the armored Battalion, former leader of Stormwatch and the symbol of American might--has long suspected that Adeline Kane is up to dirty tricks overseas, engineering horrors that betray everything he believes about service to one’s country. But King doesn't know that Kane has a clever new ally--an ambitious young woman named Amanda Waller. She has her own ideas about how metahumans can serve their country. And honor, dignity, and long lives don't factor into them... National-security reporter Spencer Ackerman (the Daily Beast, Reign of Terror), comics and video game writer Evan Narcisse (Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Gotham Knights), and veteran artist Eric Battle (Aquaman, Kobalt) celebrate WildStorm's legacy of espionage-flavored superhero morality plays, pitting Stormwatch against the deadliest people in the DCU--including Deathstroke himself!”
Expect more on this story as it becomes available.