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Scott Free
Scott Free (Mister Miracle -5) 2
Information
Real name: Scott Free
AKA: Mister Miracle
Species: New God
Human
Homeworld: New Genesis
Universe: Earth-One
Earth-1A
Earth-1B
Hair: black
Eyes: blue
Relatives: Highfather (father)
Darkseid (adopted father)
Kalibak (adopted brother)
Big Barda (wife)
Occupation: Stage Performer / Escape Artist (part-time)
Base: New Genesis located in the Fourth World
Affiliations: Aero-troopers (formerly)
Justice League
Abilities: Expert Escape Artist
Voiced/Played: N/A
Scott Free (Mister Miracle -1)

Scott Free as he appeared in Mister Miracle #1 (April 1971)

Mister Miracle


Scott Free is the world's greatest escape artist and one of the New Gods. He is the son of Highfather Izaya, the ruler of New Genesis.


Background Information

In the parallel-universe of Earth-One, as part of a diplomatic move to stop a destructive war against the planet Apokolips, Highfather agreed to an exchange of heirs with the galactic tyrant and despotic ruler Darkseid. The exchange of heirs guaranteed that neither side would attack the other. Highfather’s first-born traded places with Darkseid's second-born son Orion.[1]

This boy grew up in one of Granny Goodness' ‘Terror Orphanages’ with no knowledge of his own heritage. While he was there he was given the name ‘Scott Free’. As he matured, Scott rebelled against the totalitarian ideology of Apokolips. Hating himself for being unable to fit in, he was influenced by Metron to see a future beyond Darkseid. Scott became part of a small band of pupils who were tutored in secret by the rebel Himon,[2] a New Genesian living as a 'Hunger Dog' on Apokolips. It was at these meetings that he met fellow pupil Big Barda, who would later become his wife.[3]

Eventually, Scott, now an Aero-troopers (elite soldier), escaped and fled to Earth. His escape, long anticipated and planned for by Darkseid, nullified the pact between Darkseid and Highfather and gave Darkseid the excuse he needed to revive the war with New Genesis. On Earth, Scott made friends with a retired escape artist named Thaddeus Brown and his assistant Mr. Oberon. Thaddeus was planning a come-back, but before he could make it, he was killed by gangsters. Scott assumed Brown's stage name -- Mister Miracle and his costume, and, using Apokolipsian technology, avenged the murder. In the superhero tradition, he then kept both the name and the costume, along with the ‘super escape artist’ motif, for use in a career of evil-bashing.[4]

Granny Goodness, the cruel mistress of the Apokolips institution from which Scott Free once escaped, comes to earth and tries to destroy Mr. Miracle with the help of her soldiers and a mysterious, powerful being called Overlord.[5]

Her attack is the first of many, as Darkseid begins to rain down attacks on him. One of Darkseid's agents, Dr. Bedlam baits Mr. Miracle into a battle. Big Barda arrives on Earth to help Scott fight Darkeseid’s forces. Soon after arriving, she is taken prisoner by Doctor Vundabar's troops, which have also arrived on earth. To save her, Mister Miracle must literally step into danger and endure weapon after weapon. It would not be long after this victory that Big Barda is greeted on earth by the Female Furies of Apokolips (Lashina, Mad Harriet, Stompa, and Bernadeth), a battle unit assigned to kill her and Scott.[6]

After they defeat the Furies, Scott and Barda decide to return to the hellish world of Apokolips to confront their attackers. Scott wants to escape Apokolips’ grip, from ‘within’ the laws Darkseid has established – ‘freedom by right of combat!’ After saying goodbye to Oberon, they use Barda’s mega-rod to teleport to Apokolips. They arrive, but are unknowingly being watched. While driving in a magna car, they are attacked by the evil master assassin, Kanto. Impressed with Mister Miracle’s bravery, the master assassin lets Mister Miracle go with a warning to kill himself and his wife for “death at Kanto’s may be cleaner than death fashioned by Granny Goodness!!” Scott then seeks out Granny at her orphanage, He finds Hoogin, one of Granny's top guards. Hoogin was the one in charge of him when he was in Granny Goodness's ranks. He tells Hoogin to summon Granny. He wants to challenge her to secure his freedom. She scoffs at the request and orders him to Section Zero to face the Lump. Scott engages in an unusual battle with Lump. He is strapped down and forced into a mind link. Scott then battles inside the creatures mind! Meanwhile, Barda, through combat, enlists the Female Furies to help her find Mr. Miracle. Amazingly, Scott defeats the Lump by showing him his reflection causing a psychological defeat. Then he, Barda and female furies (who she leads against Darkseid's forces) head to Earth.[7]

Upon arrival via Boom Tube, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, and the Female Furies they find that they had missed their destination and are under attack, from automated gun turrets, rising up from the ground. They have returned to earth in a territory belonging to the World Protective League. Because the attack was a surprise, they are rendered unconscious and captured. This league is not really in the business of protection, as they are currently threatening the nations of earth with their latest terror weapon, an Orbital Plague Bomb, currently being outfitted with a payload of deadly viruses. This bomb had one passenger, Scott Free. The Female Furies are able to escape, but unable to prevent the deadly launch. Unbeknownst to the Furies, Mister Miracle had also escaped and cut a big slit in the side of the rocket, which will widen in the vacuum of space. The Orbital Plague Bomb explodes in space, destroying it's payload of viruses. Mister Miracle and the Female Furies use Barda’s Mega Rod to open a Boom Tube, allowing everyone to escape, before the research facility is destroyed. Later, all return to Scott Free's house and are greeted by Oberon, who introduces them to Thaddeus Brown's son Ted.[8]

Doctor Bedlam returns, but is easily defeated by Mister Miracle. [9] Over the next year Scott and Barda get married.[10]

While honeymooning on New Genesis, Barda is kidnapped by Granny Goodness, Virmin Vunderbar, Kanto and Dr. Bedlam. They bring her back to earth. Scott follows, teaming up with Oberon. The two go after Granny. She forces Scott to enter a deathtrap without his Mother Box, but when he escapes, he finds that his foes have left, and still have Barda with them. He deduces that they are now on the moon and he plans to follow them. He finds Barda, but she has been brainwashed - conditioned, through torture, to believe that her husband is the enemy. Husband and wife engage in a brutal no-holds barred battle. Ultimately, it is Mister Miracle who triumphs over Big Barda. Gathering up Barda in his arms, it is Mister Miracle's intent to, first, get Barda medical attention on New Genesis. They soon discover that Granny Goodness has conditioned Big Barda to believe any separation from Granny will cause her to lose the will to live. Scott leaves her in Highfather’s care, then seeks the council of Himon then resolves to carry the fight to Apokolips, confronting Darkseid, once and for all. Scott broadcasts a message to hundreds of worlds openly defying Darkseid. He hopes that Big Barda, and all others will see that they are not constrained to obey the edicts of their oppressors. Patrols are sent to find Mister Miracle, but are unsuccessful. Their failure is met by a brutal execution by Kalibak, Darkeid.s son. Soon Scott is captured, put in chains, and placed beneath a rapidly descending, rotating blade. Using his X-ray lens, he is able to see the dump chute, beneath their feet. He kicks it open, then dives to saftey. Seeing Mister Miracle challenge the will of Darkseid and triumph, Big Barda shakes off Granny Goodness' conditioning, immediately regaining her sense of self.[11]

What follows is an epic battle with Darkseid. Mr. Miracle, believing his cause is just, raises himself up as a ‘Messiah’ for the Lowlies. However, he is soon cast out of Apokolips by Darkseid. Mister Miracle finds himself drawn down to the surreal realm of Ethos. While here, Mister Miracle comes to the conclusion that, though born of divinity, he stands apart from both New Genesis and Apokolips, for he is human. With this lesson learned, Ethos sends Mister Miracle on his way.[12]

Mister Miracle returns to Apokolips, just in time to rescue Oberon, who has been apprehended by one of Darkseid's Photon Patrols. Mister Miracle then teleports himself and Oberon to New Genesis to collect his wife, Big Barda. While there, Scott has a fight with his father Izaya regarding his time spent in the realm of Ethos. Izaya raises his Wonder-Wand, in a show of power and authority, only to find Mister Miracle as connected to the Source as he. Mister Miracle relinquishes his citizenship in New Genesis, and renounces his allegiance to Izaya. From this moment on, Mister Miracle's destiny is his own. Freedom is the only cause he will serve. Mister Miracle, Big Barda and Oberon return to their home.[13]

Obsessed, Darkseid tasks Granny Goodness with killing Mister Miracle. To that end, she deploys a Photon Patrol, to Earth. Upon arriving, she seeks a human woman to control. One to do her dirty work. The young girl eventually resists. In anger, Granny threatens to kill her parents. As she is spirited away to Apokolips, Granny Goodness vows to find the evil antithesis to Mister Miracle, one that will finally destroy the 'World's Greatest Escape Artist'.[14]

Earth-1A history

In the Earth-1A universe, not much is known about Scott Free. We do know that he showed up (in the SuperFriends Comic Book) as a co-host on a telethon hosted by Justice League and the SuperFriends.[15]

Earth-1B history

Coming soon!


Powers and Abilities

Super Powers

Abilities


Weaknesses

  • Radion


Transportation

  • Aero-Discs: Thin metal plates about a foot across. The New Gods use them for personal travel. They can reach speeds of 250 mph and attain altitudes of a few hundred feet. They can hover. Scott has modified his discs considerably. They are designed to retract into his boots when not in use. He also added magnets to let him cling to a metal wall or ceiling and toe knives to let him cut ropes or nets in flight.


Gallery


Appearances

Mr. Miracle never appeared in the "Super Friends" TV series.

Super Powers toyline and products

SuperFriends Comic Book (1976-1981):

Super Powers Comics (1984-1986):

  • Coming Soon!


Notes

  • Mr. Miracle first appeared in Mister Miracle #1 (April 1971) and was created by Jack Kirby.[16]
  • The eponymous series was part of the Fourth World tetralogy (aka ‘Kirby's Fourth World’).
  • The original title (‘Mister Miracle’) featuring this character was the longest-lasting of the Fourth World titles, lasting 18 issues while the other titles, ‘New Gods’ and The Forever People, were cancelled after only 11 issues.
  • Big Barda, the character's love interest, was introduced in Mister Miracle #4 (October 1971).
  • The characters and concepts of the Fourth World remained with DC for many years, and still echo through the back-story of some DC comics. But the three titles that introduced it did not.
  • By the time it was canceled, with #18 (March, 1974), Mister Miracle was the only one left.
  • The Mister Miracle title was revived in 1977, but ended again in '78. There was an occasional special or mini-series during the 1980s and '90s, and even another ongoing series that ran 1989-91 — this one distinguished by the writing of Mark Evanier (DNAgents) and the artwork of Steve Rude (Nexus). While that series was running, Mister Miracle briefly became a member of one of the Justice League revivals.


External Links


References

  1. As revealed in New Gods, #7 (February–March 1972).
  2. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #9 (July–August 1972). Shortly before Scott comes to earth for the first time, he comes across Himon, a master escape-artist and inventor who ‘pioneered’ the Boom Tube and the Mother Box. Himon was also the partner of Metron, the mentor of young Scott and a group of underground Apokolips youth (the eternal target of Darkseid). Scott’s life as a soldier is about to take a drastic turn. He rebels and is captured by Big Barda. Barda also has a change of heart when she sees Wililk murder all her prisoners except Scott. Himon rescues Scott and now Barda, killing Willik with a bomb in the process. Later, Scott is stripped of his rank, but breaks out with Barda's help and crawls towards a Boom Tube set up by Himon and Metron. Darkseid appears, and declares he will not interfere, giving Scott the choice to remain with him and become a warrior of Apokolips, or seek his destiny at the other end of the Boom Tube. Scott cries, "Let me be Scott Free--and find myself!", and leaps into the tube. Just before they phase out, Metron and Himon vanish, and prophesy that "we shall be in Armagetto when it ends! For it is here where you will face Orion!" Darkseid sneers that he will face Orion wherever Fate decrees, and that someday he will shut down all ‘free-will’ in the universe save his own, with the power of Anti-Life.
  3. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #18 (February–March 1974).
  4. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #1 (April, 1971). In the comics, Scott’s true origin would not be revealed for at least a year.
  5. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #2 (June, 1971).
  6. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #3 - #7 (1971-72).
  7. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #8 (June, 1972).
  8. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #10 (October, 1972).
  9. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #11 (December, 1972).
  10. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #18 (March, 1974).
  11. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #19 - #21 (1977).
  12. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #22 - #23 (1978).
  13. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #24 (June, 1978).
  14. As revealed in Mister Miracle, #25 (August, 1978).
  15. As revealed in Super Friends, Vol. 2 #5 (June 1, 1977).
  16. Click here for more information on that comic book.

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