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Mister Majestic
Mr Majestic 01 cover.jpg
Cover of the first issue
Publication information
Publisher WildStorm
First appearance WildC.A.T.s. #11 (June 1994)
Created by Jim Lee
H.K. Proger
In-story information
Alter ego Lord Majestros
Team affiliations WildC.A.T.S.
Team One
Notable aliases Jim McArest
Abilities
  • Genius-level intellect
  • Superhuman strength, speed, senses, stamina, and longevity
  • Flight
  • Laser vision
  • Micro vision
  • Ice breath
  • Invulnerability
  • Energy projection
  • Vacuum support
  • Limited Telekinesis
  • Skilled hand-to-hand combatant

Mister Majestic is a fictional character, a superhero who appears in comic books published by Wildstorm Productions. Created by H.K. Proger and Jim Lee, the character first appears in a backup story within WildC.A.T.s #11. One of the most powerful heroes in the WildStorm universe, he bears a strong, deliberate resemblance to DC Comics's Superman.[1][2][3]

Publication history[edit]

When Jim Lee was asked why he based Mr. Majestic so much on Superman, he stated that he was tired of seeing so many comic heroes who possessed great power but were too afraid to use it[citation needed]. Mr. Majestic possesses powers similar to those of Superman, but his personality is entirely different. Majestros has more militant views, as he is a Kheran warlord. The difference between the two is further portrayed when Majestros finds himself stuck on Superman’s Earth. The two manage to discuss their differing outlooks on the world around them: Majestic’s no-nonsense, all-business personality and Superman’s more subtle approach to things. Majestic reveals that he has put superhuman villains in stasis-prison without giving them a fair trial and getting into bouts with that world’s heroes, claiming he finds them dismayingly reticent.[citation needed]

Fictional character history[edit]

Lord Majestros was stranded on Earth along with his fellow Kherubim thousands of years ago as a result of a run-in with Daemonites in Earth-space. At the time of the crash to Earth, Majestic was a great and powerful warlord and commander of all Kherubim forces on the ship with him. Once on Earth, he devoted his life not only to the battle against the Daemonites, but to the fight against evil in all its forms. Majestros has fought on the side of good for so long that his exploits have been the basis of many myths and legends. He was seen defending Christians from lions at the Roman Colosseum when the WildC.A.T.s went back in time and he was also a member of The Big Three (along with The High and Maximum Man), a team that fought during World War II. Though he has been a hero for thousands of years, he only became a (costumed) superhero in the 1940s, and he is best known in the Wildstorm Universe for his adventures in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Majestic has a secret base of operations inside Mount Rushmore, analogous to Superman's "Fortress of Solitude".

Team One[edit]

As Mr. Majestic, he was a member of International Operations' super-secret Team 1 in the early 60s but he left the public eye after the team’s first catastrophic mission. A Daemonite named Helspont made a move against humanity. He tried to start a nuclear war between the most powerful nations on Earth in order to get humans to destroy themselves so the planet would be empty for the Daemonites. Lord Emp (going by the name Saul Baxter at the time) persuaded the head of I.O. to make a super-powered team to combat the growing Daemonite force on US soil. As a part of Team 1, Majestic fought alongside Zealot, John Colt (the mind of Spartan), Think Tank (Henry Bendix), Slay, and Isaiah King (father of Battalion). As soon as the team was formed, they were sent into battle against Helspont, who had already seized control of a US missile base so he could get access to a nuke. Since Helspont wasn't acting alone, he was more dangerous than they had expected. Along with some Daemonites he had working for him, Helspont had also allied with a man that was known as Slaughterhouse Smith. Smith was a super-powered human that could shoot lasers from his eyes and hands as well as fly. He ran a large gang that pretty much owned New York. Helspont thought he would be good to have working with him so he recruited him and his men (one of which would go on to become Pike, a member of Helspont's second Cabal) to help him. As Helspont got ready to launch the missile, Team 1 arrived and a fight ensued. Team 1 was vastly outnumbered and things quickly got out of hand. Various Team 1 members paired up with named and unnamed villains on Helspont's side, but Helspont himself was locked in battle with Mr. Majestic. Helspont was winning and he launched the missile while he fought Majestic. Things went awry and Majestic had to kill John Colt and couldn't stop the missile from being launched. Fortunately, one member of the team (Regiment) jumped on the missile and destroyed it as it flew, possibly dying in the process. After the disaster that was Team 1, Majestros spent 30 years keeping a low profile somewhere above the Arctic Circle, away from the problems of the world.

WildC.A.T.s[edit]

Majestic’s return to Earth and its struggles came when Zealot and the WildC.A.T.s went to battle against an old enemy, the sorceress Tapestry. Savant called him in as backup for Zealot, who was planning on facing Tapestry by herself. If she lost, she would have turned evil and gained the power of a god, and Savant knew that Majestic was the only one who could stop her if that happened. Zealot won and since he wasn’t needed, Majestic left.

During the Wildstorm Rising event, Majestic met Union and after fighting each other, they worked together along with all the other Wildstorm heroes in a fight against the Daemonites over a space ship. The good guys won the fight and the WildC.A.T.s took the ship to Khera, but as they left there was a flash of light and everyone thought the WildC.A.T.s had died. In response, Savant got together with Majestic and started building a new team. They recruited Tao, Condition Red and Ladytron. During his tenure as leader of the WildC.A.T.s, Majestic leads his team in a completely new direction, brutally punishing criminals both superhuman and non-superhuman alike[4]}. These actions are influenced by his team-mate T.A.O., aka 'Tactically Augmented Organism'.[5] TAO's plans to devastate the team are eventually uncovered when Savant herself is tricked into stepping in front of Grifter's blaster fire and is critically wounded. Though distracted in combat, the Kheran returns to confront Tao deep within the sewers. Despite the entity's declaration that he has the cure for world hunger and many other of the world's ills, Majestic urges him to face his death with more nobility, and apparently incinerates Tao (although it was later revealed that Tao had “convinced” the shape-shifting Daemonite Mister White to stand in for him and die in his place).

After the crime war the other WildC.A.T.s informed the new team that the Daemonite war was over and while the group was figuring out what they should do, they were attacked by a Kherubim-hunter named Crusade. He was an enhanced human who was stronger and smarter than he appeared. He was able to go head-to-head with both groups of WildC.A.T.s, Majestic and Union. Savant beat him by messing with his head like Tao used to, and while he was out cold Zealot tried to kill him but Majestic stopped her. After this, Savant quit the team and Majestic left with her in order to protect her.

Savant Garde[edit]

Majestic’s life continued in "Savant Garde", a seven-part story in which Savant and Majestic searched for an ancient Mayan artifact. On the hunt for the artifact (a mask) they ran into others looking for it, among them, thugs working for Tapestry. Savant used the artifact to escape but ended up in an alternate dimension. Tapestry was the ruler of this dimension and the Katrina Cupertino (pre-Cybernary) there had led a rebellion. Her side had sent the artifact Savant had found to gather champions to fight for them, so Majestic became the leader they needed. He led the rebellion against Tapestry and they won. Eventually Majestic, Savant and a few others were able to get back to the Wildstorm world. It was during the series, it is revealed that Zealot becomes pregnant after the arranged night with Majestros. Her mother protects Zealot's wish to become a warrior by claiming to be the mother of the child, Kenesha herself, and Majestros is unaware of his true relationship towards Kanesha/Savant.

After the events of Savant Garde (and the WildC.A.T.s’ time traveling adventure) Majestic was asked by Grifter to be a reserve member of the team but was a little insulted by being considered a second-rate superhero.

Majestic: The Big Chill[edit]

In this story by Alan Moore,[6] Mr. Majestic survives until the end of the universe. Traveling from "The Place" with a small group of gods and immortals, Majestros travels the universe, looking for signs of life, but finding none. As the rest of the inhabitants prepare for the end of the universe, Mr. Majestic takes a small group out to continue exploring. A few drop out, freely choosing to go on no farther. In their search, they are confronted by a golden entity who manages to defeat Mr. Majestic and the last of his group. Facing death the entity reveals itself to be Hadrian (the Kherubim cyborg Spartan, leader of the WILD C.A.T.S). He then absorbs Majestic's consciousness into his mainframe. Upon seeing the dark, empty void of the universe, the fused mind of Majestic and Hadrian realize that at this single point at the end of all things any thought could be superconductive and collectively think "There really should be light." and the universe is reborn. It is unclear if Majestic survives the recreation in some new form. The story's end is essentially the same as "The Last Question", a science fiction short story published over 40 years earlier in 1956 by Isaac Asimov.

Solo series[edit]

Majestic's first solo series Mr. Majestic (2003) by Joe Casey and Brian Holguin revealed that he does not spend the majority of his time after Team One in solitude, but rather as a government agent confronting paranormal and cosmic anomalies aided by a gifted cybernetic boy named Desmond. In subsequent issues, much is revealed about Majestic’s time after the Cold War, spanning the intervening decades from the late 1960s to the early 2000s. The idea behind the series (according to creators Joe Casey and Brian Holguin) was to have a superhero that - since he was capable of doing just about anything – faces enormous threats that were only limited by imaginations of the writers. It also gave Majestic a chance to use other abilities (his astounding genius for one) and not just his super strength. The first issue takes place after Team One and well before Majestic's involvement with the WildC.A.T.s, but the rest of the series happens closer to that time. The first few issues are before, but starting with the one with Ladytron, the rest seem to be post-WildC.A.T.s

His first issue had him facing off against the Cosmic Negator, an immeasurable force of pure nihilistic energy, a threat he found out couldn’t really be defeated. Instead of trying to fight it, he decided to rearrange the stars, moons and planets in the solar system so it wouldn’t be what the entity was looking for. He had to invent gloves that would prevent planets from crumbling under their own mass as he moved them, as well as various machines to keep the Earth at its current environmental settings as he moved it across space. Majestic worked slowly so the alteration of the solar system wouldn't be noticed by those on Earth. The process took many years, but he succeeded in his efforts and the solar-system-devouring being was tricked into leaving Earth (and the rest of the system) alone. After bending space to his will, Mr. Majestic is forced to fight against time itself when a reality warping child puts the world in danger by moving objects (things like nuclear missiles, Vikings and Liberace) and events (the parting of the Red Sea for one) backwards and forwards through time with disastrous repercussions. Other adventures included going on a date with Ladytron, containing an intergalactic prison break and dealing with the Ultravixens, a group of super powered, outer space seductresses. One issue actually revealed something about Majestic’s past. Apparently, he had a son, Majestrate, and had brought him along with him on the Kherubim ship that crashed on Earth so long ago. In issue #4 Majestic gathered some pre-dimensional star-stuff from Otherspace to power the body of the robot he was to place Majestrate’s mind into. His son only lived for one issue though; the sleeping star that powered him was the only thing that could stop a pre-dimensional black hole that appeared on Earth, so he sacrificed himself. In the last few issues Majestic is invited to become of the Universals, (a group of godlike beings) where he would be given cosmic power so he could be on their level. He accepted, becoming a cosmic god and protector. After defeating an evil version of himself that was created by the process, he leaves Earth and the first solo series ends.

Strange Visitor[edit]

During a strange time-storm that was creating chaos in Metropolis, Superman went missing and Mr. Majestic was left in his place, sent there by a violent quantum event in which a long lost Daemonite scout pulled him through the Bleed (the realm between different dimensions). He immediately jumped into the empty role of protector of Metropolis, but was simultaneously looking for a way to get back home. The finest minds in the DC Universe tried to help him, but when Majestic saw their plan, he knew it would only make things worse. Eradicator was mad that Majestic didn’t like the plan that he, Steel and other scientists had come up with, so he trapped Majestic in the Phantom Zone. A furious Mr. Majestic escaped the Phantom Zone while Eradicator and Superboy were attempting the plan, which consisted of dropping a bomb in the time-storm. He stopped them and saved Metropolis.

Superman returns to Metropolis thanking Majestros for assuming his duties, but that his methods are too harsh. He suggests to Majestros that he needs a better perspective on humanity; and advises him to live among them from time to time. Majestic initially dismisses the notion, but later comes to embrace it. Assuming the alias Jim McArest (an anagram of "Mr. Majestic"), he rented a room from a school librarian, staying with her and her son. The Daemonite scout responsible for Majestic being stuck on DC’s Earth attacked and Majestic fought it with the help of the reprogrammed Eradicator. Afterwards, Eradicator and Superman helped Majestic get back to his world.

Third series[edit]

The second series (2005) was more connected to the rest of the Wildstorm Universe in that it dealt with characters other than just Majestic. It started after the short event where Majestic was trapped in DC’s Metropolis and replaced Superman. Majestic returned to his Earth with some help from Eradicator and Superman. His home devoid of all life but plants, without any clue as to what happened to remove all human life from the planet. With Superman and the Eradicator forced to return to their home universe, Majestic must investigate this situation alone.

He found out that a space ship had taken every living thing off the planet and went off to pursue it. After months of pursuit, Majestic boards a ship containing Earth's population along with the populations of dozens of other planets, all in stasis. He finds an alien race called the Plenary, a civilization of refugees who inhabit a derelict area of the vast ark. Majestic programmed the ship to return the trillions of aliens it had taken from other planets, and returns the population of the Earth, only to find it has been conquered by Daemonites entering the dimensional gate he left open, and that a year has passed. In addition to controlling the world, the Daemonites were using Kheran planet-shaper engines to adapt the planet to their needs. Realizing that continuing the fight would be futile, Majestic uses the power of the Void contained within his possessed friend, Spartan to travel back in time before the Daemonite conquest.

Returning to this past Earth, Majestic seals the hole in the Bleed which the Daemonites had used to enter his reality, then sets out to discover the origins of the Kherubim technology cached on the Earth. With Desmond and Zealot, Majestic finds a tunnel leading deeply into the planet, laced with Kherubim technology. He confronts James Wyvern, owner of Pacificon, and secretly Lord Helspont of the Daemonites. Desmond is assimilated into the core of the Planet Shaper engine, and Helspont infiltrates it, causing the display of a holographic tutorial revealing the ancient Kherubim seeded these devices across countless worlds, subjugating the native life and fostering their own evolutionary growth. However, this process was sometimes unsuccessful, as in the case of the Daemonites.

Before the tutorial can be completed though, a signal from the Shaper's Guild causes the device to shut down. Majestic and Zealot meet Javen, a former friend of Majestic, who is now a Master Motile of the Shaper's Guild. He offer to assist Majestic in seizing rule of Khera, and fight the corruption that has plagued the planet since the end of the Daemonite War. This offer is revealed to conceal the Shaper's Guild's true intent - to use Majestic's pure genestock and the planet shaper to forge a new Khera on Earth. As Majestic's recent temporal adventures have ruined his genetic structure, the Shaper's Guild ploy fails, rendering him useless for those purposes, Javen then seeks a secondary source in Majestic's daughter, Savant, seizing her and place her within the Planet Shaper machine.

Meanwhile, a force of the Coda and a Kherubrim warlord, Lord Khull Imperator, arrives to oppose the actions of the Shaper's Guild. Majestic, having escaped from the Shaper's Guild with the help of Spartan and allies with Helspont in his own mission against the Shaper's. Eventually Javan is defeated by Savant, though only after having injured Zealot, and killed Harmony. Majestic and Desmond use the full immersion holographic systems of the Planet Shaper to fool and eventually incapacitate Imperator, who seeks to gain the Planet Shaper for his own ends. In the simulation, Imperator seemingly engages the engine by accident, separating it from the Earth, which causes it to catastrophically fail, destroying the planet and himself with it.

Majestic thwarts Helspont's desire to access the device only by continually changing the access codes to the system, and eventually reaches the limits of his endurance. At that moment, all animal life vanishes from Earth, causing the Planet Shaper to shut down - a result of the mysterious ark Majestic had already defeated in his sojourn to the future. Due to temporal poisoning Majestic dies, disintegrating into little white slivers which blow past the Majestic who first returns to the Wildstorm universe with Superman and the Eradicator at the beginning of the series.

Nemesis[edit]

In the 2005 nine-part mini-series Wildcats: Nemesis much of Majestic's past (both on Khera and on Earth) was revealed. A Kherubim female called Nemesis was revealed to be going around killing people for some unknown reason. Majestic and the Wildcats went to check it out and got involved in a plot that had been going on since before the Kherubim first crashed to Earth.

Majestic and Nemesis had met on Khera when she tried to steal his sword. After he caught her, they soon became friends and lovers, and Majestic was able to get her Coda training, something an Adrastean like Charis (her real name) was normally not allowed. Unfortunately, since Charis was an Adrastea (apparently a lower caste than the High Lords), Majestic being with her was frowned upon so they had to stay together in secret. Kheran politicians, trying to make peace for their planet, chose Majestic to sleep with Zealot, an act that would unite the two most powerful factions on the planet, the Pantheon and the Coda. Majestic felt it was his duty as a Kherubim to do what he was asked of him for the sake of Khera, but the politicians would have blackmailed him by threatening to tell others about Charis if he didn't. Because of his "duty" Majestic and Charis separated, though they still loved each other. They ended up on Earth together though when their ship crashed on the planet. Charis was part of the Coda but was betrayed by another faction (led by her new man Raven) the Brotherhood of the Blade. The Brotherhood had joined with some rogue Daemonites in a plan to overthrow both their people. The first step of this plan was to kill the Coda and frame Charis. They did, leaving only Charis (and Zealot, who had left before the attack) alive among the original Coda. After this, both Zealot and Majestic swore to hunt down Charis (now Nemesis), not knowing that she had also sworn to avenge her sisters. The whole betrayal had taken place in Ancient Greece, and Nemesis hadn't been seen since. It wasn't until 2005 that Majestic found her.

Majestic, Zealot, Savant, and Grifter found Nemesis in the middle of killing some Brotherhood assassins, though the Wildcats didn't know that was who they were. After she had killed them, the 'Cats tried to stop her from kidnapping a child that was with the men, but Nemesis made short work of the team. She even managed to cut Majestic with a sword (the blade of the sword was made from the metal of a machine that was created to destroy the universe and could cut through anything). She escaped with the child (named Kara) but Majestic and the team eventually find her.

Before the Wildcats could arrive though, Daemonites found Charis and Kara and managed to take them by surprise, but she was able to hold her own until Majestic arrived looking to take Kara back and to kill Charis. After surrounding herself and Kara with a forcefield, Charis blew up the building, with Daemonites and Majestic caught in the explosion. Majestic survived though and used his former relationship with Nemesis to take her down.

Majestros took both of them to a Halo Corporation building in New York City. While there, Charis revealed the truth behind her “betrayal” and also explained what was going on with the girl. The Brotherhood (and their Daemonite allies) had been mutating humanity (by polluting water all over the world) since they had betrayed the Coda and their people in Ancient Greece. The girl was created as an activator to trigger the mutations so Nemesis was keeping her safe so the Brotherhood couldn't use her to control humanity. Majestic and Zealot accepted her story (after some tests of their own), but before Nemesis could be released, a Brotherhood spacecraft (a Bladeship) emerged from a Bleed portal and fired hundreds of projectiles into the Halo building with the Wildcats (and Nemesis) inside.

The projectiles were Scimitars, Brotherhood/Shaper hybrids, living weapons born and bred to kill. Majestros saved Nemesis at the last minute from being cut in half by a Scimitar. While Majestic was fighting some of the Scimitars, Kara was kidnapped and the Bladeship attacked. After the Brotherhood ship bombarded the building with plasma cannons, Charis was the last one standing, thanks to her force field. Following the Scimitar that had captured Kara onto the ship, she came face to face with Raven, the leader of the Brotherhood. She was too late to stop him from activating the girl, and the resulting blast knocked her off the flying ship and to the ground.When she awoke, she was with Majestic, Zealot, Grifter and Savant. It was then that Majestic and Zealot called a truce with Nemesis and offered her the chance to finally avenge her slain sisters of the Coda. Majestic, Nemesis and the Wildcats battled the human mutates in New York City, while other Wildstorm teams fought mutates all over America.

Savant located the Brotherhood's battleship in space, and teleported all the Wildcats (except Majestic) using the Halo Corporation teleportation system. On board they found that Raven had the entire population of New Jersey frozen in status pods as hostages. He was ready to kill them if the Wildcats didn't surrender. Nemesis, being a Coda warrior, was unable to surrender, and threw out some special grenades, taking out the Brotherhood and buying time for her to send the hostages back to Earth and set the ship to self-destruct. Nemesis was able to locate Kara and free her, but she was attacked by a Daemonite and was about to be shot. Grifter, deeply in lust with Nemesis, took the hit for her. Savant tried to teleport the team back, but there weren't enough beacons to get them all back, so Nemesis gave hers to Kara. She also gave Grifter a goodbye kiss and told Zealot to tell Majestros that had she not sacrificed herself, she would have showed him what he was missing for the past three millennia.

After the Wildcats were gone, Charis faced off against Raven. Raven also had a blade forged from the material that allowed Charis' blade to cut through anything, so when they fought, it was especially dangerous. They fought and Nemesis won, but in killing Raven, she had damaged the ship and she was sucked out into open space. It was then that Majestic returned, saving her from certain death since the forcefields she had activated when she was sucked out, were losing power. Back at the Halo Corporation building in New York City, Majestros asked Charis to stay with him and be with him as well as join the Wildcats. She turned him down, and after one last kiss went on her way to more adventures.

The mini-series also revealed some previously unknown information about Majestic's background: (1.) Majestic had been romantically involved with Charis, (2.) Majestic and Zealot's night together had been politically arranged for peace on Khera, (3.) Majestic was once a cowboy in the Old West, (4.) he had been (and technically still is) the leader of all Kherubim on Earth.

The exact timing of the events that took place in the Captain Atom: Armageddon miniseries are unsure as a result of Mr. Majestic's time travel. The beginning includes events that shouldn't have occurred since time was rewritten. However, it can be said for sure that the story came after everything else, since at the end of Armageddon, the Wildstorm Universe was destroyed and restarted, leaving no time for anything else.[original research?]

Captain Atom: Armageddon and "WorldStorm"[edit]

During Captain Atom: Armageddon, Majestic tries to pierce the mysteries about the sudden appearance of DC hero Captain Atom in the Wildstorm Universe, and his inability to travel back to the main DC Universe. Majestic still remembers the events of his universe-hopping adventures, essentially referring to Superman as a "good guy". Majestic also learned that if Captain Atom was not returned to his Earth, he would start a reaction that would destroy the entirety of the Wildstorm Universe. Furthermore, he also learned that the universe would be destroyed even if Captain Atom were to die. The Authority tried to help Captain Atom to prevent the destruction of their universe, but only caused a violent reaction between Atom and Void; the Authority, unaware of Majestic's findings, attempted to kill Captain Atom. Majestic is one of the last heroes witnessing a Void-empowered Captain Atom kill off Jenny Quantum, Apollo and Midnighter, and present while the "true" Void sends the DC Universe hero back to his world, resetting Wildstorm's continuity to restore the fallen heroes and alter their backstories to make them more human and willing to cooperate with humanity.

Majestic appeared briefly in the first volume of the Wildstorm universe relaunch WildCats but not much was known about this new incarnation except that he wore a helmet now. He arrived in time to save Zealot from a horde of Daemonites by turning them into ash and vapor with one blast from his eyes. He then fell to his knees and told her that he had gazed over the rim of the universe and seen the future and that Earth was in trouble. According to Grant Morrison, the writer behind this new chapter in the Wildcats history, Majestic has been re-imagined as a mercenary superhero that's done everything a superhero could ever do "from the beginning of time to the end and into other dimensions and beyond." He continues to fight evil in all its forms wherever he finds it, but is now "more existential and alienated, pondering the great questions of life, death and being."

After that, Majestic appeared in crossovers such as the Countdown to Final Crisis crossover Countdown Presents: The Search For Ray Palmer: Wildstorm.

"World's End"[edit]

In the 2008-2009 crossover storyline "World's End", Majestic appeared in the future, to which Nemesis had been sent by Void in order to learn how to prevent the impending Armageddon. During this, he attempted to help Nemesis avert Armageddon, and also came into conflict with the Wilcats over his effort to create a "New Khera" in Hawaii, which he planned to combine Kheran and Earth technology to shape the survivors into a proud starfaring race as once the Kheran were, since in his eyes Kheran themselves had gone soft. Because Majestic had been near Hawaii when the world ended he had protected it, though the Wildcats fear that Majestic has acted in a dictatorial manner.

Since resources are rapidly dwindling after the Armageddon, Majestic fought the Wilcats for resources and manpower. Upon settling down their differences in a more peaceful manner, Majestic asks Nemesis, Backlash, Maul and Warblade to join his utopian society, reasoning that two fertile Kheran females, and the last Shaper and Titanthrope on Earth could improve the general population gene pool, while the now infertile Zealot, the antisocial Grifter and Ladytron, the self-sufficient sentient robot Spartan and the half-daemonite Voodoo are far too unpredictable to come with him, and able to thrive in the ruined Earth without outside help. None of the WildCATs take him up on his offer, but many of the humans under their care that meet Majestic's standards choose to leave with him.[7]

The New 52[edit]

Majestic makes his debut in issue #6 of Team 7. The primary objective of The Majestic Project - and agent John Lynch’s assembly of Team 7 - was the creation of a powerful superhuman “weapon” capable of neutralizing metahuman threats. This was achieved once the Gamorran controlled cyborg, Spartan, executed its primary command activating team member James Bronson’s dormant metagene and thereby transforming him into Majestic.

Majestic is currently being held at A.R.G.U.S. 's maximum-security detainment facility called The Circus.

Khera[edit]

Khera is the planet that all the Kherubim in the various Image and Wildstorm titles originate from. To outsiders, Khera seems like a utopia, with its highly advanced technology, crime-free cities and fair government. In reality this is the furthest thing from the truth. Despite how things may have been in the past, present-day Khera is a planet populated by elitists. They live in a system that separates people by race, sex, species and type of superhuman ability. There are three types of being that are considered true Kherubim on Khera. All their physical attributes are superhuman and they extremely long lived. The Pantheon (of which Mr. Majestic is a member) are the "most highly evolved members of the Kheran nobility". The Coda (of which Zealot is a member) are females who are trained from birth to be warriors. The Pantheon and the Coda make up the government of Khera and are usually in opposition. The Pantheon prefers to ignore their violence-filled past and strive for intellectual and scientific advances. The Coda feels they should always be ready for war and actively looking to conquer others. The Titanthropes minority vote is courted by both parties. In both groups there are Lords, beings with vast psychic powers and the ability to control energy.[citation needed] The last group is the Shaper’s Guild. The Shapers are all like Warblade; they can turn their bodies into liquid metal, shape it, and harden it into various bladed weapons as well as create projectiles. They are the architects and engineers of Khera. There are also sentient robots like Spartan that are used for personal protection. The Titanthropes, or Titans, are the original race of Khera. They live underground and are used for heavy labor. Maul is a Titan-human hybrid. They are treated unfairly by the “true” Kherubim and not considered as good as even the human-Kherubim hybrids, but they are not as bad off as the Daemonites. After the war, all Daemonites were made slaves. They are the lowest of society and live in the hidden ghettos of Khera.

Every Kherubim is a member of one of seven military factions. Membership is decided when a Kherubim is born and is connected to the type of being each Kherubim is. Since Majestic is a member of the Kherubim Pantheon, he is automatically a Warlord, basically the captains of the Kheran army that lead other Kherubim into battle and thanks to their amazing abilities can handle the biggest threats on their own. He was bred to be a Warlord and has proven himself to be a great leader and warrior, even becoming the commander of an entire fleet and ranking Kherubim on all of Earth.

In Majestic, Mr. Majestic's second solo series, the true history of Khera and the Kherubim was revealed. The original Kherubim came from somewhere else a long time ago and the Kherubim race that exists now are just copies, made and distributed through space thanks to Kherubim Technology. The first Kherubim created Planet-Shapers, massive terraforming machines that could be sent to suitable planets and through a long process of genetic alteration, would rebuild the Kherubim race there. The Planet-Shapers would land on a still-forming planet and stay dormant beneath the mantle until sentient life evolved on the planet. At this point, the Planet-Shaper would release Kherubim (made inside the machine from "pure Kherubim gene-stock" it carried) and the natural sentient race of the planet would be made into a servitor race. To ensure that the new Kherubim flourished, the Planet-Shapers would restructure climate and geographic conditions to best suit the Kherubim. Also, giant robots would come from the Planet-Shapers and kill most of the servitor race, thinning down their numbers so they would never pose a threat to the new Kherubim. Sometimes the native sentient race was considered "unusable or deviant" and therefore had to be destroyed. The Daemonites (the Kherubim's worst enemy) are just a slave species that were able to fight back. The only people that know this secret history are Mr. Majestic, Zealot and Helspont.

Family[edit]

In the past, Majestic and Zealot had a relationship and ended up with a child. The child was Savant. She could not be a warrior and a mother so Zealot gave her daughter to her mother and pretended that she and Savant were sisters. She told Majestic the child did not survive and since most Kherubim can’t have children, he didn’t question her. She knew the truth however and out of shame, usually avoids Majestic when she can and acts like she’s angry at him when she can't. (In Mr. Majestic's second solo series the truth was revealed to him, but exactly what he did with the information is unknown. The revelation might have been undone after Worldstorm so the Majestic/Zealot/Savant relationship may be a secret again. Further, the version of Majestic that had discovered this truth died shortly after the discovery due to unshielded time travel, and there is no reason to think the remaining version would have discovered this information). Sometime after this Majestic had a son he named Majestrate with a Kheran woman [8] who is never named. Majestrate was on the Kherubim ship when it crashed on Earth and he died. Thousands of years later Majestic resurrected him by putting a copy of his mind into a robot he powered with pre-dimensional star-stuff he gathered from a dimension called Otherspace. The reborn boy brought Majestic great happiness but not for long. When Majestic had taken the star-stuff it caused reaction that ended up creating something like a black hole on Earth. The only way to correct it was for Majestrate to throw himself into it. Majestic didn’t want him to, but the boy wouldn’t be stopped, he sacrificed himself to save the planet, throwing his father into a deep depression.

Personality[edit]

The reason Majestic acts the way he does is because of his massive ego. He knows that he’s a full-blooded Kherubim Lord and likes others to know it too. He feels it’s his duty to protect those who aren’t as great as him, which in his eyes is everyone. In fact, he believes he’s so superior to the people on this planet that he won’t even have relationships with human women. Because he was born and trained as a Kheran Warlord, Mr. Majestic has very draconian views on the way things should be. He has power so he uses it, and he rarely, if ever, holds back against his enemies. When he was stuck in Metropolis, he took a stand against criminals in a way Superman never had, throwing them in stasis without giving them fair trials, even having to take on the Justice League when they showed their disapproval. Mr. Majestic does what he knows is right, whether other people want him to or not.

Being a scientist, Majestic is incredibly curious, which has come back to bite him more than once, most notably when his study of a Daemonite outpost resulted in him being stuck in the DC universe. Majestros invests most of his time (when not battling the forces of evil) shut off from others. He doesn't socialize with heroes or civilians and as a result is very distant. His biggest flaw is his inability to relax and get in touch with the world. One of the times he was really able to let loose and enjoy himself was when he was able to bring his son back to life, but when Majestrate died saving the world, Majestic returned to his normal self.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Majestic possesses great strength, speed, flight, eyebeams, a genius-level intellect, micro vision, ice breath, the ability to survive in space and is invulnerable. He can also project energy from his hands and, in one instance, used this to levitate items. His strength and durability can vary greatly from story to story, but the majority of his appearances portray him with powers fairly similar to those of Superman. Like all Kherubim, he is enormously long-lived if not immortal. Majestic is a Kherubium High Lord, though this seems to be a political or royal title rather than an indication of power[citation needed].

Most members of the Kherubim Pantheon have been shown to have a combination of at least some of these powers: super strength, super speed, super senses, incredible levels of durability and healing, energy manipulation, psychic powers, flight (in and out of space), hand blasts, laser vision, ice breath and longevity. While Majestic has all these powers, their levels are much higher than any other Kherubim for reasons that are unknown. It has been said that he was enhanced by aliens called the D'rahn (beings capable of prompting evolution in other creatures) in an act called "Enlightenment", but there are no other details. Also, his powers aren’t always as strong as they have been shown. For most of his WildC.A.T.s appearances his strength, speed and intelligence, while still great, were not at such levels as they are in his other appearances. Later books have him doing things like easily moving planets, flying through the center of the sun, moving at faster-than-light-speeds for months at a time and building complex machines in nanoseconds. Unlike most heroes with super strength, Majestic has also been trained to use bladed weapons with great skill and is a master of armed and unarmed combat. In the armor he wears on his shoulders, he carries an invisibility suit, a double-bladed invisible sword and pills that take away his powers in case he needs to work stealthily in places where his power signature would give him away. He can infiltrate areas with even the highest security in order to take them down from the inside. Majestic is a Kherubim Lord and all Lords have psychic abilities. He hasn’t shown much in the way of offensive uses psychic powers, but he has immense amounts of raw psychic power and potential and has been able to resist the efforts of other psychics. He has used telekinesis as well but only on one occasion.

Aside from his physical strength and psychic powers, Majestic is a genius. His intelligence (and control over his body) allows him to use his powers in unique ways. For example, he once displayed that he knows how to manipulate photons and transmit information and data with his eye beams and used this ability to rewrite Eradicator's genetic code (subatomic programming), giving him cross-dimensional awareness. He's also used his laser vision to turn a star ingot into a replacement for the sun as well as alter the composition of Jupiter on a pre-atomic level. By using his intelligence with his super speed he can create things he imagines within seconds. Two of his named inventions were the Molecular Disentangler, used to detach a shape shifter's mind from the building it was controlling; and Planet Movers, gloves that let him move planets without them being destroyed by their own weight. Majestic has also built ships for interstellar travel, sentient machines, bombs, mechanical combat suits and other things using scrap metal and other basic resources. He usually has access to highly advanced Kherubim Technology that he can use, but sometimes he doesn't and has to make do with what he can find. To aid in his creating, he built a Kherubim Forge powered by “pure primal energy operating in tandem with arcane alien metallurgy”. When faced with obstacles that can’t be overcome with brute strength, Majestic can evaluate a situation to find the proper solution and implement it correctly. He is knowledgeable in many fields (including physics, cosmology, chemistry, engineering, biology, earth and alien technology) and has more than once shown himself to be as smart as, if not smarter than, the most brilliant minds on his and even other planets. When he met and became one of the Universals, Majestic inherited his father's position as a guardian of Life itself. As a result, his powers were raised to even higher levels. When he returned to Earth after other adventures he said that he'd gotten over being a Universal. He no longer carried the title, but he didn't lose his powers. Mr. Majestic also has the ability to alter reality, but has only done so twice. The first time was in order to trick a universe devouring entity and the second was when all of creation was coming to an end and he and the three other beings at the end of time wanted to create a new universe. Kherubim are able transcend their natural states and become things known as High Lords. What exactly being a High Lord entails isn't known (when Emp, another Kherubim did it, he seemingly died in a burst of energy and hasn't been heard from again), but Majestic becoming a Universal has been referenced since then as him reaching that state of being.

When he is transported to Metropolis, he says that he is able to sense that he is in a different universe, though it is unclear if this is a specific ability or just a quickly drawn conclusion. Majestros demonstrated this power again in Countdown: The Search for Ray Palmer: Wildstorm. Majestic is able to sense the presences of Kyle Rayner, Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Bob the Monitor in his universe and is able to locate them before they are beaten by the Authority.

Majestic is also a skilled warrior, especially in the use of bladed weapons like most Kherubim warriors.

When Majestic and the WildC.A.T.s were being attacked by a shape-shifting building, he scans it on a molecular level and decides he needs to go build something. On the very next page, he's returned. He's researched and built a brand new piece of technology almost instantly (the time it took to build the machine is measured in nanoseconds and thousandths of a second). In Savant Garde, Majestic and Savant are sent to an alternate Earth heavy in magic users. He shows some major magical resistance here, ignoring powerful magical blasts being thrown at him. He even gets turned to stone and has turned himself back to normal by the next page. During issue #1 of Mr. Majestic, he moves around the solar system and performs a variety of feats. Aside from moving around planets, Majestic uses his eye-beams to change the chemical composition of Jupiter, catches a comet and adds it as another planet to the solar system, and spends weeks in the center of the sun. Before he leaves he does something involving ancient rituals and secret equations to become one with the cosmos. It only takes moment, but in that time he’s able to alter reality to create a brand new sun. In the same issue, he flies (under his own power) out of the Milky Way Galaxy and back to Earth in less than a year, which puts him somewhere around a few thousand times faster than light. After a ship the size of a mountain crashes on Earth, he picks it up and flies it to Pluto in under two hours. Majestic moved a literal mountain-sized object at multiples of light speed. He also traveled from Earth to Saturn in less time than it took one of his enemies to utter a sentence. At one point, Majestic is transported to the DC Universe. In Metropolis, he flies into a diner for some coffee and realizes he has no money. To pay for his drink, he crushes carbon from a pencil into diamonds. When attacked by an upgraded Eradicator later on, Majestic uses his laser vision to manipulate photons in order to reprogram Eradicator in mere moments. In addition to super strength, super speed, super intelligence, multi-purpose laser vision, and energy/matter manipulation powers, Majestic also has super senses. He uses his eyesight to detect the radiation of an active nuclear warhead. When sent to the DCU, he senses the difference between dimensions. He also is able to detect the difference in the atomic structure of matter and also measure the disturbance in causality and the way time flows. He is also able to see the Kirlian auras (life force) of the people around him. One of the greatest examples of his durability was when he stood at the center of an explosion that destroyed Earth and the Moon, and survived.

Superhumans in the WildStorm Universe are apparently categorised into named "classes". Characters such as Apollo and The High are considered to be "Majestic-Class superhumans", presumably a class based on Majestros himself.

In other media[edit]

  • Majestic appeared in the WildC.A.T.S. cartoon, where he is portrayed as a fanatic who wants to defeat the Daemonites, find an alien artifact call the "Orb," and conquer the galaxy. He was the reason the Kherubim and Daemonites crashed on earth.
  • A Mister Majestic figure from Playmates Toys was released in 1995.[9]

External links[edit]

Collected editions[edit]

As well as appearing in the WildC.A.T.s volumes his solo adventures have been collected in a number of trade paperbacks:

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ugo.com/the-goods/mister-majestic
  2. ^ http://whatculture.com/comics/11-heroic-comic-book-characters-powerful-superman.php/2
  3. ^ http://io9.com/5577697/who-has-the-best-knockoffs-and-parodies-superman-or-the-fantastic-four
  4. ^ WildC.A.T.S. 21-34 collected as Alan Moore's Complete WildC.A.T.S
  5. ^ Ibid. Chapter 12
  6. ^ Moore, Alan (1997), Wildstorm Spotlight featuring Majestic #1, Wildstorm
  7. ^ WildCats #2, (2008)
  8. ^ In WildC.A.T.S. (vol. 1) #25 Majestic states that he has never had a relationship with an Earth human
  9. ^ http://www.figurerealm.com/checklist.php?action=checklist&seriesid=361&figures=wildcats