By:Tony Whitt
Review Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2005

With the aid of Kal-El and Eradicator, Majestros has returned to his own universe, only to find that every single human being on the planet is missing. On top of that, there are alien war machines hiding out all over the place. Time is running out for Superman and Eradicator to return to their own world, so Majestic must find out what's behind the disappearances and the war machines alone.

Trust Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning to create the sort of set-up that can get even a non-Wildstorm fan reading. While it might help to know that Wildstorm hero Majestic has been stranded in the DC Universe for ages now, it's not absolutely necessary to get into this first issue. Seemingly, Abnett and Lanning feel the same way very little in this issue is devoted to exposition, apart from the bare minimum needed to establish that life on Earth has temporarily vanished and that there are baddies hanging around. The rest is given over to non-stop, full-out action of the sort that contemporary comics can rarely boast.

Luckily, in Neil Googe and Trevor Scott, Abnett and Lanning have an artistic team that can handle that sort of frenetic pace. Granted, Googe and Scott's artwork takes some getting used to the backgrounds are crystal-sharp while the characters, especially Superman, are handled a bit less sharply but once you do, it becomes clear that their style is well-suited to the "action first" ethos of this book. Every single splash page and half-page image, of which there are many, from the beginning of the book until the very end, feels "earned". It should be interesting to see what future issues of this book look like. Oh, yeah, and to find out what happened to all those missing people, too. Yeah.

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Mania Grade: B
Issue: 1
Authors: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, Neil Googe, Trevor Scott
Publisher: Wildstorm
Price: $2.95