- Name's Max Faraday -- and welcome to my world. Hours ago, I was a struggling comp-sci major who spent way too much time on the internet -- until I downloaded something I shouldn't have. Something that's turned my world on end.
- — Max Faraday src
Max Faraday became a hero by pure chance, gifted with divine powers after downloading the Creation Equation.
As a young boy, Max grew up when his parents were divorced and lived with his mother alongside with his older sister Jenny. Sometime later his mother remarried with a man named Edgar, but both later died in an accident, leaving Jennifer to raise Max for the remainder of his life. Max lived with Jenny and his college friend Devan Lawless and had been working as a pizza delivery boy for his tuition money.
On one night Max's life changed. While Devan logged into Icore using his old professor's access codes, he and Max discovered a file transferred to their computer by Christine Blaze, which contained the Creation Equation. Curious and without a second thought, Max and Devan downloaded it. Max viewed the entire code of the Equation (barring one file, which he forwarded to his cyber-girlfriend, Susanna Chaste), when the computer blew up as a result of channeling the Equation into him. After seeing no harm on himself, Max and Devan went on a pizza run and encountered agents of The Rath, who came for the Equation.
When Armageddon was heralded by the coming of The High's Reaper clones, Faraday was able to Rapture ("Save") some billions of people with his powers across the planet, but do little as the pressure of sensing the Reapers' nuclear self-detonation over Earth overwhelmed him. Max relocated the survivors he saved to a preserved St. Louis, where they remained unaware of Armageddon. Strained by the deaths across the world, Max became greatly disillusioned of Earth's heroes given that he had experienced the sudden and violent events that negatively affected the world caused by "heroes" such as the Authority's brief rule over America. He then concluded that the world could only be saved as humanity could only benefit itself without superhumans while leaving the super-powered stragglers to kill themselves before starting the world over. Max had himself, his wife Susanna, Jenny and Devan Lawless live on a tropical south Pacific island to seclude themselves from post-Armageddon Earth.
However, Max became aware that the former Wildcats member turned-villain, Tao, was seeking him to gain the Creation Equation in order to become a nihilistic god in destroying and remaking reality in his own image. Max was then met by the Wildcats and Team-7 who came for his help in stopping Tao. Initially Max adamantly refused and stated his reasons against superhumans. But he was convinced otherwise as Tao and his Syndicate followers traced to Faraday's island and endangered his family. Max was eventually forced to reveal the Equation to Tao after Susanna was taken hostage by Tao's underling, Pit Bull. Max and the Void-powered Spartan were subsequently defeated and their powers siphoned by Tao. Ultimately the mad villain was instead defeated by Susanna and Void, who turned his feelings against him.
After Tao retreated due to Grifter's actions, Max regained his powers but fared little in repairing Earth. Max then asked Void to accompany him to The Hollow Realm with the survivors as her needed help would keep them safe there, and, having regained his faith on his heroes over the battle against Tao, tasked both the Wildcats and Team-7 in restoring the world. And when all was done, they could take the survivors out of The Hollow Realm and back to Earth. Before leaving for the Hollow Realm with his wife, Max bestowed the heroes with new, augmented costumes based on their original attire.
Powers and Abilities
Max wields the power of the Creation Equation which gives him power of all forms of matter as well as control over space, time, and everything in it. His only hindrance is his own human mind.
Max Faraday has an undetermined number of 'laws' that he follows in his life. He quotes them throughout the Divine Right series. Here is a collection of the ones he has shared so far:
- 1 - "Don't screw with Max!" (Divine Right #7)
- 2 - "Yes. Because I said so." (Divine Intervention: Gen 13 #1)
- 5 - "Anyone that ain't helping us, is in the way." (Divine Right #8)
- 6 - "Woulda, coulda, shoulda!" (Divine Right #9)
- 7 - "Any job worth doing is a job you're not as likely to muck up big time." (Divine Right #10)
- 9 - "If wishes were fishes, no one would ever go hungry." (Divine Right #8)
- 11 - "Sh#t happens." (Divine Right #2)
- 13 - "Always plan ahead." (Divine Intervention: Wildcats #1)
- 15 - "Fifteen minutes or it's free!" (Divine Intervention: Wildcats #1)
- 22 - "Thinketh always bringeth trouble." (Divine Right #4)
- 23 - "Trouble always brings friends." (Divine Right #11)
- 29 - "If ya ain't dying, ya ain't trying." (Divine Right #1)
- 33 1/3 - "Gotcha' nose!" (Divine Right #11)
- 37 - "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." (Stormwatch PHD #19)
- 38 - "Inherit The Wind? Buy it - Don't Rent it!" (Divine Right #7)
- 43 - "...Losers walk." (Divine Right #1)
- 53 - "Men in the sack, sleep on your back." (Divine Right #5)
- 71 - "When in doubt, get the hell out." (Divine Right #3)
- 77 - "Awesome Attracts Awesome." (Wildcats: World's End #18)
- 88- "What's done is done." (Divine Right #4)
- 99 - "Every girl looks good in the dark." (Divine Right #6)
- 101 - "You've been a terrific audience. Don't forget to tip your waitresses. And I'm really concerned, so when you get home, call -- let it ring twice, and hang up -- just so I know you're okay." (Divine Right #12)
- 152 - "He who saws logs at night, always wakes up with wood." (Divine Right #1/2)
- ??? - "The past is in the past." (Divine Right #10)
- 24 Appearances of Max Faraday (Wildstorm Universe)
- 5 Images featuring Max Faraday (Wildstorm Universe)
- 6 Quotations by or about Max Faraday (Wildstorm Universe)
- Character Gallery: Max Faraday (Wildstorm Universe)