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Image Universe

Image Universe

Publisher
Image Comics
Notable Characters
Spawn, The Savage Dragon, Witchblade, Youngblood, Invincible
First Appearance
Youngblood (vol. 1) #1 (April, 1992)

The Image Universe is the continuity present in Image Comics superhero comic books.

 HistoryEdit

Though many of the super-humans of the Image Universe began long ago, the first notable appearance of super-humans to the public eye first occured during the Second World War, where heroes like Supreme battled the Axis forces, as well as spies and fifth columnists within America.  Soon after World War II, Supreme, the world's most famous hero, left the Earth, disappearing until the late 20th Century.

Heroes continued to fight evil well into the 20th century with several signifigant teams appearing in the last decade including the celebrity superheroes of Youngblood, the WildC.A.T.s (who battled a shadow war against alien forces) and the technologically enhanced Cyber Force.  In Chicago, a city that contained a large number of mutant creatures called freaks, the Chicago PD gets a super-human recruit in an officer named Dragon.  In New York City, a demon named Spawn began stalking the streets, murdering criminals.

Superheroes often met each other, but something changed when the universe was split, meaning several superheroes existed in seperate universes within a multiverse.  This caused the creation of the WildStorm Universe, where the WildC.A.T.s, Gen13 and various other characters now lived.  Similarly, at one point certain other characters (such as Supreme and Youngblood and other Rob Liefeld created characters) were not part of the Image Universe, only to later join it once more.

Soft ContinuityEdit

It is worth noting that the continuity of Image superhero books are a lot looser, particularly due to the fact that all of Image's comics are creator-owned.  In fact, it is not uncommon for superheroes from other continuities are brought in and treated as a regular part of the universe (such as Dark Horse's Hellboy or Mike Allred's Madman), as opposed to Marvel or DC Comics, where it is usually either out of regular continuity and/or involves dimensional travel.  It is also common for some characters to move in and out of continuity.  For example, characters from the Wildstorm imprint was originally part of the Image Universe, before moving into it's own continuity (called the Wildstorm Universe) and most recently joining the DC Universe.  It has also been stated by Image Comics co-founder Erik Larsen that each book takes place in it's own universe but in some crossover stories, it means the events therein take place simultaneously in both continuities.

Though the nature of events within the books themselves remain consistent, events that happen in some books would not necessarily effect the others.

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