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Image Day: 5 Reasons Why Mister Majestic Is The WildC.A.T.s.’ Leader And 5 Why It’s Spartan

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

James Robinson


Penciler(s)

Rich Johnon


Colorist(s)

Gina Going


Cover

Jim Lee


Publisher

Wildstorm


Publication Date

December, 2005

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In the Wildstorm universe, the WildC.A.T.s. are the Earth’s original super-team. Previously, assembled as Team One, they have gone through multiple incarnations. In their different versions, two members have remained providing the team leadership in times of crisis: Spartan and Mister Majestic.

Let’s list five reasons why Mister Majestic is the team’s natural leader and five reasons why Spartan is their original leader.

10. JOHN COLT LED THE ORIGINAL TEAM ONE

In Team One: WildC.A.T.s. (1995), the U.S. government recruits John Colt, Mister Majestic, Regiment, Mason, Think Tank, Isaiah King and Slay as Team One. Their objective is to fight Daemonites as Unidentified Life-Forms (ULFs). During their first mission, Colt leads an untrained Team One against Helspont and his cult. Disastrously, they fail to stop the launch of a missile silo on New York City. Though Colt failed in his leadership, he remained the team’s leader when WildC.A.T.s. assembled.

9. ORIGINALLY, MISTER MAJESTIC WAS A NOBLE WARRIOR

In Team One: WildC.A.T.s. (1995), the U.S. government recruits Kherubim warriors Mister Majestic and John Colt, who would be resurrected after his death as Spartan. Originally, the government recruits Mister Majestic because he is a superhero. As a noble Kherubim warrior he believes in helping people and saving lives. Though he is also a warrior who lives by a code.

8. SPARTAN BECAME THE LEADER OF THE WILDC.A.T.s.

When the Kherubim-Daemonite war erupted, Spartan assembled the WildC.A.T.s. In WildC.A.T.s.: Covert Action Teams (1992) #1, Spartan led the team in an explosive issue against the Cabal. As a synthoid created from John Colt, Spartan was the team’s logical choice to lead on covert missions. Though he continued to doubt his legitimacy over his android nature.

7. MISTER MAJESTIC HELPS FAMILY AND FRIENDS

In WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams (1994) #11, Savant recruits Mister Majestic to the WildC.A.T.s. When the team is attacked by Troika, Savant travels to the Arctic. There, at Mister Majestic’s energy barrier, she asks to meet him to help Zealot. In order to help his friend Zealot and his daughter Savant, Mister Majestic joins the team after some hesitation about his past failures.

 

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6. SPARTAN’S PAST ROMANCES CONFLICT HIM

Because Spartan has gone through multiple upgrades, he has trouble understanding human emotion. In Gang War, the original WildC.A.T.s. return to Earth. There, they find that Mister Majestic has become the Earth-team’s leader. Also, Spartan has to deal with his identity and finding out who he really is.

5. MISTER MAJESTIC FOLLOWS A WARRIOR CODE

In Gang War, Mister Majestic emerges as the team’s leader. At the start of WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams #28, Spartan refuses to accompany Ladytron and Condition Red to the local bar. In fact, we learn his warrior code prevents him from engaging in sexual activity. In World’s End, we see that circumstances can allow him to seek companionship in order to continue the Kheran race.

4. SPARTAN’S BIO-ANDROID BODY IS MORE INTELLIGENT

Certainly, as a synthoid, Spartan possesses a highly advanced bio-android body. Among his many abilities is technopathy. In WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams #6, Spartan is able to use his android mind to reconstruct a fight from heat signatures left by the combatants. Later, he uses repurposed tehnology to invent HALO cars that run on infinite battery. Visit  Wildstorm Universe ’97 (1996) #1 for the source book file on his powers.

 

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3. MISTER MAJESTIC IS MORE POWERFUL

Powerfully, Mister Majestic is the WildC.A.T.s.’ most powerful member. Indeed, he has tussled with Captain Atom, Helspont and even Electric Blue Superman. In Gang War, the poster boy incinerates Kaizen and Tao with his eyebeams with a kill count of two villIains and six zombots.

2. SPARTAN USES LETHAL VIOLENCE AS THE LAST RESORT

Perhaps, one of Spartan’s greatest quality is his logical mind and his ability to debate difficult questions. In Captain Atom: Armageddon, the WildC.A.T.s. and the Authority debate over whether to kill Captain Atom. Since he comes from a parallel universe, their computer simulations have determined that his nuclear powers can start a chain reaction that will destroy the Wildstorm universe. But Spartan cautions the Authority over taking any lethal action without additional information.

1. MISTER MAJESTIC SOLVES CRISES

Really, Mister Majestic is the WildC.A.T.s.’ natural leader. When Captain Atom arrived in the Wildstorm universe, he looked to Mister Majestic for help and understanding. In the last issue, Mister Majestic may not have saved the universe, but his timely arrival on the Carrier saved Captain Atom from the Authority.

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WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams Vol 1 28 in Image Comics Database.
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Fan Theory: Alan Moore’s Supreme Is A Silver Age Superman Analogue That Created The Image Universe

 

FAN THEORY

Writer(s)

Al Gordon


Penciler(s)

Dan Jurgens


Colorist(s)

Ron Rife, Steve Oliff


Cover

Alex Ross


Publisher

Image Comics


Publication Date

February 05, 2003

IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS

AT DC AND IMAGE, SUPERMAN ANALOGUES GUARD THE BLEED

In our previous article, we argued that Superman analogues at DC Comics and Image Comics guard the Bleed. When the Wildstorm Universe joined DC Comics in 1999, The Authority first appeared. This Anti-Justice League guarded the Bleed. Additionally, it housed Apollo, a Superman analogue. Another Superman analogue, Mister Majestic first appeared in Image Comics in 1994.

In Captain Atom: Armageddon, he worked to protect the Wildstorm Universe from destruction. At Image Comics, Supreme and his alternate versions protect the supremacy. Really, similarities between Supreme and Thought Robot suggest his story may have created the Image Universe. Let’s explain.

Supreme and Radar. Image Comics.

 

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IN THE STORY OF THE YEAR ALAN MOORE CREATES TEAM SUPREME

Team Supreme. Image Comics.

LIKE THOUGHT ROBOT, SUPREME’S STORY IS CENTRAL TO IMAGE COMICS

THE SUPREMACY PROVES SUPREME IS A STORY

In Superman, The Greatest Story: How Art Deco Meets Plot Device, I argued Superman’s story popularized the superhero genre. Specifically, Grant Morrison suggests the Thought Robot created the DC Comics franchise. Similarly, Supreme may be the central story at Image Comics.

Like DC’s Limbo, the Supremacy is a form of Image Limbo. At DC’s Limbo dead or forgotten characters exist. At Image’s Limbo, Supreme’s amnesia as well as revisions in his continuity are associated with alternate versions. In addition, it is a form of Limbo for Supreme who was once forgotten on Earth. In many respects, Supreme is a story like Thought Robot.

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SUPREMIUM CAN WARP REALITY

In The Story Of The Year, Alan Moore gives a revamped origin of Supreme. Originally, Supreme gained super powers after exposure to Supremium while an infant. Incredibly, he developed the typical powers of a Superman analogue: super strength, super speed, super vision, senses, flight, intelligence.

Importantly, we learnt that Supremium can warp reality. In the case of his arch-enemy, Darius Dax, his experiments with Supremium created a temporal paradox causing him to time travel. In addition, it may have caused Dax’s dimensional transport to Daxia upon death. In fact, it is a form of Limbo containing the possible versions of Dax.

BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL, SUPREME MET JACK KIRBY

In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #2, Thought Robot breaks the Fourth Wall. This is the literary process where a character is aware of being a creation in a work of literature. Here, Thought Robot is either aware of the Presence, the Writer or the reader.

Similarly, Supreme can break the Fourth Wall. In Supreme: The Return, Supreme meets with the Writer, Jack Kirby. While investigating ideas invading Earth, Supreme meets with the Monarch. And he finds out the Monarch is the Writer who tells him Supreme can achieve virtually anything. In essence, he has limitless power.

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Image Day: Invincible’s Origin Story Is About A Viltrumite Teen Superhero With Daddy Issues Against Omni-Man

 

IMAGE DAY

Writer(s)

Robert Kirkman


Penciler(s)

Ryan Ottley


Colorist(s)

Bill Crabtree


Cover

Ryan Ottley, Bill Crabtree


Publisher

Image Comics


Publication Date

March, 2005

IN ORIGIN STORIES

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INVINCIBLE COMES OUT TO HIS GIRLFRIEND

Previously, in Invincible (2005) #22, Mark attempts to reveal his Invincible identity to Amber. After the Reanimen attacked, Mark left the scene to deal with them. Before Mark can come out, Cecil warns him of trouble. Then, he takes off.

In Invincible (2005) #0, Invincible reveals his secret identity to his girlfriend Amber Bennett. Surprisingly, Amber asks to tell her about his origins. After Mark has told her his origins, the two teenagers share a kiss in bed.

Invincible. Image Comics.

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HE BATTLED HIS FATHER OMNI-MAN IN A VILTRUMITE INVASION

In reality, Mark Grayson is the hybrid son of Nolan Grayson. Indeed, he was born from his Viltrumite father and his Earth mother. Before, Mark thought his father was a writer who traveled frequently.

At age seven, Nolan Grayson reveals he is Omni-Man. As matter of fact, he comes from the planet Viltrum and is originally on a mission to advance Earth. But, the World Betterment Committee loses interest in Earth for being too underdeveloped, and Nolan finally lives on Earth.

Omni-Man. Image Comics.

Around age seventeen, Mark develops super powers as a late bloomer. Soon, he goes on superhero missions with his father. After Mark finds a girlfriend, an unknown superhuman kills the Guardians of the Globe. A month later, Invincible discovers Omni-Man ripping a hole through The Immortal.

Immediately, the blow kills The Immortal who was the leader of the Guardians. That day, Invincible finds out about his father’s lies and the actual World Conquering Committee. In reality, Omni-Man is on a mission to conquer Earth. When Invincible refuses to join his cause, Omni-Man beats him to near death then escapes.

In Invincible (2004) #12, Omni-Man leaves Invincible near death. Image Comics.


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Image Day: In ‘World’s End,’ The God-Like Max Faraday Causes The Rapture

 

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IMAGE DAY

Writer(s)

Christos N. Gage


Penciler(s)

Shawn Moll


Publisher

Image Comics


Publication Date

September, 2008

IN RELIGIOUS WARFARE

UNTRUSTING OF SUPERHUMANS, MAX FARADAY CAUSES THE RAPTURE

In the Wildstorm Universe, World’s End occurs after Armageddon. Due to the Reaper’s nuclear holocaust, the God-like Max Faraday intervenes. To this end, he causes the Rapture of billions of people from Earth. In reality, he teleports the survivors to St. Louis. There, their routine continues as they are unaware of Armageddon.

At St. Louis, Max is meeting with the WildC.A.T.s and Team 7. Sternly, he blames the disaster on superheroes. Too often, he says, their interference lead to greater threats. For his part, Max plans to remain neutral in the war till all superhumans are erased. When Max senses danger in the South Pacific, he realizes he must intervene.

WITH A REALITY-WARPING CLASH, TAO STEALS MAX’S GODHOOD

In the South Pacific, the terrorist named Tao has threatened Susanna Chaste, Max’s wife. In the nick of time, Max, the WildC.A.T.s and Team 7 teleport on the scene. There, they face Tao and his men. Arduously, the battle rages. Using their reality-warping powers, Max and Tao are matched. Then, Zealot and Kenesha teleport to Hawaii.

There, they enlist Majestic’s help. With the Nemesis Swords – forged in the fires of Creation – Mister Majestic turns the tides. Violently, he pierces Tao’s body. Brutally, Tao is defeated but he has an ace. Before he can be executed, Pit Bull and a goon are holding Max’s wife at gun point. Desperately, Max agrees to reveal the Creation Equation to Tao in order to save her. Dangerously, Tao steals Max’s godhood.

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HAVING DIVIDED HIS POWER, MAX AND THE HEROES TRIUMPH

Later, the battle shifts to the Hollow Realm. Here, is the source of Creation. At the Hollow Realm, Tao plans to destroy then re-make the universe. First, he has locked the god-like heroes in prisons of their failed loves. Eventually, Void and Susanna Chaste free themselves. Soon, they confront Tao. In battle, the truth of Tao’s origin emerges. Originally, a test tube baby, he was grown and studied as an experiment. As a result, he grew without love.

Soon, the other heroes emerge. In fact, they tempt Tao with one attempt: to fix himself. Suddenly, Grifter appears and shoots Tao in the head. Then, the villain disappears but does not come back. Soon, Max and the heroes regain their near-full powers. With his faith in superheroes restored, Max tasks them to re-build Earth. In the meantime, he plan on transporting the survivors with Void’s help to the hollow realm. In one final act, Max restores the heroes’ 90s costumes with some alterations.

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Image Day: In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s,’ The Mister Majestic/Helspont Rivalry Begins

In 'Team One: WildC.A.T.s.' (1995) #2, Mr. Majestic withstands a blast to the chest from Helspont.
 
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IMAGE DAY

Writer(s)

James Robinson


Penciler(s)

Rich Johnson


Colorist(s)

Gina Going, International House of Color


Cover

Tom Raney, Rob Ro


Publisher

Image Comics


Publication Date

September, 1995

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

DURING THE ’60s, KHERUBIM SAUL BAXTER STOPS THE FIRST DAEMONITE ATTACK SINCE 1906

In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s’ (1995) #1, is the first Daemonite sighting since the 1900s. In the 1960s, Saul Baxter is a secretive defense contractor and mastermind. Secretly, he is a Kherubim and has the ability to generate blasts of mental energy. Recently, he is developing the first ballistic submarine. Suddenly, a soldier storms into his office and tells him that the submarine is under attack. Quickly, he runs out of his office and into the base. There, he finds the attacker killing several soldiers. Strangely, he recognizes the man as the first Daemonite he has encountered since 1906.

To hide his mental energy blast, Saul fires a blowtorch at the Daemonite reducing it to a corpse. When he has stopped the attack, Saul realizes that more Daemonites may arise. Soon, he meets with a fellow Kherubim. In fact, she works as a covert operative for the U.S. military as Lucy Blaise. Secretively, Saul wants to enlist a team of Kherubim heroes: Lucy’s lover and the anti-Communist John Colt, Mason and the superhero Mister Majestic. To this end, their objective is to fight Daemonites under the cover of Unidentified Life Forms (U.L.F.).

In 'Team One: WildC.A.T.s' (1995) #1, Kherubim Saul Baxter stops the first Daemonite attack since 1906.
In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s’ (1995) #1, Kherubim Saul Baxter stops the first Daemonite attack since 1906. AP Photo/Image Comics.

AT CAMP PENDLETON, CRAZEN INTRODUCES TEAM ONE FOR THE FIRST TIME

Team One from left to right: Regiment, John Colt, Mason, Think Tank, Isaiah King, Mister Majestic, Slay.
Team One from left to right: Regiment, John Colt, Mason, Think Tank, Isaiah King, Mister Majestic, Slay. AP Photo/Image Comics.

DAEMONITE LORD HELSPONT RECRUITS SLAUGHTERHOUSE SMITH ON A MISSION TO NUKE NEW YORK CITY

In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s’ (1995) #2, Daemonite Lord Helspont is on a mission to nuke New York City. Previously, Helspont recruited a Kherubim named Slaughterhouse Smith. As the term of the negotiations, Helspont names Smith as part of his Cabal. Sinisterly, he promises the Kherubim will rule the world.

Soon, Helspont and his Cabal attack Camp Williams, a nuclear missile silo in North Dakota. In their mission, they must detonate nuclear missiles on New York City. Angrily, Slaughterhouse protests he has a family and a home in the city. In response, Slaughterhouse’s men point their guns at him. Sternly, Helspont convinces Slaughterhouse to work for his cause.

In 'Team One: WildC.A.T.s' (1995) #2, Daemonite Lord Helspont is on a mission to nuke New York City.
In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s’ (1995) #2, Daemonite Lord Helspont is on a mission to nuke New York City. AP Photo/Image Comics.

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IN TEAM ONE’S FIRST MISSION, THE MISTER MAJESTIC/HELSPONT RIVALRY BEGINS

In Team One’s first mission, the heroes are unprepared and undertrained. Decisively, John Colt leads Team One into battle. In a slugfest, Mister Majestic engages Helspont. In fact, it appears they are evenly matched. However, the heroes are soon overwhelmed by the sheer number of Daemonites. Nevertheless, King manages to reach the nuclear missile which has been set for launch.

Since he is untrained, he has no idea how to deactivate it. Begrudingly, Regiment goes to find the silo leaving King without cover. Seemingly swarmed by Daemonites, John orders Mister Majestic to blast them to cover King. Though John is in the way, Majestic blasts the Daemonites. At the end, the lights go out and the outcome is uncertain.

In 'Team One: WildC.A.T.s.' (1995) #2, Mr. Majestic withstands a blast to the chest from Helspont.
In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s’ (1995) #2, the Mister Majestic/Helspont rivalry begins. AP Photo/Image Comics.

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Image Day: In “Gang War”, Mister Majestic Becomes The Poster Boy Of The 1990s Leading An Ultra-Violent W.I.L.D.C.A.T.s. Against Friends And Foes Alike

In 'WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams' (1997) #34, Mister Majestic incinerates Tao after surviving Ladytron going nuclear.
 

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In 'WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams' (1997) #34, Mister Majestic incinerates Tao after surviving Ladytron going nuclear.
In ‘WildC.A.T.s: Covert Actions Teams’ (1997) #34, Mister Majestic incinerates Tao, after surviving Ladytron going nuclear AP Photo/Image Comics.

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

DURING “GANG WAR”, MISTER MAJESTIC LEADS THE WILDC.A.T.s. STRANDED ON EARTH

In “WildC.A.T.s: Gang War”, the space WildC.A.T.s. team is returning from their homeworld Khera, while Mister Majestic leads the WildC.A.T.s. on Earth. Mister Majestic must lead an inexperienced team against supervillain gangs in New York City. The WildC.A.T.s. team consists of: Mister Majestic, Tao, Savant, Ladytron and Condition Red. Issue #28 starts with the WildC.A.T.s.’ war on crime on the streets of New York.

Mister Majestic sees it as the beginning of a disaster. Mister Majestic harbors more lethal methods and incinerates the Zombots with his eye-beams. Ladytron (Maxine) and Condition Red (Max) then decide to go to Max’s local superhero bar called Clark’s Bar. Ladytron sees it as a date though Condition Red disagrees. At the bar, Max notices Vic Lazarr, a supervillain, has deposited a suitcase in the gentleman’s room. Before he can disarm it, it blows up the bar. Max ends up at the hospital.

In 'WildC.A.T.s' (1996) #28, Mister Majestic leads a new WildC.A.T.s. team in battle.
In ‘WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams’ (1996) #28, Mister Majestic leads a new WildC.A.T.s. team in battle. AP Photo/Image Comics

MISTER MAJESTIC KILL COUNT: 6 ZOMBOTS.

BACK FROM THE “WILDSTORM RISING,” THE WILDC.A.T.s. ARE QUITTING

At the end of “Wildstorm Rising,” the WildC.A.T.s. flew a Daemonite ship into space in order to stop from exploding. Believing them dead, Mister Majestic and Savant set up a new team. They were transported on Khera where they found the Kherubims had won the Kherubim/Daemonite war. Deeply dissatisfied with Khera’s political affairs, they returned for Earth. In ‘WildC.A.T.s: Covert Actions Teams’ (1997) #29, returning to Earth, Mister Majestic attempted to recruit the members onto his team to fight the gang war, which had also recruited Team One. However, the WildC.A.T.s. original team declined and departed for Gamorra to aid Grifter.

The team consisted of Spartan, Void, Maul, Warblade and Zealot. Two members, Emp and Voodoo, quit the team. A day later, Ladytron checks on Condition Red, but she finds out from the doctor that Condition Red checked himself out of the hospital and quit the team. On Gamorra, the WildC.A.T.s. is under heavy fire. As Spartan manages the controls, they notice an armed troop carrier with the Stormwatch insignia and realize the U.N. has been called in. As they repel the boarders, their craft crashes lower and lower into the ocean. On the shore, Hunter-Killey Daimyo reports to Kaizen Gamorra that his enemies have been downed. Then Void teleports the WildC.A.T.s. on the island.

In 'WilC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams' (1996) #29, Void teleports the WildC.A.T.s. on Gamorra.
In ‘WilC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams’ (1996) #29, Void teleports the WildC.A.T.s. on Gamorra. AP Photo/Image Comics.

KILL COUNT: MISTER MAJESTIC INCINERATES KAIZEN GAMORRA WITH HIS EYE-BEAMS

In 'WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams' (1996) #30, Mister Majestic incinerates Kaizen.
In ‘WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams’ (1996) #30, Mister Majestic incinerates Kaizen with his eye-beams. AP Photo/Image Comics.

MISTER MAJESTIC KILL COUNT: KAIZEN

SHOWDOWN: LADYTRON GOES TOE TO TOE WITH OVERTKILL

In 'WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams' (1996) #31, Ladytron goes toe to toe with Overtkill.
In ‘WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams’ (1996) #31, Ladytron goes toe to toe with Overtkill. AP Photo/DC Comics

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REUNITED, THE WILDC.A.T.s. ARE ON THE HUNT FOR TAO AT HALO CORPORATIONS

The gang war continues in issues #31-34. In ‘WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams’ (1996) #31, the gang war is all-out and the supervillains have abducted hostages in New York in order to make an ultimatum on the WildC.A.T.s. After Spartan reminds Zealot about his life with her as John Colt, declares his love for her and shares a kiss with her. Then, it is an all-out assault on the Mercs, Overtkill and the supervillain hostage Vic Lazarr.

In WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams’ (1997) #32, during an exchange of fire, Grifter learns that Deathtrap wasn’t responsible for the attack on Clark’s Bar. Ladytron spots Vic Lazarr and goes in pursuit. After interrogating Lazarr, the heroes and villains realize they have been duped. Mister Majestic realizes the one responsible is Tao. His plan was to orchestrate surgical attacks on New York’s underworld, the attack on H.A.R.M.’s funeral in order to bring everyone under his command. Clark’s Bar’s bombing was meant to escalate the gang war between the WildC.A.T.s. and the criminal underworld.

In 'WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams' (1997) #34, the WildC.A.T.s. are on the hunt for Tao.
In ‘WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams’ (1997) #34, the WildC.A.T.s. are on the hunt for Tao. AP Photo/Image Comics.

KILL COUNT: MISTER MAJESTIC INCINERATES TAO

In 'WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams' (1997) #34, Mister Majestic incinerates Tao after surviving Ladytron going nuclear.
In ‘WildC.A.T.s: Covert Actions Teams’ (1997) #34, Mister Majestic incinerates Tao, after surviving Ladytron going nuclear AP Photo/Image Comics.

MISTER MAJESTIC KILL COUNT: TAO (APPARENT DEATH)


FOOTNOTES

WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams Vol 1 34 in Image Comics Database.
WildC.A.T.S: Gang War in Amazon.
WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams Vol 1 28 in Image Comics Database.
WildStorm Rising in Image Comics Database.
WildC.A.T.s in Image Comics Database.
WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams Vol 1 29 in Image Comics Database.
WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams Vol 1 30 in Image Comics Database.
WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams Vol 1 31 in Image Comics Database.
WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams Vol 1 32 in Image Comics Database.
WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams Vol 1 34 in Image Comics Database.

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Image Day Series: Divine Right

Many members of WildC.A.T.s. are Kherubim warriors.
 

IMAGE DAY SERIES

The WildC.A.T.s. AP Photo/Image Comics

IN CRISES

‘DIVINE RIGHT’ (1997)

In 1997, Jim Lee published a ground-breaking comic called ‘Divine Right: The Adventures Of Max Faraday’ (1997). Let’s read the summary on the twelve-issue comic:

This is where we meet Max Faraday; 20-year-old computer science major, lovable loser, at home, with older friend Devan Lawless; bored, Dev logged into Icore using his old professor’s access codes. Something starts downloading: a binary code string. Max views it all (barring one file, which he forwarded to his cyber-girlfriend, Susanna Chaste), when the computer blows up as a result of channelling the Equation.

Seemingly fine, Max and Dev head out, only to be pursued by strange creatures, bringing about the first manifestations of his power, and the first meeting with The Fallen, his protectors and mentors. The Fallen are BrandeTobrukand Exotica; a trio of super-powered beings who have a fraction of Max’s power which bonds them to him.

Hunted for this power he now wields, he is helped notably by The Fallen, Christy Blaze, John Lynch (Gen¹³‘s mentor) and Caitlin Fairchild, the peer leader of Gen¹³.

The ensuing journey sees Max embrace his Divine Right, as he takes control of the situation, and ultimately the universe, only to face off against the WildC.A.T.S.Gen¹³The Fallen, and even Susanna herself, as he truly tests the limits of what God can do, and how much humanity can be retained.

-Divine Right, Image Comics Database

‘DIVINE INTERVENTION: WILDCATS’ #1 FITS BETWEEN ISSUES #11 AND #12

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Max Faraday has realized his Godly power and attempts to make the world a better place. However, he is out of control and his powers are destroying the world.

In ‘Divine Intervention: Wildcats’ (1999) #1, Max has to face the WILDC.A.T.s., who may have different designs for Max.

  • ‘Divine Right’ #1-12
  • ‘Divine Intervention: Wildcats’ #1
  • ‘Divine Intervention: Gen13’ #1.

‘Divine Intervention: Wildcats’ (1999) #1, fits between ‘Divine Right’#11 and #12.

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WORLD’S END

Max Faraday faced the next crisis called Armageddon. Faced with nuclear annihilation, Max raptured billions of people before relocating the survivors to a preserved St. Louis. Max was discouraged at superheroes and felt the crisis was a negative consequence of their actions. Max and his family then secluded themselves on a tropical island in the South Pacific.

When the terrorist organization known as Tao located Max and his family, Max’s wife Susanna was abducted by Pit Bull. He was forced to reveal the Creation Equation to Tao and ended up losing his powers. Protected and saved by the WildC.A.T.s., Max regained his confidence in superheroes and regained his divine powers. Max then relocated to the Hollow Realm with the survivors and Void.

 

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Collect the first three trade paperbacks in “Absolute WILDC.A.T.s.”

ABSOLUTE WILDC.A.T.S collects WILDC.A.T.s #1-13, 31, 50; CYBERFORCE #1-3, WILDC.A.T.s/X-MEN: THE SILVER AGE #1; WILDCATS ADVENTURES #1 and WILDCATS #1, as well as behind-the-scenes sketches, concept designs and variant covers in an oversize slipcase.

-“Absolute WildC.A.T.S. by Jim Lee”, Amazon

Dave Freeman

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LINKS

Divine Right in Image Comics Database.
Wildcats: Divine Intervention #1 in Comic Vine.
Wildstorm in The Wildstorm Addiction Podcast.
Absolute WildC.A.T.S. by Jim Lee in Amazon.
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Image Day Series: WILDC.A.T.s. Face The Kherubim/Daemonite War

Many members of WildC.A.T.s. are Kherubim warriors.
 

IMAGE DAY SERIES

The WildC.A.T.s. AP Photo/Image Comics

IN CRISES

THE KHERUBIM/DAEMONITE WAR

You may have seen the TV show in the ’90s: Spartan, Grifter, Zealot, Warblade and Co. participate in a war between two alien races. In Season 1 Episode 6, Majestyk awakens from a stasis pod. He immediately assumes command of the WildC.A.T.s. to Spartan’s reluctance. He intends to oppose Helspont who seeks an orb that can conquer the universe.

Retro Rerun

VOLUME 1 COLLECTS THE KHERUBIM/DAEMONITE WAR

In ‘WildC.A.T.s’ (1992) #1, we are introduced to the Wild Covert Action Teams. AP Photo/Image Comics

Volume 1 collects the Kherubim/Daemonite war. Volume 1 collects the following issues:

  • WildC.A.T.S Covert Action Teams – Collects # 1-4
  • A Gathering of Eagles – Collects # 10-13
  • Homecoming – Collects # 21-27
  • Gang War – Collects # 28-34

Despite being an Image series, the series suffered from frequent delays. After September, the frequency would decrease and it would take at least two years in order to get on a monthly schedule.

The Alan Moore run suffered from the lack of a consistent artist and missed deadlines. Though it added some significant contribution to the mythos.

THE KHERUBIM

The Kherubim are human in appearance though they are stronger, more durable and virtually immortal. The downside is that Kheran are almost infertile and rarely produce offspring. However, Kheran do have the ability to produce offspring with other species, such as the existence of Kheran/human hybrids. Some Kheran are known are Lords and are more powerful, with abilities to manipulate energy and other psionic abilities.

Shapers are a subspecies of Kherans. They are shapeshifters and they are able to change their bodies into a mercury-like substance. The Titans are part of Kherubim society and are purple in appearance. They can increase or decrease their mass. They have large yellow horns on their backs. When they change their mass, they lose intelligence.

 

Many members of WildC.A.T.s. are Kherubim warriors.
Many members of WildC.A.T.s. are Kherubim warriors. AP Photo/Image Comics.

THE DAEMONITES

The Daemonites are reptilians from the planet Daemon that are capable of possessing host bodies. Daemonites need to possess someone in order to survive on a planet other than their native planet such as Earth. When a Daemonite possesses someone he has access to all the abilities the host has.

The Daemonite can change the host into its Daemonite form for a short period of time. Daemonites are near immortal. They have the ability to regenerate from injuries. The Daemonites are often drawn with sharp claws, sharp teeth and hunched. Though Daemonite Lords like Helspont look different.

A Daemonite. AP Photo/Image Comics.

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THE KHERUBIM/DAEMONITE WAR STARTED MILLENNIA AGO

In 'WildC.A.T.s' (1996) #28, Mister Majestic leads a new WildC.A.T.s. team in battle.
In ‘WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams’ (1996) #28, Mister Majestic leads a new WildC.A.T.s. team in battle. AP Photo/Image Comics

Millennia ago the Kherans came into contact with the Daemonites and a war erupted between both species. This war would last several centuries. A small group of Kherans and Daemonites would crashland on Earth and would inspire humanity with tales of gods, angels, demons and monsters. Their conflict would continue till the end of the 20th century, while in space the Kherans would go on to defeat the Daemonites. Kherans imposed heavy indemnities on the Daemonites and their society went bankrupt trying to pay them off. Khera allowed Daemonites to migrate to the more prosperous planet, but all Daemonites on Khera had to live in ghettos.

-“Kherubim,” Image Comics Database

Dave Freeman

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LINKS

WildC.A.T.s in Image Comics Database.
THE WILDCATS: FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE WILD STORM in TC.
WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams Vol 1 28 in Image Comics Database.
Kherubim in Image Comics Database.
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Image Day Series: Who Are The WILDC.A.T.s.?

 

IMAGE DAY SERIES

Dave Freeman

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

INTRO

You may have seen the TV show in the ’90s: Spartan, Grifter, Zealot, Warblade and Co. participate in a war between two alien races. The show was successful though it ended after Season 1. WILDC.A.T.s. was even made in a Super Nintendo video game.

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‘W.I.L.D.C.A.T.s.’ (1992) #1 SHOOK THE COMIC BOOK INDUSTRY

In ‘WildC.A.T.s’ (1992) #1, we are introduced to the Wild Covert Action Teams. AP Photo/Image Comics

Wildstorm was the dream of two childhood friends, artist Jim Lee and writer Brandon Choi. Early on, Lee worked for Marvel on projects like “Punisher War Journal” and “Uncanny X-Men.” His art got him notoriety and recognition.

Eventually, Lee quit Marvel and originally set up Homage Studio which would become “Wildstorm.” Then, Lee recruited his childhood friend, Brandon Choi and they would release their first comic “WildC.A.T’s: Covert Action Teams #1.”

WHO ARE THE W.I.L.D.C.A.T.s.?

Lee and Choi imagined the WildC.A.T.s. as a different brand of superheroes. The premise of the first issue was the millennial war between two alien races: the Kherubim and the Daemonites. Unfortunately, the war was transported to Earth and both races formed teams and organizations in order to eliminate each other.

The leader of the team was a Kherubim synthoid named Spartan. He recruited other Kherubim warriors such as Lord Emp, the Coda Warrior Zealot, the Kherubim Half Breed Maul, and Warblade who could change his body into weapons.

 

We are introduced to the concept of the Kherubim and Daemonites, two ancient alien races who have been at war for millennium and brought that war to earth thousands of years before. The Kherubim were immortal, very powerful, and human in appearance who breed with humans over the years creating super powered beings known as half-breeds in the process. The Daemonites are body snatchers by nature and inhabit key beings of power, such as their current leader Helspont who inhabits a powerful alien body. So by 1992 these two races had used Earth as a battleground and the war was ramping back up again. 

-“The WildCats: From The Beginning To The Wildstorm,” TC

Dave Freeman

VOLUME I

The first issues involved the WildC.A.T.s. fighting the threat of the Cabal. Four issues in, the WildC.A.T.s. had to face Rob Liefield’s Youngblood over the Daemonites having taken control of Vice President Dan Quayle. A modified Youngblood team took on Supreme in ‘Supreme’ (1992) #1.

The first crossover of the series was with Mark Silvestri’s “Cyber Force.” Two important characters were going to be introduced during Chris Claremont’s “the Gathering of Eagles”, who were Mister Majestic, the Superman analog, and Savant, Zealot’s sister. Alan Moore would take over the growing “Wildstorm” universe with issue #21.

In 'W.I.L.D.C.A.T.s.' (1994) #7, the W.I.L.D.C.A.T.s. meet Cyberforce for the first time.
Dave Freeman

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ALAN MOORE TAKES OVER ‘WILDC.A.T.s.’ IN VOLUME I

In 'WildC.A.T.s' (1996) #28, Mister Majestic leads a new WildC.A.T.s. team in battle.
In ‘WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams’ (1996) #28, Mister Majestic leads a new WildC.A.T.s. team in battle. AP Photo/Image Comics

In the ’90s, though he was sought after, comic writer Alan Moore refused to work for DC and Marvel and remained secretive. Instead, he decided to work for growing comic companies and small-scale projects.

He found his way to Liefeld’s Extreme Studios to work on Supreme and Youngblood but also released the still unfinished 1963 through Image. Moore’s run on WildC.A.T’s could have been one of the most satisfying super hero stories I’ve ever read but was marred by replacement artist after replacement artist.

-“The WildCats: From The Beginning To The Wildstorm,” TC

In the “Homecoming” storyline, the WildC.A.T.s. are stranded on Khera while Mister Majestic and Savant are on Earth and believe them dead. During the run, Mister Majestic becomes the leader of the WildC.A.T.s. on Earth.

Dave Freeman

NEXT: WILDC.A.T.s. Face The Kherubim/Daemonite War. May 3rd.


SOURCES

The Wildcats: From The Beginning To The Wildstorm in TC.
WildC.A.T.s Vol 1 in DC Database.
Cabal in Image Database.
WildC.A.T.s in Image Database.
WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams Vol 1 28 in Image Database.
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Image Day: Making A Deal With Malebolgia, Spawn Is Reborn!

 

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT

IMAGE DAY

In ‘Spawn’ (1992) #1, Spawn tells his origin story. Photo/Image Comics

IN IMAGE UNIVERSE

SPAWN MAKES A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL IN ORDER TO SEE WANDA

In ‘Spawn’ (1992) #1, Spawn makes a deal with Malebolgia in order to save his wife Wanda in 1992. Five years ago, news report of the death of American hero Lt. Colonel Albert Simmons. He was most well known for having saved the life of the President of the United States. Apparently, his death was involved in covert CIA operations in Botswana. His wife Wanda Blake was shaken at the time and was seen in company of Martian Alexander.

Spawn tells his origin story: He recalls his love for Wanda, his hate for Jason Wynn and Malebolgia. He tells of his heroism and of how he got betrayed by his government, then, he remembers his death. Then Spawn speaks of his remembrance of Wanda, his wife. He remembers his desire to see her, and the deal he made with Malebolgia in order to see her again. Then, Al was reborn as a hellspawn.

In ‘Spawn’ (1992) #1, Spawn tells his deal with Malebolgia in order to see Wanda again. Photo/Image Comics

HAUNTED BY AMNESIA, SPAWN SEEKS THE MAN WHO FRAMED HIM

Spawn feels powerful and feels his super powers can enable him to do anything. However, he is struggling to regain his memory. He tells of his deal with Malebolgia, exclaiming that the demon gave him super powers but robbed him of his memories.

Spawn is haunted by images of Wanda, but cannot seem to identify her. Spawn states she’ll remember him and says he is going to find Wanda. Then, he is going to find the man who framed him.

 

In ‘Spawn’ (1992) #1, haunted by amnesia, Spawn seeks the man who framed him. AP Photo/Image Comics

SPAWN BEGINS HIS CRIME-FIGHTING CAREER

In an alley, Spawn arrives on the scene where a woman is being assaulted by four men. The woman is fighting against the men. Wanting to make the woman scream, one of the men draws out a knife. Then, he rips off her purple shirt. Seeing the danger, Spawn intervenes. Spawn tells the men to get out or they are all dead. One of the more muscular men recognizes Spawn as one of the recent Youngbloods. The man with the knife, decides to “carve me a super–“1 Spawn responds by throwing the man through a window. Then Spawn asks “now, who’s next?”1

One of the men wearing a pair of sunglasses responds with an expletive. Spawn responds with necroplasm magic that explodes the man’s sunglasses. All the men flee. Spawn is left with the woman and reassures her they are all gone. The woman says not to hurt him and that she would do anything. Then, Spawn is haunted again by images of Wanda that have plagued him since his deal with Malebolgia. Then, Spawn remembers his funeral.

In ‘Spawn’ (1992) #1, Spawn throws a man through a window to save a woman’s life. AP Photo/Image Comics

CHECK OUT THE STORY: In ‘The Satan Saga Wars’, Spawn Goes Through Hell To Rescue Wanda.

SPAWN REMOVES HIS SYMBIOTE AND DISCOVERS HE IS DEAD

Since making a deal with Malebolgia, Spawn has been suffering from amnesia. However, Spawn realizes he has a wife. Though, he does not remember her name nor the color of her eyes. Spawn regrets his crime-fighting and blames it on the symbiote he is wearing.

Though his deal with Malebolgia has led to Spawn’s rebirth, the last five years of his life have been taken away. Spawn believes he is alive but wonders why he can’t feel. Then, Spawn decides to take off the symbiote. He removes the mask and his left glove. Then, looking at his hand, he discovers he is dead. He exclaims “What am I?”1

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In ‘Spawn’ (1992) #1, Spawn removes his symbiote and discovers he is dead. AP Photo/Image Comics

LINKS

Albert Simmons in Image Comics Database.
Spawn Vol 1 1 in Image Comics Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Spawn #1.