In preparation of the return of the “Extreme” stable of characters, Rob Liefeld has begun hitting the press. Unfortunately, as with most people in their mid-40′s, senility has set in and Liefeld is faced with increasing challenges that few are faced with.
Evidence of Liefeld’s progression toward what many would say is “insanity” has been largely ignored by the mainstream press, though his triumphs, such as providing artwork for at least 3 issues of DC’s poorly reviewed Hawk and Dove series, and his creator-owned projects remain inspiring.
Unfortunately, during an interview with Newsarama, the carefully constructed walls surrounding his illness came down and his story can truly be told.
During this interview, Chris Arrant inadvertently revealed to Liefeld that his Extreme creations were derided by some. Unable to cope with this knowledge, Liefeld had the following to say:
Liefeld: You mention “derided by some,” again, in all my travels, I don’t hear it. Ever. The 90s was a great period for the fans that were collecting at that time. Comics sold at an all-time high and reached the largest audience in our modern age and the energy in our business was fantastic. Any bad feelings from fans of that era were a result of the poor delivery of the product we sold them. Every publisher ran into late shipping, which Image contributed to, but the desire for those characters, ideas and stories were off the charts. The concepts, ideas and designs of that era, my era are ridiculously relevant right now. Have you seen Cable, Deadpool, X-Force lately? All 90s creations from my drawing board, all ridiculously popular, riding high in comics, on toy shelves, and game consoles.
For nearly 20 years, Liefeld’s caretakers have judiciously attempted to hide from him criticism of many horrifying books he has been responsible for. Now that the embargo is off, and Liefeld has been made aware of how bad his books were, sites are free to publish reviews of his work such as:
For those unfamiliar with Liefeld’s original contributions, he is the man responsible for Youngblood, a series about mimes and characters that looked like Wolverine and Spider-Man.
As for the new Extreme titles, an estimated four issues are expected before the most recent attempt at a reboot concludes, which will nearly quadruple the output from his prior revival attempt with Youngblood: Bloodsport.
Bloodsport 2, continuing the storyline set 15 years in the future of 2003, is currently 8 years late, and the series is set to conclude in 2019, where it will be retconned as a flashback. Image United, which takes place chronologically before Bloodsport, despite being published years after, will be finished sometime in the 2020s, provided the robot massacre does not occur as planned.
The Walking Dead however, which takes place after Image realized there’s a market for consistent, albeit mediocre, comic books continues unaffected by the contributions of its co-creators.