DC Comics solicitations have highlighted the appearance of WildStorm's Grifter in Batman #101, the comic continuing directly after The Joker War, a character created by DC publisher and CCO Jim Lee. But it's not alone. During his DC Fandome addresses, Jim Lee stated that WildStorm characters would be returning to the DC Universe in 2021. We have heard rumours that it was intended that Superman would lead The Authority as part of the comic book's 5G transformation, but 5G is no longer happening as planned and Brian Bendis is off the books sooner than planned.
But I am told that this week will see the return of the Justice Incarnate, the multi-dimensional superhero team created by Grant Morrison, as part of Dark Nights: Death Metal: Multiversity's End. When last seen, in Dark Nights; Metal: The Wild Hunt their ship. The Ultima Thule, had been attacked by The Batman Who Laughs driving The Authority's ship The Carrier through the interdimensional space of The Bleed, as established by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch in WildStorm's Stormwatch and The Authority.
Well, I understand that in the one-shot out this week, it is the Justice Incarnate who are piloting The Carrier through The Bleed.
And while Grifter does indeed appear in Batman #101, acting as a bodyguard to the newly-multi-billionaire Lucious Fox, Batman knows him of old. And throws out a mention of the HALO Corporation at Grifter.
In the WildStorm comic books, the Halo Corporation was founded by Jacob Marlowe and used to finance the WildCATS team. With the help of Void, Marlowe created the company and made himself a multi-billionaire, to find, train and fund his fellow Kherabim descendants in battle with the Daemonites.
Could this be a way to bring WildCATS and the rest of WildStorm back? And what role will Lucius Fox play in that?
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