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World’s End (2007-2010)

In late 2007, a year after it had relaunched its titles in an event branded “WorldStorm,” the WildStorm Universe offered an event entitled “Armageddon.” The story was told over six one-shots, one for each of the universe’s six ongoing titles at the time. In this story, the characters learned about an apocalyptic event coming in the future. This led into the six-issue biweekly mini-series WildStorm: Revelations. This led in turn into the eight-issue biweekly mini-series Number of the Beast, which saw the return of the High (from Warren Ellis’s “Change or Die” storyline). In that mini-series’s conclusion, the Earth was devastated when its axis was tilted. The super-heroes prepared to help whom they could.

This was the set-up of “World’s End,” a remarkable event that saw the WildStorm Universe become a post-apocalyptic landscape (in continuity, no less). For the event, a new ongoing Authority title would be launched, written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Simultaneously, Stormwatch: P.H.D. returned, 10 months after its apparent cancellation, using its original numbering and now written by by Ian Edginton.

After going bimonthly for its final few issues, Stormwatch: P.H.D. concluded with issue #24. Meanwhile, Abnett and Lanning left The Authority Vol. 4 with issue #17.

The following issue, new writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman oversaw the biggest change in the Authority’s line-up in its history, in which only Jack Hawksmoor, the Engineer, and Swift remained, now joined by several established WildStorm characters: Synergy (a.k.a. Christine Trelane), former co-leader of Stormwatch (who had also been involved in the Monarchy); Flint, a former Stormwatch member; the High, the former one-time Stormwatch villain who had returned in Name of the Beast; Grifter, a former member of Wildcats; Deathblow, a long-standing WildStorm anti-hero; Freefall, a former Gen13 member; and Rainmaker, another former Gen13 member. Writer Tom Taylor took over with issue #22. The series continued with #29, 12 issues after Abnett and Lanning’s departure.

Not long afterward, the WildStorm Universe was incorporated into the DC Universe as part of that universe’s 2011 reboot.

Armageddon

Midnighter: Armageddon #1

“A Failed World”

  • written by Christos Gage; art by Simon Coleby

only issue; cover by Mike McKone and Randy Mayor; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Dec 2007

Stormwatch: P.H.D. — Armageddon #1

“Gods and Men”

  • written by Christos Gage; pencils by Leandro Fernandez; inks by Francisco Paronzini

only issue; cover by Mike McKone and Randy Mayor; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Feb 2008

Wildstorm Armageddon

collects Midnighter: Armageddon #1, Welcome to Tranquility: Armageddon #1, Wetworks: Armageddon #1, Gen13: Armageddon #1, Stormwatch: P.H.D. — Armageddon #1, and Wildcats: Armageddon #1; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 144 pages; $17.99; cover-dated Apr 2008

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Number of the Beast

Number of the Beast #1

“Verse One: To Raise Up”

  • written by Scott Beatty; pencils by Chris Sprouse; inks by Karl Story

first issue; cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated early June 2008

Number of the Beast #2

“Verse Two: Gone Baby Gone”

  • written by Scott Beatty; pencils by Chris Sprouse; inks by Karl Story

cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated late June 2008
Number of the Beast #3

“Verse Three: Angels from on High”

  • written by Scott Beatty; pencils by Chris Sprouse; inks by Karl Story

cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated early July 2008
Number of the Beast #4

“Verse Four: Horses”

  • written by Scott Beatty; pencils by Chris Sprouse; inks by Karl Story

cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated late July 2008
Number of the Beast #5

“Verse Five: This is How the World Ends”

  • written by Scott Beatty; pencils by Chris Sprouse; inks by Karl Story

cover by Ivan Reis and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated early Aug 2008
Number of the Beast #6

“Verse Six: Apocalyptic Fiction”

  • written by Scott Beatty; pencils by Chris Sprouse; inks by Andy Smith and Brian Stelfreeze

cover by Ivan Reis and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated late Aug 2008
Number of the Beast #7

“Verse Seven: The Greatest Generation”

  • written by Scott Beatty; pencils by Chris Sprouse; inks by Drew Geraci and Karl Story

cover by Andy Lanning and Mike McKone; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated early Sept 2008
Number of the Beast #8

“Verse Eight: The Late Great Planet Earth”

  • written by Scott Beatty; pencils by Simon Coleby, Leandro Fernandez, Neil Googe, and Chris Sprouse; inks by Karl Story, Andy Smith, Neil Googe, Leandro Fernandez, and Simon Coleby

final issue; cover by Andy Lanning and Mike McKone; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated late Sept 2008

Number of the Beast

collects Number of the Beast #1-8; cover taken from Number of the Beast #1; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 192 pages; $19.99; cover-dated Oct 2008

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World’s End

The Authority Vol. 4 #1

first issue; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Oct 2008

The Authority Vol. 4 #2
published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Nov 2008
The Authority Vol. 4 #3
published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Dec 2008
The Authority Vol. 4 #4
published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Jan 2009
The Authority Vol. 4 #5
published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Feb 2009
The Authority Vol. 4 #6
published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Mar 2009
The Authority Vol. 4 #7
published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Apr 2009
The Authority: World’s End

collects The Authority Vol. 4 #1-7; cover taken from The Authority Vol. 4 #1; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $17.99; cover-dated Aug 2009

The Authority Vol. 4 #8
published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated May 2009
The Authority Vol. 4 #9
published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated June 2009
The Authority Vol. 4 #10
published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated July 2009
The Authority Vol. 4 #11
published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Aug 2009
The Authority Vol. 4 #12

“This Happens”

  • written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; pencils by Simon Coleby and Drew Johnson; inks by Ray Snyder and CliffRathburn

cover by Simon Coleby and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Sept 2009
The Authority Vol. 4 #13

written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; pencils by Simon Coleby and Drew Johnson; inks by Ray Snyder and CliffRathburn; cover by Simon Coleby and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Oct 2009

The Authority Vol. 4 #14

“At the Door”

  • written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; pencils by Simon Coleby and Drew Johnson; inks by Ray Snyder and CliffRathburn

cover by Simon Coleby and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Nov 2009
The Authority Vol. 4 #15

“Bleeding Edge”

  • written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; pencils by Simon Coleby and Drew Johnson; inks by Ray Snyder and CliffRathburn

cover by Simon Coleby and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Dec 2009
The Authority Vol. 4 #16

written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; pencils by Simon Coleby and Drew Johnson; inks by Ray Snyder and CliffRathburn; cover by Simon Coleby and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Jan 2010

The Authority Vol. 4 #17
published by DC Comics / WildStorm; cover-dated Feb 2010
The Authority: Rule Brittania

collects The Authority Vol. 4 #8-17; cover taken from The Authority Vol. 4 #17; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $19.99; published 2010

The Authority Vol. 4 #18

“Homecoming, Part 1″ -- 22 pages

  • pencils by Alejandro Barrioneuvo

writers: Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman; cover by George Perez and Randy Mayor; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2010
The Authority Vol. 4 #19

“Destination Unknown” -- 22 pages

  • pencils by Alejandro Barrioneuvo

writers: Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman; cover by Marc Bagley and Trevor Scott; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2010
The Authority Vol. 4 #20

“Disorder” -- 22 pages

  • art by Alejandro Barrioneuvo

writers: Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman; cover by Wes Hartman and Marcus To; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated May 2010
The Authority Vol. 4 #21

“Adrift” -- 22 pages

  • art by Alejandro ”Al” Barrionuevo

writers: Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman; cover by Walter Simonson and Wes Hartman; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated June 2010
The Authority Vol. 4 #22

“Infestation” -- 22 pages

  • written by Tom Taylor; pencils by Mike Miller

cover by Carlos Badilla and Pete Woods; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated July 2010
The Authority Vol. 4 #23

“Mondregon” -- 22 pages

  • written by Tom Taylor; art by Mike Miller

cover by Phillip Tan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Aug 2010
The Authority Vol. 4 #24

“Mondregon, Part 2″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Tom Taylor; art by Alejandro ”Al” Barrionuevo

cover by Alejandro ”Al” Barrionuevo; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Sept 2010
The Authority Vol. 4 #25

“This is gonna suck” -- 22 pages

  • art by Alejandro ”Al” Barrionuevo

writers: Tom Taylor and Adam Warren; cover by Howard Porter; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Oct 2010
The Authority Vol. 4 #26

“Genociety” -- 22 pages

  • art by Alejandro ”Al” Barrionuevo

writers: Tom Taylor and Adam Warren; cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Nov 2010
The Authority Vol. 4 #27

“Slaughter Moon” -- 22 pages

  • art by Alejandro ”Al” Barrionuevo

writers: Tom Taylor and Adam Warren; cover by Andy Park; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Dec 2010
The Authority Vol. 4 #28

“Fight or Flight” -- 22 pages

  • art by Alejandro ”Al” Barrionuevo

writers: Tom Taylor and Adam Warren; cover by Tim Seeley and Wes Hartman; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2011
The Authority Vol. 4 #29

“Change, not Die” -- 22 pages

  • art by Alejandro ”Al” Barrionuevo and Kevin West

final issue; writers: Tom Taylor and Adam Warren; cover by Wes Hartman and Richard Friend; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2011

Stormwatch: P.H.D. (Not in Sequence)

Stormwatch: P.H.D. #13
cover by Leandro Fernandez and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $2.99; cover-dated Oct 2008
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #14
cover by Leandro Fernandez and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $2.99; cover-dated Nov 2008
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #15
cover by Leandro Fernandez and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $2.99; cover-dated Dec 2008
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #16
cover by Leandro Fernandez and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2009
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #17
cover by Leandro Fernandez and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $2.99; cover-dated Feb 2009
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #18
cover by Leandro Fernandez and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2009
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #19
cover by Leandro Fernandez and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2009
Stormwatch: P.H.D. — World’s End

collects Stormwatch: P.H.D. #13-19; cover taken from Stormwatch: P.H.D. #16; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $17.99; cover-dated Oct 2009

Stormwatch: P.H.D. #20
cover by Leandro Fernandez and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $2.99; cover-dated May 2009
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #21

“Scorched Earth” -- 22 pages

  • written by Ian Edginton; art by Leandro Fernandez

cover by Leandro Fernandez and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; $2.99; cover-dated July 2009
Stormwatch: P.H.D. #22

written by Ian Edginton; pencils by Leandro Fernandez; inks by Francisco Paronzini; cover by Leandro Fernandez and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $2.99; cover-dated Sept 2009

Stormwatch: P.H.D. #23

written by Ian Edginton; pencils by Leandro Fernandez; inks by Francisco Paronzini; cover by Leandro Fernandez and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $2.99; cover-dated Nov 2009

Stormwatch: P.H.D. #24

final issue; written by Ian Edginton; pencils by Leandro Fernandez; inks by Francisco Paronzini; cover by Leandro Fernandez and Carrie Strachan; published by DC Comics / WildStorm; 22 pages; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2010