For this reworking, Marvel "farmed out" the properties to some of their former employees who had left the company to form Image Comics. Jim Lee's Wildstorm Productions studios handled Fantastic Four and Iron Man, and Rob Liefeld's Extreme Studios took the reins of The Avengers and Captain America. However, after six issues, Marvel attempted to renegotiate Liefeld and Lee's contracts, offering them less money for the projects. Liefeld rejected the revised contract, while Lee accepted the new terms and took over Liefeld's titles. While Avengers had performed poorly with fans for Liefeld's issues, Walt Simonson took over the book when it moved to WildStorm and produced a well-regarded conclusion. Although the four titles in "Heroes Reborn" were slated for a 12-issue run, James Robinson wrote a 13th and final issue for each book. The storyline, entitled "World War III", was a crossover between the Marvel and WildStorm characters.
The changes to the characters were controversial, provoking debates amongst fans. However, all of the titles experienced a large upsurge in sales.
At the end of the storyline, the Fantastic Four and Avengers were returned to the mainstream Marvel Universe, again through the intervention of Franklin Richards. The ensuing storyline, dubbed "Heroes Return" was once again created in-house at Marvel Comics.
With 2006 marking the 10th anniversary of the "Heroes Reborn" crossover, Marvel marked the occasion by having the reality-traversing Exiles team visit the "Heroes Reborn" Earth, in Exiles #81-82. The company also announced it was reprinting original "Heroes Reborn" series and produced trade paperbacks collecting issues 1-12 (excluding the series finale cross-over "World War III") of the four titles. Also, Marvel announced that Jeph Loeb and Rob Liefeld would reunite in November 2006 for Onslaught Reborn, a five-part weekly limited series that would feature both Onslaught and a world similar to that the "Heroes Reborn" universe. This was planned to tie in with the memorial scholarship fund established in honor of Loeb's son Sam.
HOW THE BABES WERE REBORN; the Way They Were: Keeper Harry Gregg and Duncan Edwards (above Left) Deny Grounded Jimmy Bloomfield at Highbury Five Days before the Tragedy While Roger Byrne and Dennis Viollet Leave the Field (Left) after the Home Leg of the Red Star Tie. but Three Months Later Jimmy Murphy Leads United out in the Cup Final (Top Right) against Bolton and (Right) Bobby Charlton Lifting the European Cup in 1968
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