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

 
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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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SOURCES

World’s End in Image Comics Database.

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Image Day Series: Divine Right

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

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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 WITH “ABSOLUTE WILDC.A.T.s.”

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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
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SOURCES

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.