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

IMAGE DAY

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.

Image Day Series: Divine Right

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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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.

DC Day: In “Coup D’Etat”, The Authority Finally Takes Over The U.S. Government Because Of Their Conspiracy To Conquer The Bleed

DC DAY

In 'Coup D'Etat' (2004) #1, the Authority takes over the U.S. government over its attempt to conquer the Bleed.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1 the Authority takes over the U.S. government because of its attempt to travel to the Bleed. AP Photo/DC Comics

IN GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY

TAO, A FORMER WILDC.a.t.s. AGENT, TRICKS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT INTO TRAVELING TO THE BLEED LEADING TO AN ACCIDENT

In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the U.S. government follows the conspiracy of Tao in order to conquer the Bleed. Following a mission by Agent Carver and Misery at a secret U.S. base, the U.S. government retrieves a device. In reality, it was an elaborate set-up by Tao, a former WILDC.A.T.s. who orchestrated the covert operation.

Realizing that the device can actually help them travel the Bleed, they send a probe into space. However, per Tao’s knowledge, the device “was powered by a tiny black hole.”1 Upon reaching the Bleed, the black hole became unstable and the probe exploded. The accident tore “open an enormous hole in the Bleed” and destroyed a shiftship.1

In 'Coup D'etat' (2004) #1, Tao tricks the U.S. government into traveling to the Bleed leading to an accident.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, Tao tricks the U.S. government into traveling to the Bleed leading to an accident. AP Photo/DC Comics

THE AUTHORITY TAKES OVER THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AFTER IT CAN’T CONTAIN THE DISASTER IN FLORIDA

In Florida, the Authority are on the scene. Hawksmoor sends telepathic readings of a ship breaching the Bleed. Swift thinks it’s a meteor shower. However, Apollo realizes that it’s not a meteor shower, it’s giants. Swift identifies that it’s a shiftship six times bigger than the Carrier with hundreds of hull breaches.

Its crew are giants falling to the Earth like meteors. Midnighter says they have about 10 minutes until the shiftship lands on Earth, a collision worse than the meteor that extinguished the dinosaurs. The Doctor cannot affect the shiftship with his magic so he stretches out time. The Authority uses doors to evacuate the population of Florida. But that is not enough. The ship hits Florida and millions die.

 

In 'Coup D'etat' (2004) #1, the shiftship's crew are falling on re-entry to Florida through hull breaches.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the shiftship’s crew are falling on re-entry to Florida through hull breaches. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Florida has been turned into an archipelago with Key West. Aboard the Carrier, the Engineer informs Hawksmoor that the Giants are an extra-dimensional race, from a universe billions older than the Wildstorm universe. They are known as the Vigil and they are the first species to use the Bleed. They collect information and observe the multiverse.

The shiftship was headed for the Gathering, when “all new knowledge is collected to their planet.”1 The Vigil have never gone to war and it is unclear what their response to the catastrophe would be. Later at night, the Authority makes an announcement on a jumbotron, Hawksmoor declares the Authority are going to take over the U.S. government.

In 'Coup D'Etat' (2004) #1, the Authority takes over the U.S. government over its attempt to conquer the Bleed.
In ‘Coup D’Etat’ (2004) #1, the Authority takes over the U.S. government because of its attempt to travel to the Bleed. AP Photo/DC Comics

SPARTAN WARNS THE AUTHORITY AS TO THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS

In ‘Coup D’Etat: Wildcats’ (2004) #1, former WILDC.a.t.s. members intervene in the U.S. government conspiracy. Members of the HALO Corporation, Jack Marlowe (Spartan), Edwin Dolby and Grifter are concerned over recent events. The wheelchair-bound Grifter recruits Edwin Dolby for a mission. Together, they head to a former supervillain, now weapons dealer codenamed Warmaker. Grifter first attempts to woo Warmaker in order to retrieve a weapon. Sensing that there is no money involved, but rather an exchange, Warmaker shoots Grifter.

Grifter evades from his wheelchair, and shoots Warmaker in the head, killing him. Then, he calls Dolby and together they head behind the bookcase in Warmaker’s study. They find a massive negative gamma particle. Grifter tells Jack his plan: He plans to have Jack teleport the WMD into the Bleed to trigger a singularity and send the Authority to a parallel universe. Jack does not agree to Grifter’s plan and says the Authority’s conspiracy is likely temporary. Later, Jack appears on the Authority’s carrier in hologram form. They have an argument and taking the form of Spartan, he warns them of the consequences of their actions.

In 'Coup D'Etat' (2004) #1, Spartan warns the Authority of the consequences of their actions.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Wildcats’ (2004) #1, Spartan in hologram form warns the Authority of the consequences of their actions. AP Photo/DC Comics

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WITH CONTROL OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, THE AUTHORITY FACES AN ALIEN INVASION BY THE VIGIL

In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, the Authority have to contend with the consequences of the government conspiracy. The Authority have taken over the U.S. government: NORAD is under their control, they have disabled nuclear weapons, the NAVY has been de-commissioned, the Engineer disabled the Air Force and the Army. The Authority has dismantled the U.S. armed forces in six hours. World leaders are in disarray and officially endorse the Authority.

Suddenly, the Vigil invade Earth. Hawksmoor orders the Carrier to start teleporting people out of Times Square similarly to the procedure in Florida. Hawksmoor, Apollo and Engineer head to Times Square, the Doctor heads to the White House and Midnighter has to negotiate the President’s resignation. The Authority arrive in Times Square and do battle. Apollo flies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet.”2 Hawksmoor negotiates the Vigil’s surrender. Finally, the whole team is teleported aboard the Carrier with the President.

In 'Coup D'Etat' (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil "faster than a speeding bullet."
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet”. AP Photo/DC Comics

They are showing video footage of the President’s attempt to conquer the Bleed. The Vigil comment on humanity’s potential for destruction and state they have not engaged in combat in 500 Earth years. The Engineer informs the Vigil that the Authority downloaded 60% of their shiftship’s data before it was destroyed. Asked what can prevent humanity from being a threat to the multiverse, Apollo incinerates President Kent with his heat vision. The Vigil calls the Authority “savages.” Then, they depart for the Bleed.

Swift remarks that President Kent was actually manipulated by outside forces. The Engineer says she manipulated the footage to place guilt on President Kent in order to ensure that the Vigil would stop their invasion of Earth and leave. Swift questions the decision and states that the Authority never compromises. At night, Hawksmoor proclaims the Authority as the new U.S. government. His first order of the day is to suspend democratic elections. After the broadcast, Midnighter asks what they do next.

In 'Coup D'Etat: The Authority' (2004) #1, Apollo murders President Kent with his heat vision.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo murders President Kent with his heat vision. AP Photo/DC Comics.

SOURCES

Coup d’État: Sleeper Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Coup d’État: Wildcats Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Coup d’État: The Authority Vol 1 1 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Coup D’Etat: Sleeper #1.
  2. Coup D’Etat: The Authority #1.