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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 216

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Joe Casey, Ed McGuinness and Brian Holguin’s Mr. Majestic!

Enjoy!

Mr. Majestic came out in 1999 and really, it pretty quickly became apparent that Joe Casey (and his co-writer, Brian Holguin) and artist Ed McGuinness were using the Superman-analogue, Majestic, to basically tell modern versions of old school Superman tales, and boy, did it work well!

It also made it very apparent that Ed McGuinness should be drawing Superman, and after just six issues on Majestic, that’s exactly what happened (Eric Canete came on for the last three issues of the series, which were also good, but I’m just going to spotlight the first six issues here).

The cliched description of Superman’s powers during the 1950s is that he could move worlds. So to riff on that idea, in the very first issue of Mr. Majestic, that’s exactly what Mr. Majestic does!

First off, check out Majestic’s sidekick, the boy genius Desmond. The story begins in the 1970s…

A nice bit by Casey and Holguin is the idea that Majestic discovers a giant entity that is coming to destroy the Milky Way. So the only way to stop it is to create a FAKE Milky Way. The problem is that doing such a thing, while something Majestic CAN do, it will take a loooong time, so the first issue shows what Majestic has been up to since the 1970s, and why he was pretty much “off the grid” during that time (Desmond becomes an adult genius during the first issue)…

It’s some pretty heady stuff, though, drawn beautifully by McGuinness…

The next five issues are a nice mixture of “out there” plots, beginning with a riff on 1950s Superman-esque plots, like a time travel story in #2…

and a return of Maxine Manchester, the cyborg Ladytron, from Alan Moore’s Wildcats run (Casey had a real affinity for Maxine)…

then a riff on Astro Boy…

then a group of evil aliens land on Earth…

then a story of the Ultra-Vixens, who try to seduce Majestic…

As you can see, this was an engaging, super-fun series with amazing McGuinness artwork.

I believe DC has collected these issues into a collection. Go get ‘em!

7 Comments

I loved this book, especially the first issue and the time-travel story. The collection I have is great because it also has the great Majestic at the end of time story by Alan Moore.

Also read this in the collection with the Alan Moore story tacked on. Really, really fun stuff. That first “earth-mover” story in particular is truly a ‘love letter’ to DC’s Silver Age.

Yeah, pretty great stuff. Joe Casey is my favorite post-Crisis Superman writer – But this was even better.

Wow so did Majestic end WW2 since he prevented Hiroshima? Or did hundreds of thousands of allied soldiers have to die instead?

Wow so did Majestic end WW2 since he prevented Hiroshima? Or did hundreds of thousands of allied soldiers have to die instead?

I believe the anomaly was dropping the bomb on MODERN day Hiroshima. So the original attack still happened, Majestic just kept it from happening AGAIN.

This was definitely a fun series. I was kinda bummed that Canete’s issues weren’t included in the trade. I’d like to see how Casey and Holguin’s story ends, after reading Chad’s take on it on his blog. Guess I’ll have to do some back issue hunting at some point.

LOVED THIS RUN. LOOOOVED IT.

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