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Rob Liefeld’s Netflix Deal is Done

Extreme Universe

Announced in March 2018, Rob Liefeld had cut an option deal with Netflix to bring his Extreme Universe of comics to the digital movie and show service. The deal covered six comic series with over 50 characters.

Not even a year later and that deal is done. Liefeld has announced that he has taken Extreme “elsewhere” that’s a “better deal and fit.”

Liefeld took to Twitter:

Judging by the somewhat cryptic Tweets, it sounds like part of whatever deal was cut would be more likely to keep his creations together instead of having them walled off as seemed to be the case previously.

Currently he has a movie based on Prophet being worked on from Studio 8 and last we heard Paramount was developing a film based on Avengelyne.

Review: Bloodstrike #0

Indie darling and Copra cartoonist Michel Fiffe helms the latest incarnation of Extreme Studios’ Bloodstrike in a comic that tells the origin story of the Rob Liefeld created team of reanimated super soldiers: Cabbot, Fourplay, Deadlock, Shogun, and Tag with fan favorite Chapel showing up in a backup story. Fiffe’s filtering of the early Image aesthetic through a Fantagraphics, art comic filter is quite enjoyable, and Bloodstrike #0’s pages have the feel of a labor of love fanzine instead of corporate product. Unfortunately, Fiffe’s story is utterly incomprehensible for anyone who wasn’t already familiar with the characters in Bloodstrike, and it ends being more like fanservice through an auteur lens than a bold, new beginning for the property.

Probably, the most enjoyment I got out of Bloodstrike was the similarity of the characters to various X-Men; it’s like Liefeld, and by extension, Fiffe weren’t even trying to hide it with bad guy-turned-kind of good guy Deadlock sporting Wolverine’s cowl and having the code name Patient 10 to Cabbot, the lantern jawed gun and pouch sporting team leader and Cable wannabe. This is probably the joke, but the personalities of the members of Bloodstrike seem interchangeable and differently designed action figures going on missions around the world for the good of American imperialism. (The comic is set in the hey day of the first Bush’s presidency and ends around the Gulf War.) They’re reanimated corpses so there’s no possibility of permadeath. By extension, there’s no one to really latch onto, and the time skips and jumps and introduction of other Image characters give the book a stop and start feel like vignettes stitched together. Thanks to Wikipedia, I did understand the cliffhanger ending, and it reminded me of what Mark Millar tried to do with Wolverine in Ultimate X-Men in making him a Brotherhood member and not the Captain America of Canada. So, cool with a “k”, I guess.

It’s kind of funny, but the character that stood out to me in Bloodstrike #0 wasn’t even member of Bloodstrike, but of Rob Liefeld’s flagship squad: Youngblood.  (Thank you Wikipedia, again.) Her name is Vogue, and she made some hilarious quips about costume aesthetics in the heat of battle in a nice bit of commentary on the whole style over substance trend of mainstream comics in the early 1990s where art came before story. And it comes back full circle in Bloodstrike #0 where Michel Fiffe constructs balls to the wall, paramilitary action scenes with neck biting, diagonal panels, and a red “bleed out” effect on his background colors, but doesn’t give readers a reason to care about the characters. Honestly, this is a cast of characters and conceit that could use the minimalist action plotting of The Raid or Dredd, but with more of a team dynamic than the Frankenstein’s Monster of continuity and heavy artillery fire that was Bloodstrike #0.

Maybe, if you’re more knowledgeable about the Image Comics creations of Rob Liefeld and Extreme Studios in general, Michel Fiffe’s Bloodstrike #0 will tickle your nostalgia fancy and filter the excess of the 1990s in a stylish new way. This is definitely not new reader friendly, but it’s worth flipping through to check out Fiffe’s unique art and metamorphic color palette. From the backmatter and care that Fiffe takes at replicating the original costumes, Bloodstrike #0 seems like a passion project, but unfortunately that passion is hard to transfer through this story.

Story: Michel Fiffe Art: Michel Fiffe
Story: 3.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 4.8 Recommendation: Pass 

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Netflix Gets Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe In a Seven Figure Deal

Deadline has reported that Netflix is getting another comic universe to play in. The entertainment company has cut a seven-figure deal for the rights to Rob Liefeld‘s Extreme Universe of comic characters. The project will get a writers room that will come up with a series of connected feature films that will be overseen by Avika Goldsman. This is on top of the deal Liefeld has with Paramount to develop a film based on Avengelyne as well as his creations for Marvel.

The Extreme Universe covers six comic series with over 50 characters such as Bloodstrike, Brigade, Cybrid, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, and Kaboom.

An earlier deal with Graham King and Fundamental Films had been struck but that didn’t work out.

Liefeld said:

Netflix has become a part of every day existence for me and my children. Their programming is the most dynamic and diverse I have seen. I am beyond thrilled and inspired to be bringing my Extreme catalogue to life with the creative wizards at Netflix. What Akiva Goldsman has achieved with his craft and storytelling across all mediums in our industray is of absolute benefit for my Extreme characters. He is an absolute comic book fanatic and working with him on adapting Extreme Universe has been electric. His stellar work on Star Trek Discovery has wowed the fandom and trust me when I say that the Teen Titans show he is producing is going to blow fans away. I cannot wait to show the world what we have in store.

Netflix last year purchased Mark Millar’s Millarworld which is leading to new comic series as well as live action projects for the company.

Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe Coming to the Big Screen

extreme-studios-logo-600x257If there was one person in the comic industry that was a winner in 2016, that’d be Rob Liefeld. The creator was part of the team behind one of the best returns for a comic film ever, Deadpool (Liefeld created the character). Now, more of his creations may be coming to the big screen.

Deadline has reported that Graham King and Fundamental Films have partnered to bring more of Liefeld’s comic characters to movies. The “seven figure deal” is the first big movie rights deal of the year and will see Liefeld’s Extreme Universe come to life.

King has partnered with Weed Road’s Avika Goldsman, with Liefeld producing and Energy Entertainment’s Brooklyn Weaver.

Nine comic books are covered in the deal spanning more than 100 characters. That includes Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Lethal, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, Battlestone, Baboom and Nitro-Gen as examples. In the fall Goldsman made a deal to bring the character Avengelyne to Paramount.

We predicted Liefeld would quickly become a hot property in Hollywood after the success of Deadpool and it looks like we’re right!

Which Liefled creations do you want to see on the big screen?

Bloodwulf Must Stop Grand Admiral Lord Emperor Trump

Comic creator Rob Liefeld has been teasing what’s to come, particularly reviving a lot of his classic characters that rose to prominence in the 90s. Today he posted on Instagram his latest with a relevant political spin… Bloodwulf must stop Grand Admiral Lord Emperor Trump whose reach has extended throughout the galaxy.

Bloodwulf debuted in 1993 and got his own mini-series in 1995. The character is an alien bounty hunter who has enhanced strength and a personal force field. The character in the past has been generally humorous poking fun at science fiction tropes and standards.

Danger Club #1 and Bloodstrike #25 Sell Out

IMAGE COMICS REPRINTS TWO MORE ISSUES
Demand for new titles leads to more sell-outs
THE SIDEKICKS GET THEIR DUE AS DANGER CLUB #1 SELLS OUT

DANGER CLUB #1, the first issue of the new Image Comics superhero series by Landry Q. Walker and Eric Jones (Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) has sold out at the distributor level a week before its release in stores on April 4.

Image Comics has immediately sent the issue back to press. The second printing (FEB128147) will be in stores on May 2, the same day as DANGER CLUB #2 (MAR120479).

A dark vision of a world where the world’s superheroes have gone missing and teenage sidekicks must create a new order, DANGER CLUB has been described by writer Walker as “Lord of the Flies with superheroes.”

EXTREME RELAUNCH BLOODSTRIKE #26 SELLS OUT

The relaunches of Rob Liefeld’s Extreme line for Image Comics has continued to be a sure bet for retailers, as the debut issue of the latest title, BLOODSTRIKE #26, has sold out.

The continuation of the story of Cabbot Stone, a black-ops soldier who can survive any injury, thanks to a shadowy military program called Project Born Again, is written by Tim Seeley (HACK/SLASH) with art by Franchesco Gaston, and is in stores today, March 28.

A second printing of BLOODSTRIKE #26 (FEB128069) will be in stores on April 25, the same day as BLOODSTRIKE #27 (FEB120496).

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Glory #24 and Prophet #23 Sell Out

EXTREME STUDIOS RE-LAUNCHES REACH NEW HEIGHTS
PROPHET #23 and GLORY #24 sell out, go back to press

Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studios titles PROPHET and GLORY were two of the mainstays of the nascent Image Comics; now, twenty years later, they’re proving their mettle in a new generation with re-imagined relaunches by prominent independent comics creators.

The latest issues — PROPHET #23 and GLORY #24 — have sold out, prompting second printings for both. Both titles have sold out of their issues three months in a row. GLORY #24’s second printing will be in stores on April 11 and PROPHET #23’s will be out the following week, April 18. PROPHET #23 was in stores today, March 21, and GLORY #24 went on sale on March 14.

Critics have praised both titles’ creative teams for their new vision of the Extreme titles, part of a relaunch campaign that also includes YOUNGBLOOD, BLOODSTRIKE, and SUPREME.

Brandon Graham (KING CITY) and Simon Roy place John Prophet in an uncanny landscape of a future Earth, fighting his way through bizarre predators and navigating even more bizarre cultures to awaken the G.O.D. Satellite. In a review at The Comics Journal Charles Hatfield wrote, “Writer Graham, cartoonist Roy, and colorist Ballermann work together to conjure a lurid, gushing world, one that calls for gooseflesh and cold sweat.”

Glory becomes a broad-muscled, towering warrior in the hands of Joe Keatinge (HELL YEAH) and Ross Campbell (Wet Moon, Shadoweyes), living once again among humans after a long absence. In a review at Comic Book Resources, Kelly Thompson called the new GLORY “some of the most innovative and ballsy work comics has seen for a long time. This is a re-launch, people.”

Both titles are ongoing, full color comic books, available in comic book stores and from multiple digital platforms.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.