THE MIGHTY "MISTER MAJESTIC" RE-READ, PART ONE OF TWO
"Mister Majestic" was a WildStorm title from 1999 that came out just around the time DC was buying up WildStorm. After a particularly memorable turn written by Alan Moore, the WildC.A.T.s character debuted in his own series from a trio of young comic aspirants: Brian Holguin, Joe Casey and Ed McGuinness.
Brian Holguin had come up through Top Cow, writing "Cyber Force" and a book called "Stone" nobody remembers that Whilce Portacio drew. He also had a turn writing "KISS Psycho Circus" for Todd McFarlane.
Joe Casey was the new hotness -- really, "Wizard" had even profiled him -- at Marvel writing "Cable" and "The Incredible Hulk."
Ed McGuinness had a star-making turn on "Deadpool," of course, as well as Rob Liefeld's "Fighting American."
In the summer of 1999, they joined forces on "Mister Majestic" for a memorable six-issue run.
The series, itself, ran 9 issues. Those last three were drawn by Eric Canete, who would then disappear into the world of animation, popping up in comics here and there. His latest, "RunLoveKill" is two issues into its run at Image right now. I'm not going to review his issues of "Mister Majestic" here just because, honestly, I can't find them. I know I have them somewhere. When I do finally come across them, I'll do a follow-up...
This week, I'll look at the first three issues of the series. Next week, we'll wrap it up with some extra bonus goodies. Let's get started:
ISSUE #1: "Cosmology"
- Amongst his strengths, Joe Casey gives great interviews.
- You know how Roy Lichtenstein ripped off classic comic book art, blew it up large, and called it "art" to the tune of some big bucks, without ever giving credit or payment to the original artists? Here's another questionable character doing the same with -- Instagram portraits.
- "Avengers: Age of Ultron" didn't make as much money in its opening weekend as the original did, spewing a multitude of articles that concluding everything from "Joss Whedon has lost it" to "Joss Whedon has always been a sham" to "The movie stinks" and "The era of the superhero movie is over; people are bored of it."
This week, "Age of Ultron" crossed the billion dollar mark in worldwide box office sales. That's the kind of failure we should all aspire to.
- Speaking of which, Devin Faraci's analysis of the character arcs of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a must read. Pass it along to anyone who says the movies are stale, repetitive, and show no character.
- Etsy is still dealing with the dealers using its site that sell counterfeit goods. With Etsy now a public company, there's a renewed sense of urgency at the company to work on that problem. Let's see if other sites with similar issues work harder to clean themselves up, too.