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Preview: Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #5

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #5

Written by: Brandon Easton
Art by: Fico Ossio

As N’Vir and the Core seek to conquer New Genesis, Shilo and Oberon cross the galaxy to stop N’Vir’s plans. Outnumbered and outgunned, Shilo meets another unexpected ally who can fill in the final pieces of the puzzle of what it means to be Mister Miracle. But a tragic secret from the far future could be an obstacle that not even the New Gods can overcome.

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #5

DC Reveals Mister Miracle: The Great Escape

Hitting shelves on January 18 2022, Mister Miracle: The Great Escape is a new DC young adult graphic novel that provides a fresh look into DC’s iconic character Scott Free aka Mister Miracle.

Desperate to leave Apokolips, an oppressive world ruled by Lord Darkseid, Scott’s great escape will take nothing short of a miracle as no one has ever left the planet on their own free will. A student at the Goodness Academy, Scott brews up a foolproof plan to escape to planet Earth—all while struggling to understand his identity, PTSD from growing up in the fire pits of Apokolips, and somehow falling in love with his number one enemy, Big Barda, who has made keeping Scott on Apokolips her number one priority.

Crafted by Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author Varian Johnson and Afro-futurist artist Daniel Isles, this coming of age tale follows Scott as he escapes from oppressive forces. Not only does Scott Free’s plan have to work for Scott to make it out alive—but his found family’s freedom depends on it.

Mister Miracle: The Great Escape marks both Johnson and Isles’ debut project with DC and is scheduled to hit stores and online retailers everywhere books are sold on January 18, 2022.

Escaping Apokolips is hard enough when you don’t know your real name, struggle with PTSD, and have a giant crush on your biggest enemy…but escaping as a hero will take nothing short of a miracle.

Scott Free is a student at the Goodness Academy, on the planet Apokolips, ruled by Lord Darkseid. Sounds pretty cool, right? Wrong. Scott Free wants nothing more than to leave Apokolips for planet Earth; the only problem is that no one has ever left Apokolips of their own free will…or alive. Scott Free has a plan, a foolproof plan, a plan that his found family depends on for their own freedom. But that plan never involved falling in love with the head of the Female Furies, Big Barda–the one person tasked with ensuring he never escapes.

Preview: Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #3

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #3

Written by: Brandon Easton
Art by: Fico Ossio

After experiencing the mysterious effects of Thaddeus Brown’s ashes, Shilo uses his newfound abilities to dig into the origin of N’Vir Free and her powerful minions known as the Core. But the Miracle mantle bears many secrets and leads Shilo and his allies to new faces. But are they loyal to the Free name? The deadly truth Shilo uncovers could spell catastrophe for the galaxy and forever destroy the legacy of Mister Miracle.

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #3

Preview: Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #2

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #2

Written by: Brandon Easton
Art by: Fico Ossio

After the shocking events of issue #1, Shilo is suddenly on the run from a powerful new enemy who believes the Mister Miracle mantle belongs to them. With his career in shambles, his apartment destroyed, and no real understanding of what’s happening, Shilo must fight his way out of an unwinnable situation and track down secrets held by his mentor and friend, the first Mister Miracle, Thaddeus Brown!

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #2

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.)

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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
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