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Preview: Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #1

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #1

Written by: Brandon Easton
Art by: Fico Ossio

Spinning out of DC Future State, the story of how Shilo Norman became the Mister Miracle of tomorrow starts here. The Mister Miracle show used to be the hottest ticket in town, whether you caught him onstage escaping from perilous traps or spotted him on the streets of Metropolis taking out bad guys. What Shilo Norman forgot is the first rule of both showbiz and super-heroing: always leave them wanting more. Now it’s time to start showing the world what a miracle man can do. Showbiz/superhero rule #2: timing is everything. There’s a new performer in town who wants to knock Mister Miracle off his pedestal and stake a claim to his famous moniker! Can Shilo break free of this trap? (Why yes, that is a clue.)

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #1

Shilo Norman Escapes from Future State to Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom in May

Currently, writer Brandon Easton and artist Valentine De Landro are guiding Mister Miracle (Shilo Norman) through the terrors of Warworld in Future State: Superman: Worlds at War. Easton and artist Fico Ossio return Shilo to the present DC universe and reveal his journey to becoming the “Super Escape Artist” of tomorrow, in Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom. The six-issue monthly miniseries from DC begins on May 4.

The “Mister Miracle” show used to be the hottest ticket in town, whether you caught him onstage escaping from perilous traps or spotted him on the streets of Metropolis taking out bad guys. What Shilo Norman forgot is the first rule of both show business and being a superhero: always leave them wanting more. Now it’s time to start showing the world what a miracle man can really do.

Showbiz/superhero rule #2: Timing is everything. There’s a new performer in town who wants to knock Mister Miracle off his pedestal and stake a claim to his famous moniker! Can Shilo break free of this trap?

The debut 32-page issue of this miniseries features a stunning cover by Yanick Paquette, with a card stock variant cover by Valentine De Landro. Each issue sells for $3.99, with the card stock variant at $4.99.

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom

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Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

We’re kicking off the first full week of the new year with a lot on tap. There’ll be a return of a long-shelved regular column plus reviews, interviews, and so much more! We’ve got some cool initiatives we’ll be announcing later today, so stay tuned! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Financial Express – Comics industry climbing up the ladder in Bangladesh – An interesting read about comics in the country.

Reviews

Talking Comics – Killadelphia #11
CBR – King in Black: Iron Man/Doctor Doom #1
Collected Editions – Mister Miracle: The Deluxe Edition
Batman News – Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

DC Expands Its Digital Firsts and Launches DC Essential Reads

DC is expanding its digital releases with DC’s Digital First publishing program, home of bestselling titles Injustice: Gods Among UsDC Comics: Bombshells, the new Batman: The Adventures Continue, and many more fan-favorite comicsUnder the robust new program, comic book readers will have more variety of content and immediate access to stories that have never been available on digital platforms.

The first week of DC Digital First titles include:

These series are new to DC Digital First, having previously been exclusive to DC Giants.

While regularly scheduled and solicited print comics, traditionally available on Wednesdays, will continue to be available day-and-date digitally on Tuesdays moving forward, DC Digital First comics will be released seven days a week.

In addition, on Monday DC is launching DC Essential Reads, a free digital promotion providing first issues of some of the most iconic graphic novels and collected editions in the DC library. Available until June 8th on a variety of digital platforms, DC Essential Reads titles include Watchmen #1 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Batman #608 by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex SinclairThe Sandman #1 by Neil Gaiman and Sam KiethDark Nights: Metal #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Doomsday Clock #1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Mister Miracle #1 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads, and more.

DC Digital First comics and DC Essential Reads free issues will all be available from participating digital retailers, including ReadDC.com, Comixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more.


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Review: Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle #2 (of 4)

Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle #2

As a child of the 80s, there is a fair amount of cheesy pop culture that I enjoyed. Looking back on it, my childhood memories feel a bit magical now. We see echoes of it on shows like The Goldbergs. Truthfully, looking at how popular culture is now, it’s more corporate than fanfare. Everyone looks to monetize fan culture as can be seen by the influx of non-comic book properties holding panels at SDCC. Which is why when I look back at that time, it is often with a smile.

One of those pop culture beacons that I often watch every few years is Clash Of The Titans starring a young Harry Hamlin, an older Laurence Olivier, and with the last visual effects that Ray Harryhausen would ever do for a film. To today’s movie audience, the effects would look crude and the actors, may be even perceived as pompous, but the movie as a whole still stands up. From the acting to the special effects and more, the story itself is what made that movie, a classic action-adventure.  In the early 2000 run of Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle, we find the titular hero running in his own trials much like Perseus in the second issue.

We find Shilo Norman, as Metron tests his abilities, through a series of trials, the first one being a Driveby Derby. As Apokolips sends his man-eating cars in the first trial, it keeps Shilo on his toes, to say the least, dodging each car by the skin of his teeth. As Shilo tries to figure out how to survive the trials Metron and Apokolips, argue over Shilo’s importance to winning the war against Darkseid, as his possession of Motherboxx is central to victory. By issue’s end, an enemy in plain view shows their true colors and the much more insidious plot goes into play.

Overall, an issue which plays out like a very careful Chess game one move at a time. The story by Grant Morrison is exciting and well characterized. The art by Pasqual Ferry is superb. Altogether, an installment that unpacks a lot in its abbreviated 22 pages, and gives readers, those beautiful twists Morrison is known for.

Story: Grant Morrison Art: Pasqual Ferry
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

ALA 2019: DC Reveals a Massive Slate of Graphic Novels Geared Towards Young Adults and Middle Grade Readers Releasing Through 2021

The 2019 convention for the American Library Association (ALA) kicked off with huge news that DC was consolidating its line under three “brands.” That left many to wonder about the future of the DC Zoom and DC Ink graphic novel lines. Launched last year, the new graphic novel imprints were focused on the young adult and middle grade readers and have been hits so far. DC followed up those concerns with an announcement of a slate of graphic novel releases aimed at those young adult and middle grade readers.

These graphic novels continue the focus on stories not part of DC’s ongoing continuity making them accessible to new fans. The releases also focus on the original mandate of YA titles being about “everyday aspirations, struggles, and triumphs,” while the middle grade releases being focused on stories about “friends, family, and growing up.”

Spring 2020 Lineup

Young Adult Titles

  • Gotham High – Written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli (February 2020)
  • The Oracle Code – Written by Marieke Nijkamp and illustrated by Manuel Preitano (March 2020)

Middle Grade Titles

Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime
Zatanna & the House of Secrets
  • Batman: Overdrive – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo DiChiara (March 2020)
Batman: Overdrive
DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless
  • Anti/Hero – Written by Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta and illustrated by Maca Gil (April 2020)
  • ArkhaManiacs – Written by Art Baltazar and Franco and illustrated by Art Baltazar (April 2020)
ArkhaManiacs
My Video Game Ate My Homework

Upcoming Titles Debuting in 2020 and 2021

  • Upcoming Young Adult Titles (Not all titles are final)
    • Catwoman: Soulstealer – Adapted by Louise Simonson from Sarah J. Maas’ DC Icon prose novel and illustrated by Samantha Dodge
    • Galaxy: The Prettiest Star – Written by Jadzia Axelrod and illustrated by Cait Zellers
    • House of El Book 1 – Written by Claudia Gray and illustrated by Eric Zawadzki
    • I Am Not Starfire—Written by Mariko Tamaki
    • Mister Miracle – Written by Varian Johnson
    • Nubia – Written by L.L. McKinney and illustrated by Robyn Smith
    • Swamp Thing – Written by Maggie Stiefvater and illustrated by Morgan Beem           
    • Teen Titans: Beast Boy – Written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
    • Victor & Nora: A Mr. Freeze Story – Written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
    • Whistle – Written by E. Lockhart and illustrated by Manuel Preitano
    • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed – Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Leila del Duca
    • You Brought Me the Ocean – Written by Alex Sanchez and illustrated by Julie Maroh
    • Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend – Written by Alys Arden and illustrated by Jacquelin De Leon
  • Upcoming Middle Grade Titles (Not all titles are final)                         
    • Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale
    • Batman and Robin…and Howard – Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown
    • DC Super Hero Girls – Written by Amy Wolfram
    • Dear Super-Villains – Written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
    • Green Arrow: Stranded – Written by Brendan Deneen and illustrated by Caleb Hosalla
    • Indestructibles Book 1—Written by Ridley Pearson
    • Lois Lane – Written by Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brittney Williams
    • Metropolis Grove – Written and illustrated by Drew Brockington
    • Primer – Written by Thomas Krajewski and Jennifer Muro and illustrated by Gretel Lusky
    • Superman Smashes the Klan – Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru
    • Super Sons Book 3: Escape to Landis – Written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez          
    • Teen Titans Go! to Camp – Written by Sholly Fisch
    • Teen Titans Go! Roll with It – Written by Heather Nuhfer and P.C. Morrissey 
    • The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel – Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Derek Charm

Tom King Joins Ava DuVernay as Co-Writer for New Gods

He’s tackled Mister Miracle, but now writer Tom King is taking on the whole New Gods as he’s joined Ava DuVernary to co-write the upcoming film. DuVernary revealed the news via a Tweet.

King’s Mister Miracle maxiseries was praised as one of the best comics of the year when it was released. Mitch Gerads provided art for that project and it won multiple awards making numerous “best of” lists.

Mister Miracle #1

New Gods was created by Jack Kirby and involves two warring alien groups, New Genesis and Apokolips. Darkseid, the unseen villain of the Justice League film, is a despotic ruler of Apokolips. To bring “peace,” Highfather, the ruler of the New Gods, and Apokolips trade their children. Scott Free, Mister Miracle is raised by Apokolips, while Orion is raised by Highfather. Scott rebels from his adoptive father.

DuVernary was announced as the lead and director of the project in March 2018 and is a long time fan of the New Gods as she has revealed that Big Barda is a favorite character of hers.

Barda was one of the main characters in King’s Mister Miracle and is an elite warrior who breaks away from Darkseid and falls in love with Scott Free, aka Mister Miracle. The two become rebels fighting Darkseid’s totalitarian rule.

Tom King Teases a New 12 Issue Series

Tom King is the current ruler of comic maxi-series and today he teased a new one on Twitter, a “follow up” to his critically hailed Mister Miracle and Vision.

Finally, finally, starting the follow up to Mister Miracle and Vision. Another 12 issue mini with a lot of ambition. I’m scared, but man I’m having fun.

Guesses as to what it might be and what characters would you like to see Tom King writer?

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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBR – Howard the Duck: Kevin Smith Recruits Lea Thompson for Secret Role – We support this.

ICv2 – Comics Retail is Risky Business. Can We Fix That? – What do you all think?

The Mary Sue – Angry Men Flood Rotten Tomatoes to Bash Captain Marvel Ahead of Release – Of course they are.

Reviews

Talking Comics – By Night #8
CBR –
The Batman Who Laughs #3
Newsarama –
Incursion #1
Newsarama –
Mister Miracle

Preview: Mister Miracle #12

Mister Miracle #12

(W) Tom King (A) Mitch Gerads (CA) Nick Derington
In Shops: Nov 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It’ll be a miracle if you can get through this mind-bending conclusion with your sanity intact! After his epic battle with Darkseid, Scott Free sees life a whole new way: he’s the new Highfather of New Genesis, and he’s madly in love with his wife and child. But what if it’s all a lie? Did Mister Miracle really escape death way back in issue #1? No one really knows but Tom King and Mitch Gerads!

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