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

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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.

Image Day Series: WILDC.A.T.s. Face The Kherubim/Daemonite War

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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.

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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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SOURCES

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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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

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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.