|Unlike on Return of the New Gods, Rogers provided his own cover. Sadly, his|
first is also by far his worst work on the book.
The book opens with a stupendous splash page that quickly covers the nitty-gritty on the inner workings of Mister Miracle. It's a handy introduction to a character that's only had three appearances in the past three and a half years.
|This is the kind of character work Englehart excels at, and Rogers kills it on the art side.|
Do those kind of statements ever go well in comics?
Just as Scott and Barda agree and kiss, a boom tube opens right in front of them! But Apokolips hasn't sent one threat. They've sent four: Granny Goodness, Vermin Vundabar, Kanto and Dr. Bedlam! Neither of the happy couple will back down from a fight! They attack the Apokoliptans with all their force. Barda lays out Granny, but Dr. Bedlam and Kanto work together to capture her. Scott fights to free her, but before he can the villains summon another boom tube. They disappear with Barda in their hands!
Highfather warns his son that the heroes of New Genesis are on Earth. Even the Female Furies are away and busy. (At this time, they still hadn't returned to Apokolips and Darkseid.) The only person that can stop the villains and free Barda is Scott himself. Scott accepts this truth, saying, "I understand, Highfather! I have faced these four before! I can face them again! And I'll do it - the same way!"
We switch to Earth where Oberon opens the door... and sees the return of Mister Miracle! Scott followed Granny's trail back to Earth and joins his new friend (and even gives a brief mention of Scott's last Brave & The Bold appearance.) Oberon joins him as they fly off to find Granny and Barda. They trace her to a Utah mine, but before they can enter, a warning from Granny blares out to them! If he enters the mine with his Mother Box, they will kill Barda immediately. Mister Miracle knows he has no choice. He pulls the Mother Box out of his costume. He keeps a few of his trick gadgets though, ready to escape any trap Granny might have for him.
He quickly finds Kanto, Vermin and Granny, but Barda isn't here! Instead Granny shows him footage of a sedated Barda in a machine to return obedience to the former Fury. Kanto and Vermin move to secure Mister Miracle. They chain and bind Scott, them drop him into a tank to drown.
The villains have thought him too overdependent on Mother Box for his escapes. But as they leave, he removes the high tech lock pick from his mouth. He uses the device to slice right through his bindings and then cut his way free of the tank!
|Mister Miracle is far craftier than the villains clearly think.|
We are promised an "Eclipse" with the next issue as this one closes.
This tale isn't as strong of work as what the team brought to Detective Comics. Yet their talents shine through even in a somewhat clunky tale. Much like Newton on Return of the New Gods, Rogers lets loose here with some amazing work that really shows off his skills. Englehart clearly knows these characters, even if it feels like he's throwing out too many too fast.
We will learn the fate of Barda and experience in a few short weeks as we start the bounce from the two New Gods comics running concurrently! There's a lot ahead so stay tuned for our next installment in 7 short days!