Obscurity of DC Presents: Ultra-bscure Book Club, Week 2 (November 13-November 19) --- MISTER MIRACLE: THE GREAT ESCAPE!

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Number of Issues: 1 (Please only read pages 1-115)

Not-so-brief description from dc.com: Scott Free wants nothing more than to leave Apokolips for planet Earth, and he knows exactly how to do it. But his plan never involved falling in love with the head of the Female Furies, Big Barda—the one person tasked with ensuring he never escapes. From Varian Johnson, the author of the Coretta Scott King Author Honor book The Parker Inheritance, and Afrofuturist artist Daniel Isles (a.k.a. DirtyRobot) comes the story of an escape plan that will take a miracle to pull off. Luckily for Scott, everyone calls him Mister Miracle! Okay, no one calls him that…yet.

Now that that’s over with, here are some discussion questions:

  1. Why do you think Himon refuses to give Scott any information about the plan?
  2. Who do you think Himon’s friend on Earth will be?
  3. Why do you think Daniel Isles (the illustrator of the book) decided to change Scott’s race after such a long history of being white?
  4. Why do you think Scott is such a smartass to the people that already are trying to hurt and/or kill him?
  5. What do you think made Scott realize he has a crush on Big Barda? Explain.

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I totally missed this one coming out! A fun read so far, just ever so slightly off from classic origins. Glad you picked it for OODC!

Trust. He’s been there long enough to know kids are dumb and even the most well intentioned will accidentally reveal plans, so he does what any underground insurgent would do and only reveals enough if the plan for Scott to do his part. As much as he treats Scott as a friend, he’s really just a tool to get Bekka help.

I’d guess Thaddeus Brown, or maybe Oberon. Otherwise the Mister Miracle mask seems a little random.

Probably just for diversification, though I’m suspecting from Granny’s face paint that there mighty be some overt race parallels being drawn in the New Genesis / Apokalypse relations. At a minimum is just adding racism to Darkseid’s list of sins.

It’s his defense mechanism. If he jokes about everything he doesn’t have to think about how horribly he’s treated, or how he’s treating others.

Seems like mostly a love-at-first-sight thing. Maybe an aspect of being a little guy have him some awe at her size and strength. Maybe an aspect of being the first person he’s met with similar skin tone to his?


Is Jess Belle a character we should know? All they others are the classics (give or take a change in generations or species), so she seems or of place. Oh, duh, she’s Jezebelle of the Fiery Eyes!