Today’s Batman homage is one I really don’t know much about: Midnighter. Midnighter aka Lucas Trent (if that’s his real name) first appeared in Stormwatch back in 1998 for Wildstorm. He has the dark suit motif and can kick buttloads of butt. That’s where the similarities more or less stop though. He does have superpowers like enhanced strength, speed, and durability. He also has the ability to know what a person is going to do before he does it. He also normally kills his villains which is something Batman doesn’t tend to do. Lastly, he’s known for being of the more prominent gay superheroes. For a time, he was actually married to Apollo, a Superman homage that I looked at in September.
I did have one issue of his (Midnighter #10) that I was going to look at but I honestly couldn’t tell what the heck was going on in it. Seriously, I didn’t get what was going on. Instead, I found another issue that I picked up in the cheap bins months ago. Midnighter: Armageddon #1 tied into an event that Wildstorm was going through back in 2007. Essentially, Void from the WildC.A.T.S. was going around to different heroes and showing them a horrible future that they had to prevent. Christos Gage is the writer. Pencils and inks were done by Simon Colbey.
Midnighter: Armageddon #1
Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Simon Colbey
Colors: Wildstorm FX
Letters: Travis Lanham
Editors: Kristy Quinn and Ben Abernathy
"A Failed World"
The story starts out on the Carrier (their headquarters in space) with Midnighter coming off from a mission. He’s about to clean the blood from his gloves when a weakened Void shows up. She tells him that she has to take him to a dark future. He does protest but she takes him anyway. She teleports him to a ravaged London and Midnighter is shocked to see that the Carrier has crashed on Earth. He demands that Void tell him what happened but she tells him that she’s forbidden from doing so. She tells him that he only has a short time to find out what happened and leaves.
Don't see that often.
Midnighter looks around for somebody when three superhumans attack him. He’s able to take out two of them and threatens one of them to talk. She tells him that the Carrier crashed on Earth years ago while a fight between superhumans was going on. Anyone normal is dead. She tells him if he is going to find answers, he’ll need to go in the Carrier where other superhumans are located. He heads in and eventually finds his team, The Authority, fighting off the Bounty Hunters. Midnighter helps them out and is shocked that Apollo has somehow gotten weaker.
His team is confused about his appearance here, but they do say that he told them about coming to this dark future in the past. The team tells him what happened to the Carrier and the missing members, Jenny Quarx and The Doctor (not the Matt Smith variety either). Some incident broke out on Earth.The ship’s power source (a baby universe?) also started to go bad, so Jenny took it to places unknown. When the ship crashed, it caused all sorts of damage to the team and to the world. The Doctor also disappeared because of his link to the world. Apollo’s powers have become weakened because of this and Hawksmoor powers have gone wonky.
Before they can tell him more, one of the Bounty Hunters breaks one of the ship's reactors and it will explode soon. Apollo decides to risk it all and rush it out of there. When it explodes, Void comes back and whisks Midnighter back to the present. He tells the present team about the dark future but they’re not too worried about it since they now know. They’ve also faced threats like this before. Still, Midnighter is worried that they could fail and the issue ends with him telling his doubts to Apollo.
I thought this was a decent issue. Midnighter doesn’t really interest me that much but I know that a lot of folk like him. He feels a little derivative to me. This may not be the best issue to introduce someone to him but I did think it handled him well. Looking at the Authority, he really does seem like the Batman of that team. I did like how he reacted to seeing Earth and his teammates in this pretty messed up situation. The artwork was decent enough. It’s not the best but it got the job done. The future scenes looked pretty good and the art really sold the dystopian feel of it. I actually don’t have anything too negative to say. The book does feel a little light, but that’s how most modern issues feel at times.
Overall, this was a decent read. It does make me wonder what happened in this Wildstorm event. I know more stuff happened after this since I had to look up what this "Armageddon" event was about. After Flashpoint, the Wildstorm universe was folded into the normal DC universe. Midnighter was a part of the team Stormwatch and appeared in that book until it was cancelled. He actually now has an ongoing series with DC and I heard it’s not bad. I’m still not interested in the character, but you might be. Well, that’s another hero down. I think I’m going look at a much darker character next time. Peace, God bless, and don’t crash your interdimensional ships on Earth.