Around 1996, I gave up on comics briefly. Chalk it up to lack of funds and/or disappointment in some of the books I was regularly reading. This break didn't last long (maybe 6 months?), because some titles brought me back. I made a trip to my local comic store for the heck of it one day and a few Wildstorm titles caught my eye. DV8 was one of them. I've always loved teen superhero books, but this one was different. It wasn't a near traditional one (see Gen 13 below) in that these teens were being used by their "mentors" and they were major outcasts...they drank, were offensive, and didn't care. Still a great book, and I was glad to see the book return in a recent limited series by Brian Wood.
I lumped these together because, well, I wanted to. I've been a fan of both series of movies for years, and their licensed comics over the years have mainly been misses. When Wildstorm got ahold of them, my hopes weren't high, but I gave it a shot. I'm glad. They were well written with great art. Wild, original stories that really fell in line with the tone of the movies.
I've met few people that know this book, but once they read it, they greatly appreciate it! While it's initial Wildstorm book only lasted 5 issues (IDW brought the character back for a 3 issue series in 2003), I loved it! Wynonna is a descendant of Wyatt Earp and works as a federal marshal hunting monsters and demons. Beau Smith's story was stellar (props go to him as well for the IDW follow-up), and this book introduced me to Joyce Chin's art. The level of detail astounded me when I first laid eyes on it, and since then, I've always opted to give a book a chance if I see Chin is working on it. IDW has released a softcover collection of all the Wynonna Earp stories, so it's well worth the price if you feel inclined.
So, that wraps it all up. I am interested to see what happens with some of the Wildstorm characters in the future at DC. But I'm sad to see some of the licensed and non-Jim Lee creator owned stuff disappear from the shelf. That Wildstorm banner was waved for 18 years, and that's an impressive run.