Writer Warren Ellis of Transmetropolitan, Injection, Karnak, Moon Knight, Iron Man & Trees will be re-launching DC Comics Wild Storm imprint that was the home of his iconic run’s on The Authority and Planetary. He will start by writing the series The Wild Storm with art from Jon-David Hunt and will use that book as a springboard for additional new Wild Storm series. More details at Comicbook.com
The use of metafiction in the superhero genre has become an old hat for the comic book medium. Alan Moore & Grant Morrison made it a central tenant of their storytelling style in the 1980s and it’s become a tool for almost every creator that’s been influenced by them since. As per Google dictionary, Metafiction is
“fiction in which the author self-consciously alludes to the artificiality or literariness of a work by parodying or departing from novelistic conventions (especially naturalism) and traditional narrative techniques.”
It’s when the story comments on the story. Think Alan Moore’s work on Marvel Man, Grant Morrison meeting Animal Man, all the way up to Deadpool talking to the reader; it’s a constant in comics and, as is with most tools, it’s how you use it that makes the difference. Just because Grant Morrison inserts himself into Animal Man doesn’t make it the same thing as when John Ostrander inserted Grant Morrison into Suicide Squad and that’s all a million miles away from the many hackneyed attempts to have Deadpool break the fourth wall because IT’S DEADPOOL LOLZ!!!!!! But ideas never die they only evolve and the use of metafiction is no different, like in Warren Ellis & Tula Lotay’s deep dive into the practice in their excellent Supreme Blue Rose miniseries, an exploration of comics metafiction unlike anything before it.