A trade deal involving toys went awry for Mister Miracle, but he made the most of it and created the funniest weapons in the DC Universe.
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Be the first DC Universe escape artist, Mr. Miracle knows a thing or two about resourcefulness – and when a business goes downhill, that ingenuity is put to the test, which leads to one of the funniest weapons in comics today. History, a safeguard function in Future state: Superman: Worlds at War #2, is written by Brandon Easton with art by Valentine De Landro and colors by Marissa Louise, is out now in stores and on all digital comic book platforms.
There are two notable versions of Mister Miracle, both created by Jack Kirby: Scott Free, Highfather’s son, is one of them, and perhaps the best known, thanks in large part to his miniseries. Critically acclaimed by Tom King and Mitch Gerards of 2018. Free’s protege Shiloh Norman also dons the mantle from time to time, as his most notable appearance to date was in Grant Morrison. Seven soldiers epic, helping to thwart the Sheeda’s attempt to “harass” our universe. It has appeared sporadically since and recently made a full comeback in Future state, where readers learn that Mister Miracle can make the most of any bad situation.
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Mister Miracle investigates a mysterious alien spaceship. He climbs aboard and is quickly attacked by his crew. Needing a distraction, he produces flash-bang grenades and uses them to blind aliens. It may not seem like anything special – Batman uses similar devices – but what sets Mister Miracle’s gadgets apart is their origins … they started life as action figures. He reveals that a former manager convinced him to invest in a line of toys in his image. The toy line bombed, and he ended up with boxes on boxes of unsold toys, he took them and reused them as flash-bang grenades that he could use against his enemies.
Mister Miracle makes the most of the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The idea of a hero investing in a line of action figures with his likeness may seem dubious at first, but when he (unsurprisingly) loses his shirt on the case, he’s still able to make the most of it. His flash grenades may have saved his life aboard the alien ship. Plus, the minifigure / grenade combo can be one of the more modest weapons in comics today. Considering they helped save the day, Mister Miracle got his money’s worth on the action figures after all.
Losing tons of money on a toy business might be the end for some, but Mr. Miracle is able to take that loss and make it work for him, and successfully save Earth in the process.
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