The Four were part of a secretive U.S. government attempt to land on the moon in 1961. However, their rocket intersected The Bleed, and they returned transformed into superhumans. Using their involvement in private corporations and covert government projects, they began to create their own conspiracy of world domination.
The leader of the Four, Randall Dowling had succeeded in contacting a parallel Earth with his earlier launches into space. He described this Earth as being ancient and populated entirely by unique superhumans. This world, while being immensely powerful and technologically advanced, was also deeply paranoid. Seeing the potential for the Wildstorm Earth to become a threat, with the emergence of various superhumans and their tentative encounters with the Bleed, they were willing to make a deal with Dowling.
Dowling and his three crewmen gained access to the technology that would rebuild them into superhumans. In exchange, they would return to their home reality where they would suppress any advances that could allow humanity to defend themselves (this also had the effect of suppressing anything that would improve people's lives). They had 50 years in which to bring their world to heel, after which the inhabitants of this parallel world would invade and destroy the Wildstorm Earth. The Four would be spared from this invasion and free to travel the multiverse, vastly empowered with their superhuman abilities and the technologies they had stolen over the years.
The Four would later come into conflict with Planetary, which the organization's leader Elijah Snow was absolutely disgusted with the Four's atrocities. Initially the Four decided not to eliminate Planetary, presumably because Randall Dowling finds their actions amusing. But overtime, the Four dwindled as Jacob Greene and William Leather were subdued by Planetary: Greene was exiled into deep space and Leather captured. Ultimately the remains of the Four was defeated by Planetary with Dowling and Kim Süskind being led into a trap planned by Snow and the two fell to their death. Planetary disposed the mangled bodies of Dowling and Süskind on the parallel Earth that the Four bartered with, and warned the planet's inhabitants to never invade their Earth or suffer severe consequences.
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- The Four are an evil version of Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four.
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- 9 Appearances of The Four (Wildstorm Universe)
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- Organization Gallery: The Four (Wildstorm Universe)