THE SOURCE OF FREEDOM # 1 tries to escape its own mess


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Writer Brandon Easton and artist Fico Ossio, along with colorist Rico Renzi and letterer Rob Leigh, bring us the return of Shiloh Norman in “Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom” # 1. Unfortunately, this comeback spawned by DC’s Future State event is hampered by a script that tries to do too many things at once, proving to be overloaded and difficult to focus. This is brought up by some great work from the art team, making this number a beautiful but confusing start.

“The Mister Miracle show was the most popular ticket in town, whether you caught him on stage escaping perilous traps or spotted him on the streets of Metropolis taking out. bad peoples. What Shilo Norman forgot was the first rule of both showbiz and superhero: always let them want more. Now is the time to start showing the world what miracles a man can do. Showbiz / Superhero Rule # 2: Timing is everything. There’s a new artist in town who wants to knock Mister Miracle off his pedestal and claim his famous nickname! Can Shilo break free from this trap? (Why yes, that’s a clue.) “

Writing and drawing

I’m going to be completely honest and admit that I’m a little biased against any Mister Miracle title that doesn’t feature Scott Free as the man escaping some destiny. It’s nothing against Shiloh Norman as a character (I liked his “Seven Soldiers” series under Grant Morrison), it’s just that I’m so attached to Free that this character. Now, with Free’s popularity at an all-time high following the success of Tom King and Mitch Gerard’s masterpiece, having a Mister Miracle title starring a character that many people might not recognize is a big deal. arduous task. This is why he’s so unfortunate that “Source of Freedom” # 1 stumbles in his attempt to bring Shiloh Norman back to the forefront after DC’s Future State event. The script for this comic has too many intrigues happening all at once, and none of them really have enough time to breathe. It feels like on every other page there is a major development involving something new in Norman’s life, when we didn’t even understand how important the last conflict was. This question is overloaded with a romantic subplot, a socio-political message, a cosmic threat, and Norman accepting his identity as Mister Miracle and the issues he inherits with that identity. None of these plot elements really have much time on their own. That being said, the most engaging part of this question is Shilo’s struggle with his secret identity as a black man and whether it is his “responsibility” (as some would say) to go public. The pages that focus on this struggle are the best part of this comic book‘s storyline, and I would have liked to see more questions address this struggle. Instead, we get a comic that struggles to find a purpose and creates a tangled reading experience.

Artistic direction

Saving grace in “Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom” # 1 comes in the form of pencils by Fico Ossio and colors by Rico Renzi. Ossio’s dark and stylized aesthetic is full of detail and kinetic energy. The way Ossio draws his characters both in their expressions and movements does a great job of getting us into the room (or falling out of space in a ridiculous escape stunt) with the cast, and the emotions feel real. throughout the book. The action and the way she crosses the panels is full of forward movement and is absolutely stunning. Sometimes there is the feeling that too much is happening once on a page or that the actions seem to be happening together. However, I mostly attribute this to the script rather than the artist. Rico Renzi’s colors are saturated and complex, with tons of tonal variations and shadows. Mister Miracle’s costume appears with a definition that sets it apart from how such a look should stand out against the backdrop of a normal urban environment. Rob Leigh’s letters vary slightly with font changes and a clean look, but don’t overdo it outside of the basics. This is a sharp looking comic that manages to elevate a convoluted script to an enjoyable read.

“Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom” # 1 is a well-drawn but hastily written first comic book for this re-introduction of Shiloh Norman as the Apokalips-born Houdini. Brandon Easton’s script handles a few moments of engaging writing and solid dialogue, but it mostly fumbles trying to deal with too many issues at once and never allows the plot to breathe. Fico Ossio and Rico Renzi’s visuals are vivid and stylistically impressive, making this a killer-looking comic with its own unique aesthetic. If you’re a fan of the underdog Mister Miracle identity and want to give it a shot, pick it up when it hits shelves on 05/25!


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