Mention the name Rob Liefeld at a comic con and you will either hear gushing adoration or curse filled anger. He is undoubtedly one of the most controversial figures in the comic industry. Liefeld has created many very popular characters such as Deadpool, Cable, Domino, and Stryfe.
He rose to prominence in the early 1990s due to his work on Marvel Comics’ The New Mutants and X-Force. He is also one of the original co-founders of Image Comics.
Rob has been criticized for avoiding drawing character’s feet, drawing anatomically incorrect characters, drawing muscles that don’t exist, placing pouches where pouches shouldn’t be, and giving characters impossibly large weapons. If you aren’t a fan of Rob Liefeld you can’t deny the impact he has had on the comics industry. His comics and art style were big sellers in the 1990’s.
Whether you love Rob Liefeld or hate him, you are about to see a lot more of his work. Nine titles were optioned to Graham King and Fundamental Films as part of an interconnected Extreme Cinematic Universe – Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Lethal, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, Battlestone, Kaboom, and Nitrogen. Akiva Goldsman is set to co-produce the movies with Liefeld and his manager, Brooklyn Weaver from Energy Entertainment.
Liefeld’s work will be back in print as well. Brigade and Bloodstrike will be relaunched as comic books. There will also be collections of their early issues from the 1990s. “I have a new Brigade series ready to go and I’ve been waiting to launch with Bloodstrike. Then we have an Extreme anthology coming out,” Liefeld said. “I’m not going to flood the market. We’ll do selective stories, selective arcs, and then at the end of the year, we’ll be collecting the material…We’re going to collect the original stories for the first time, as well.”
All of this will be organized under a banner at Image with Brigade, Bloodstrike, Extreme Anthology, and even a re-colored version of his and Jeph Loeb’s Re-Gex. Liefeld also announced plans to revive Youngblood with a new creative of Chad Bowers, who will co-plot with Liefeld and script the series, and newcomer Jim Towe, who Liefeld discovered on Twitter after Towe posted redesigns of the Youngblood characters, seen here.
The new Youngblood team will have mainstays such as Shaft and Badrock, each of whom will get new powers early in the series. It will also include characters from later in the series such as Doc Rocket and Suprema as well what appear to be some new characters.
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