A while ago I picked up a Majestic trade, more or less at random, and discovered that it was awesome.
It deserves a longer post, full of squee and words like “character” and “pacing” and “nakkid mens” and also making fun of the covers. But I’m not feeling up to all that typing around a central theme at the moment, so instead I’ll just point out that it includes my favourite fight scene ever.
It’s an awesome fight scene, which I say because “awesome” is the theme of these posts and I wouldn’t want there to be any confusion, but that’s not the first word that comes to mind when I’m pushing the series at people.
It’s a very, very *sexy* fight scene. This is what porn would be, if it had less actual, y’know, *porn*, and more people beating the crap out of each other.
And… I’m perfectly willing to allow that this says more about *me* than about the bits of lines and colour on the pages. It's still true. If you’ve never heard of the series, don’t worry – I didn’t know anybody before reading the trade – you pick up all you need from context. (Eventually, yes, I’m going to have to touch on how awesome the creative team is.) From a story perspective it’s really well done, and the art never stops being compelling, and I’d do a scene by scene Yay! Squee! except that this is exactly the sort of essay format I’m trying to *avoid* here.
It’s not the posed sparring you usually get when a couple of super-powered people go at it. Here, once both characters realize there is to be punching, there’s a serious attempt at damage, and, surprise! There’s *drama*. Suspense! Strategy! When’s the last time you could say that about a comic book punch ‘em up?
The entirety of the fight spreads over a couple issues, and I’ve uploaded them here. (Although the trade seems to have a couple extra pages, just a note.)
If that seems like too much work, underneath the cut is half of my favourite part. There’s not much of a spoiler warning; I left out all the bits that aren’t punching.
( Bam! Pow! These images will beat up your dial-up connection! )
So then. I showed you mine – what’s your favourite action sequence?