The story of Joe Martino‘s superhero, The Mighty Titan continues. As of the last issue, Titain became aware of his cancer diagnosis, now a new surprise sends him reeling into a sea of anger and doubt. All this and Chemo! (Hey, who says that Superheroes are only all about fantasy and glitter?). Well here in issue #3 of The Mighty Titan we will get to see a very angry Titan who is understandably confused, stressed, and upset at the situation in which he currently finds himself. Needless to say this all causes him to do a number of things that he comes to regret; plus there will be a major reveal in this issue. Caress from the Shadowflame and Cyberine comics makes a guest appearance and helps Titan discover some new, critical information about his cancer. Martino assures us that if you enjoyed the first two issues, you will totally love this one.
If you are just coming aboard the Mighty Titan, here is the story thus far…Imagine if you will that you are the world’s most powerful meta-human (or Superior) on your world. Just Imagine; that no knife, bullet, or bomb can harm you. Now imagine in that very next moment that you are told you have incurable cancer. This is precisely what happened to The hero known as The Mighty Titan. He is a character who —for all intents and purposes — is completely invulnerable. He cannot be harmed by any means known to man. Unfortunately his alter ego doesn’t have such luck. Titan’s alter ego is dying. What next?
According to Martino (who has twice survived cancer) this is the perception that all of us have when our lives have not been touched by cancer. We are all under the belief that we are invulnerable. Aren’t we all someone’s protector? Aren’t we all everything to someone? Not until that lump, or pain, or (un)lucky scan. It is the way that we deal with this type of horrific news that defines us. How we live with through this that strengthens us. What we lose is innocence and the loss of a clear mind.
According to Martino, this story is his epitaph; it is his way of dealing with it all. “This is my way of helping others understand what it feels like to be invulnerable; and then, one conversation, one sentence later... never feeling that way again,” Martino told us.
“I am sorry, Mr. Martino. You have adeno cell carcinoma.” were the last words Martion’s 33 year old innocent, clear-minded self ever heard. “From that day forward,” Martino said. “I had cancer. Life was over. Even though, through the support and resolve of my friends, family and doctors. I survived. Twice.”
The Mighty Titan is the work of writer/creator Joe Martino who has been creating comics since he was 1. His big “break” came when he decided to do everything (mostly) by himself and publish Shadowflame in 1996. Since then, he has been published by Arcana, Main Enterprises, Coscom Entertainment, and a slew of other independent publishers making some great friends along the way.
The rest of the team consists of penciler Luca Cicchitti whose work graced issues #s 1 & 2, bringing Titan to life in a most spectacular way. Cory Smith has been delivering most excellent Flashback pencils to the series. Smith is a Kubert School graduate living and working in New York working with clients including Nickelodeon, Hasbro, Disney, Crayola, and others on a variety of projects and properties. Jeff Austin has been providing able-bodied inks to the comic. Austin has worked for Image (Big Bang Comics) Main Enterprises (Betsy and more), Arcana (Shadowflame, Ripperman. Dead Men Tell No Tales), Trinity Comics (The Wraith) Faust, FemForce and others. Rounding out the team are colorist Keith J. Betancourt and Letterer Adam O. Pruett.
Issue 3 features an awesome cover by Steve Lightle, with future issues in the series sporting covers by some of Martino’s greatest inspirations and artists that were kind enough to take the time out of their busy schedules; including Jerry Ordway, Jamal Igle, John Byrne, Bryan Hitch, and Bob McLeod.
This project will be funded on Sunday Nov 17, 2013.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.