The Mighty Titan’s story continues. Several months back writer/creator Joe Martino successfully launched his latest project, The Mighty Titan, via the popular crowd-sourcing venue, Kickstarter and managed to effectively underwrite the project. Now with that book successfully in front to the public, Martino is going back to the well to subsidize chapter two. “People keep asking me about issue #2,” Martino told us, “So I figured, what better way to get it into their hands than with another Kickstarter program?” With this in mind at 12:01 on May 27th (Memorial Day), Martino launched his new Kickstarter event to subsidize issue #2. “The book is 90% finished. We are starting on colors and letters and would love to see it finished and in the hands of the fans as soon as possible.”
As those fans who have already read the first issue of The Mighty Titan, they are painfully aware that there’s a very dramatic issue with the hero’s health, but he’s not quite sure what it could be. In the second issue we see how Mark Williams and Titan deal with these health issues with which they are experiencing. How are they tied together? We delve more into the personal life of Mark and we learn more about the villainous TrenchMouth and of his hatred of all things Titan. Still, as Mighty Titan fans already know, this comic is more than just another guy in spandex punching outer guys in spandex, there is a deeper story going on here.
Imagine for a moment that you were the world’s strongest protector. Imagine that no knife, bullet or bomb can harm you. Now imagine in that moment you are told you have cancer. Titan is a character who is for all intents and purposes, invulnerable. He cannot be harmed by any means known to man. His alter ego doesn’t have such luck. Titan’s alter ego is dying. What now? Isn’t this the perception that we all have when not 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.
How we deal with this type of tragedy is something that forever defines us. How we choose to live with knowledge and pain is something that either strengthens or weakens us. What we lose is our innocence and the loss of a clear mind. This is Martino’s own epitaph. This is his way of dealing with his own mortality. This is also his way of helping others understand what it feels like to be invulnerable, and then — one conversation, one sentence later — never feeling that way again. “I am sorry, Mr. Martino. You have renal cell carcinoma.” Those were the last words Martino’s 33-year-old, innocent, clear-minded self would ever hear. From that day forward, he had cancer. His life was over. Only that wasn’t quite the case. With the support and resolve of his friends, family and doctors, he survived. Twice.
Martino started creating comics at the very tender age of 10. His “big break” in the field came in 1996 when he decided to do (mostly) everything himself, and he self-publish Shadowflame. Since then, he has been published by Arcana with Shadowflame and Ripperman, Main Enterprises, Coscom Entertainment and a slew of other independent publishers. Aiding and abetting him on The Mighty Titan are Luca Cicchitti (Penciler), who is a relative newcomer to the comic world. Cory Smith (Flashback Penciler) is an illustrator and comic artist living and working in New York. Since graduating from the Joe Kubert School in 2004, Cory has worked with clients such as Nickelodeon, Hasbro, Disney, Crayola, and many others on a wide variety of projects and properties. Jeff Austin (Inker) is very well-known in the indy comic scene. He 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 many others.
Also contributing to The Mighty Titan are Keith J. Betancourt (Colorist) is a digital colorist who has worked Time Flyz Volume 8, The DVD Cover to Worst that can Happen (Interspecies Wrestling), art for the NJ hardcore band Ripface Invasion and more from the independent comic Megazeen. Adam O. Pruett (Letterer) not only letters for Image, Antarctic Press, JGM, Arcana, Markosia, Ronin Studios, 215 Ink, and others, he also writes and draws his own comics when he gets a free second, which is pretty much never. Jamal Igle is the cover artist for issue #2. There will also be variant covers by Jimbo Salgado and Tots Valeza, as well as some of Martino’s greatest inspirations and artists, including Jerry Ordway, John Byrne, Bryan Hitch, Bob McLeod and Steve Lightle.
The Mighty Titan is Martino’s dream project, here is the link to help him to achieve that dream.
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.