The Wildcats, officially the Wild Covert Action Team (WildC.A.T.s), is a team created for the Kherubim-Daemonite war. Formed by Emp of Khera, the team was made up of several Kherubum half-breeds, including Spartan, Zealot, Maul, Grifter and Voodoo.
The first roster
In galactic history, there was a colossal conflict between two races, the monstrous Daemonites and the humanoid Kherubim. Two ships, one piloted by each of these races, crashed on Earth after a dogfight between the two, and the aliens attempted to integrate with the natives. In recent times, the Kheran Lord Emp formed a Covert Action Team to fight against Daemonite activities on Earth.
The team met a young woman named Voodoo and took her on as a member. With her, they fought the Daemonite Lords Helspont and Hightower. The team also met (and fought with) Lord Emp's brother, Lord Entropy.
Around the time Stormwatch began operations and Deathblow became active, the team fought the witch known as Tapestry in an adventure that introduced them to Mister Majestic, Savant and Soldier, as well as a man known only as Huntsman.
Initially, it was believed that Daemonites could not breathe Earth's air, but subsequent encounters have revised this claim. Most of the people the team encountered were Half-Breed Kherubim or Daemonite warlords, with half of the WildStorm Universe eventually turning out to be one or the other. As the team grew more confident, its members began having solo adventures.
Nevertheless, the team mostly kept to itself, while groups like Wetworks and the Team 7 veterans investigated the extent of IO's manipulation of Gen-Factor research. Even the revelation of Emp, Majestic and Zealot's Cold War histories as superheroes did not change this, though the entire superhero community became involved when the WildC.A.T.s tried to gain control of what they thought was a Daemonite starship, which resulted in most of the team journeying into space while Grifter stayed on Earth, having espionage-related adventures.
The C.A.T.s had the opportunity to venture to Khera where they found what appeared to be paradise. The Kherubims had won the Daemonite-Kherubim war and were living in prosperity. Appearances were deceiving, however, and it was apparent the planet was run by power-hungry politicians who have ruthlessly subjugated the Daemonites as second-class citizens. Voodoo, with her Daemonite blood, experienced this firsthand. Maul's race was also treated unjustly and though Emp, Warblade and Zealot were seduced by promises of power and recognition, Spartan discovered the truth about Khera's corrupt leaders. It took the death of one of Maul's race for the WildC.A.T.s to leave and head back for Earth. Disillusioned by the outcome of the war offworld and their selfishness, the team fell apart. Voodoo left and Emp fell into depression. The original team returned to Earth in pieces and despite having new members, they were defeated by the cunning traitor, Tao, who had manipulated them at each turn. The team participated in the Fire from Heaven event, which involved Team 1, Team 7 and Kaizen Gamorra.
A group called the Puritans struck in a campaign to eradicate the Kherubim and the Daemonites from Earth. The team included Grifter, Condition Red and new members Mythos (a Kherubim Lord), Olympia (a Coda-trained Daemonite) and Sister Eve (the daughter of Emp's brother, Lord Entropy). The team traveled in time, and had various adventures through different times, until they came back.
Between the rosters
During one mission, Zealot was apparently killed. This led to the dissolution of the team. Around this time, Lord Emp began the process of becoming a Kheran High Lord, as the solo members began fighting villains like Kenyan and C. C. Rendozzo. They were tangentially involved in a battle between Stormwatch and a batch of Xenomorphs, which led to the destruction of the team and the founding of the Authority.
Void and Emp ended up having Spartan absorb their assets and powers, and he had a series of adventures with Ladytron and Grifter, with Maul and Voodoo meeting them sometimes, and the heroes being helped by a woman named Noir, and Agents Wax and Mohr of the National Park Service. Warblade and Max Cash met the group once, and Olympia Atreides was killed. Finally, the heroes fought Samuel "Slaughterhouse" Smith (a superhuman serial killer whose grandfather had met Team One years previously), after which eventually Zealot returned.
Corporate culture for a better world
With control of the HALO Corporation, Spartan (now Jack Marlowe) began pursuing an agenda to better the world by proliferating advanced technology and power sources throughout the world via the HALO Corporation. Grifter was his troubleshooter and Agent Wax was one of his first associates. Their adventures intersected with a motley selection of people, including the power broker C.C. Rendozzo and her organization, Agent Orange, and Grifter's unlikely pupil Edwin Dolby, one of HALO's accountants. Around this time, Zealot decided to destroy the Coda chapter she created on Earth. Also around this time, Wildcats foe Tao formed a criminal organization that instigated the events of the Authority's coup d'etat, which led to the Authority (briefly) taking over the government of the United States.
Mister Majestic briefly visited New Earth, before becoming active as a solo adventurer. Meanwhile, the Wildcats were quite active when they met the rogue telepathic Coda warrior known as Charis, Lady Nemesis.
During the Worldstorm, the Wildcats tried to help Captain Atom return to his universe and stop him from accidentally destroying their reality. Nikola, a female medic became the new Void with Captain Atom sharing a part of the power that eventually remade the Wildstorm universe altogether.
In this new world, Spartan (now with the civilian identity of Jack Marlowe and a superheroic identity as "Hadrian") created a new team, on the basis that the world needed a superteam which was not dependant on childish public approval. His team consisted of Spartan, Mr. Majestic, Zealot, Grifter, Voodoo, Savant, and Ladytron. Warblade was undercover for the team, and Maul had retired to his civilian identity. Kaizen Gamorra returned as a villain, aided by the WildCats' first enemy, Helspont.
In the wake of the destruction of the Number of the Beast Program, the Earth was left in ruins and the Wildcats were based in the remains of Los Angeles at the Halo Building. They are trying to help survivors with what little resources they have and at the same time are trying to find ways to help the world now in its current state. Their mission becomes complicated when Majestic begins to raid them for supplies in order to further his newly formed Kherabim-based rule on the islands of Hawaii. This conflict was eventually settled, in which Majestic offered only to Warblade, Maul, Nemesis and Backlash (Jodi Slayton) to join his utopia, but they refused. Though yet, his rule is somehow alluring, given the Wildcats' circumstantial position.
The Wildcats were later alerted and confronted to a heavy presence of Daemonites within the city's ruins led by Lord Defile and Lady Decadence. The battle between them resulted into a shaky truce between them in which the Daemonites will govern their habitual sections of the city and were forbidden to attack any humans within out of their gained territories. Following their battle, Nemesis and Backlash surprisingly decided to leave the team to join Majestic's Hawaiian kingdom. However, the Wildcats soon received a distress message from Backlash requesting for their help from Majestic. Leaving Ladytron to guard the Halo Building, the Wildcats traveled to Hawaii on a pretense for a friendly visit where they discovered that Majestic's "New Khera" is in better condition than any other places. Though the team was deeply suspicious of Majestic's kingdom and eventually learned that he has been keeping Savant and other Kheran pure bloods to be used as breeding mares. Majestic discovered their intentions and again came into conflict with them. Nemesis sacrificed her life in stopping Majestic when she apparently perished into a volcano and the Wildcats made haste to the Halo Building which was under attack by Defile and his Daemonites while being chased by an enraged Majestic. The Wildcats crashed into the Halo Building and manage to evacuate the refugees, and in the process destroying the entire building and taking along Defile and Decadence, but sparing Majestic, who didn't chase after the Wildcats.
After dropping off the refugees, the Wildcats made contact with John Lynch and Team-7 (whom Grifter had been consulting them from behind the scenes) who has been on their mission in stopping former Wildcats member, turned villain Tao from becoming a nihilistic god. The Wildcats entirely agreed on joining their cause and assaulted Tao's Syndicate's headquarters in Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, Tao, having taken Void (Nikola Hanssen) and Providence prisoners had absorbed their cosmic powers, proved too powerful for both the Wildcats and Team-7 to face against. Spartan was able to become Jack Marlowe after Void granted her remaining powers to him, and evenly matched Tao. However, Tao still overpowered Spartan and both teams, along with Void, were forced to retreat after Providence willingly sacrificed herself in delaying Tao.
Discouraged, the Wildcats and Team-7 founded Max Faraday, who had saved millions of people since Armageddon, and discovered that he has steadfastly refused to help them and has given up his faith on superheroes given Earth's cataclysm caused by superhumans, and deciding to wait for a time when superhumans wiped each other out in order for humanity to be free of them. However, both teams convinced him otherwise as Tao and his Syndicate traced Faraday's intact island where his wife and family are, causing chaos. A tremendous battle was fought between the Wildcats, Team-7, Faraday, Majestic (who was summoned after discovering Tao's manipulations) and the Syndicate in which Tao was almost defeated until Tao's underling Pit Bull held Faraday's wife, Susanna, hostage forcing Faraday to tell Tao the Creation Equation, empowering him into a god. Fortunately, Maxine Manchester overheard Faraday's words for the equation and beamed it into the ears of all the heroes. But, Tao separately teleported away the Wildcats and Team-7 into the Hollow Realm where they confronted their personal weaknesses in order for him to face against Spartan and Faraday. Ultimately Tao had the advantage over the weakened heroes until the intervention of Void and Susanna, who they otherwise tell his flaws which still exist within him despite his new godhood. This revelation troubles Tao, and was subsequently shot in the head by Grifter. Tao then immediately disappeared and looses his powers back to Void, Faraday, and the passed Providence. In the turn of events, Faraday was forever grateful for the Wildcats and Team-7's unselfish efforts which regained his faith on superheroes, and bestowed the heroes with new costumes. Which heavily resembles to their 1990's outfits as Lord Emp's original costume designs for the Wildcats was to inspire normal people who saw them as heroes, but with major improvements. The Wildcats were then once again are charged to protect and rebuild Earth.
While searching for The High in Colorado, the Wildcats were among the many heroes summoned to UnLondon by the Authority and were offered the chance to leave Earth on the Authority's repaired Carrier. Though, the Wildcats decided to remain on Earth, but due to circumstances Grifter departed Earth when UnLondon's human refugees panicky stormed onto the Carrier. After the Carrier departed Earth, the Wildcats and the other earthbound heroes battled against the Knights of Khera and its military forces of the Red Blade. The Wildcats and many of Earth's heroes were able to defeat the Knights after killing many of its core members and banishing the Red Blade back in the Bleed. But at the costs of several heroes, including Dingo, H.E.R.B., Geek, Disperse, and (possibly) Redeemer as they were responsible for the banishment of the Red Blade as sent by Spartan on a suicide mission; and Warblade and Stormwatch's Fahrenheit being critically wounded during the battle.
In the aftermath, Spartan was damaged during the conflict and installed to the database of Stormwatch's space station Skywatch. Still declared as leader of Earth's heroes, Spartan established a long term plan in restoring Earth's cataclysmic state and as well unifying the planet as a whole. However, his well intention plans for Earth were not receptive from such individuals including Zealot and Maul. In which the dissenters left the Wildcats and proceeded to help Earth on their own way: Zealot and Maul decided to organizing humanity into a defense force against any future alien attacks. Spartan also assigned Voodoo, the resurrected former Earth's Doctor Sir Edwin, Ladytron, and Jackson King in finding the planet's current Doctor following the Authority's Doctor (Habib bin Hassan) had went insane.
- 139 Appearances of Wildcats (Wildstorm Universe)
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- Team Gallery: Wildcats (Wildstorm Universe)
Links and References
- Wildstorm: World's End