The news of the revival of Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Comics line – or Awesome Comics, if you remember that extremely short-lived revival around the turn of the century – has got me to thinking: What other defunct lines are left to bring back? This year, in addition to Extreme, we’ve seen announcements of the return of First Comics, Archie’s Red Circle characters (again!) and Valiant, as well as an actual, published, revival of Crossgen, via Marvel (Last year saw Dark Horse revive the Gold Key characters with the help of Jim Shooter, of course). So who’s left? The Malibu Ultraverse, of course, but Marvel has been claiming that that’s impossible due to mysterious contractual issues for some time now. Miracleman? Well, Marvel’s also working on that.
With IDW, Dynamite and Dark Horse all actively working to revive or reprint as many other familiar brands as possible, I find myself wondering: What are the remaining previously-successful comic brands or lines out there that aren’t in some stage or another or revival? What do people want to see again, and yet don’t seem to stand a chance just yet?