The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

The "new" New Gods

Posted in Final Crisis by mrread7 on May 14, 2008

Today, I’m going to look at the upcoming return of the New Gods from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World. Now they are the New Gods of the Fifth World. Let’s look at the history and what they are going to be like during Final Crisis and BEYOND!!!


Born under the name of Uxas, Darkseid is son of Yuga Khan and Heggra. He is the ruler of the planet Apokolips, a post he obtained after assassinating his mother. A destructive war between his rival planet, New Genesis, was stopped only with a diplomatic exchange of the sons of Highfather and Darkseid. Darkseid’s second born son Orion from his wife Tigra is surrendered to Highfather, while Darkseid receives Scott Free, who later becomes the master escape artist Mister Miracle. This eventually turns out to be a setback for Darkseid, with his biological son growing up to value and defend the ideals of New Genesis in opposition to his father. Darkseid’s first born son is Kalibak the Cruel, and his third born son is Grayven. Drax, Darkseid’s brother, also became the Infinity-Man.
Darkseid’s greatest ambition is to eliminate all free will from the universe and reshape it into his own image. To this end, he seeks to unravel the mysterious Anti-Life Equation, which will give him complete control over the thoughts and emotions of all living beings in the universe. While he has yet to obtain a working copy of the Anti-Life Equation, Darkseid has tried on several other occasions to achieve dominance of the universe through other methods. He has a special interest in Earth, as he believes humans possess collectively within their minds most, if not all, fragments of the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid intends to probe the minds of every human in order to piece together the Equation. Seeing other gods as a threat, Darkseid invaded the island of Themyscira in order to discover the secret location of the Olympian gods. He planned to overthrow the Olympians and steal their power. Refusing to aid Darkseid in his mad quest, the Amazons battled his parademon troops, causing half of the Amazon population’s death. During the Our Worlds at War storyline it is explained that Wonder Woman was able to gain her revenge against Darkseid for killing so many of her sisters by placing a portion of her own soul into Darkseid. This supposedly weakened the god’s power as he lost a portion of his dark edge.

Darkseid attempted to attack Earth by kidnapping Supergirl. He had used Black Kryptonite to brainwash Supergirl, thus providing him with a leader for his Female Furies, as well as a warrior on par with Superman. (This happens off-panel, as the Black Kryptonite is never shown during this storyline) However, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman were able to save Supergirl. This set forward a plan of revenge by Darkseid to destroy Supergirl; this plan also fails as Supergirl is teleported out at the last minute. Superman is set into an unparalleled fit of rage as he hurls Darkseid into the sun where they attempted to destroy each other. Superman beats Darkseid unconscious enough to throw him into the Source Wall, where Superman declares that, “For years and years, you’ve tried to learn the secrets of ultimate power from the other side. But you will never get the answers—just like the others who are entombed here. This is where you belong. Along with all the other failures in the universe.” The mysterious appearance of the Maximums in the next story arc (see below) has been linked to Darkseid. During the Superman/Batman story arc “With a Vengeance” (issues 20-25), the Joker attempted to control Darkseid when the Clown Prince of Crime gained powers similar to Mister Mxyzptlk. It was later revealed that Bat-Mite was inside the Joker the whole time (Bat-Mite literally crawled out of his mouth). Darkseid actually attempted to vaporize the Joker with his Omega Beam, but failed to hit his target. To pay a debt incurred to an alternate reality Darkseid and in order to realign the timeline, Superman recently freed Darkseid from his entombment in the Source Wall. In Superman/Batman #25, Mister Mxyzptlk revealed that Darkseid’s destiny was yet to be written and that their futures were tied together via the cryptic statement “From the fourth world into the fifth dimension. Kinda like the ring tone of that, Big D.” In #40, it has been revealed that Darkseid has been drained of his omega powers when he was imprisoned in the Source Wall. Desaad used a mind-controlled Superman to retrieve Highfather’s staff from the Source Wall, and use it as a conduit to recharge Darkseid’s energies, via a portal to the Omega Realm.
Meanwhile, during this time Darkseid orchestrated events to his liking, observing what was happening across the universe as the death of the Fourth World drew near, plotting to remake the universe in his own image. As New Gods were killed across the galaxy, Darkseid marshalled his forces on Apokolips, even resurrecting Virman Vundabar despite his earlier attempt to assassinate Darkseid–notably putting his forces in defensive deployments. In conversation with Metron, he then indicated that he knew more than his fellow New Gods about what was transpiring with the mysterious God-killer, which he refused to share, content in knowing more than Metron for once. It has since been revealed that Darkseid appears to be manipulating almost all the key characters in Countdown to Final Crisis on a giant cosmic chess board. He has given his protection to Jimmy Olsen, vaporizing a parademon for attacking him, and he has ensured that Karate Kid, carrier of the Morticoccus virus, survives. His reasons for both these are unknown. In Countdown 25, he attempts to recruit Mary Marvel as his sorceress using his pawn Eclipso, but she turns on him and escapes. He has also assigned Desaad to ensure the “Great Disaster” comes about, and assigned Granny Goodness to recruit new Female Furies from Earth in the guise of Athena. It has been indicated by DC that with the Fourth World at an end, Darkseid seeks the rise of the “Fifth World”, possibly on Earth, and is harnessing the Great Disaster and the Death of the New Gods to bring this about. Additionally, Darkseid has been manipulating the monitor Solomon to bring about a war between the Monitors and Monarch for the fate of the Multiverse. It is later revealed that Darkseid had turned Jimmy Olsen into a container for the powers of the New Gods. He sends Mary Marvel, whom he had coerced into taking back her dark powers, to capture him. Superman comes to Jimmy’s aid, only for Darkseid to take control of Jimmy’s powers, making him radiate Kryptonite. Ray Palmer manages to shut off Darkseid’s control, and the villain is confronted by a gigantic turtle-like Jimmy. After battling Jimmy across the Metropolis landscape, Darkseid moves in for the kill only to witness The Atom emerge from Jimmy’s head. Palmer quickly destroys the vessel of the New Gods’ powers freeing them into the void. Enraged, Darkseid is taken by surprise when a Boom Tube opens above the skies of Metropolis. His scion and son Orion emerges from the tube, having managed to escape being murdered by the Infinity Man. Orion and Darkseid battle, and after a furious exchange, Darkseid is killed when his heart is ripped from his chest by his own son.
However, shortly after his death, Darkseid was reborn in DC Universe #0.

Darkseid Now

Darkseid isn’t getting that much of an updated look. He is still looking rocky like he did during Jack Kirby’s original design for him. However, the Omega symbol is now as much a part of his suit as his powers. He is also in constant pain and the symbol for his rule is the reverse of the The Source. I really like the look, he looks very scary and more “godlike” than he did with his original. Truth be told, Darseid has started to really wane in power the last few years to the point that Batman could fight him. If he’s this all powerful dark god then how can the Dark Knight beat him? Safe to say, Darkseid’s day of looking like a loser are now far over.


Desaad’s first recorded appearance in the history of the DC Universe was as a hanger-on at the side of Drax, heir to Apokolips. He had already taken his “god-name”, which he claimed to have taken in tribute to a being from the future “who has taught me much in my chosen field”.
Desaad’s origins were revealed during Darkseid’s chess game with Eclipso. After Eclipso told Darkseid of how the former caused the Biblical flood, Darkseid shared how he had corrupted an innocent youth by tricking him into believing the youth’s cat had killed his other pet, a bird. Goading the boy to avenge the bird, Darkseid manipulates the youth into burying the cat alive. The bird returned, having flown off, and in a rage, the youth killed the bird and left New Genesis to become Darkseid’s lackey.
Desaad appeared to be helping Drax with his attempt to master the Omega force. In fact, he was plotting with Drax’s brother Uxas. As a result Drax was presumed killed, and Uxas mastered the Omega force, taking the god-name Darkseid. Desaad went on to serve as Darkseid’s torturer.
Desaad is a sadist (as the name implies) and a coward. He is naturally treacherous, but is sufficiently afraid of Darkseid that he will not turn against his master unless someone else takes the lead (and will probably switch sides again if it looks like they will fail). He spent some time posing as Darkseid to keep Intergang going. While Darkseid had been involved with Intergang as part of his search for the Anti-Life Equation, Desaad simply wanted to cause suffering.
Desaad was seemingly killed during an attempt by Darkseid to penetrate the Source. He was subsequently found to have “bonded” with Orion, causing the latter to become cruel and manipulative. They were later separated. While missing, his second-in-command Justeen plots to overthrow Desaad’s position and become closer to her beloved Darkseid (Orion #1 June 2000).
In the Superman/Batman story Torment, Desaad is tasked by Darkseid to retrieve Highfather’s staff from the Source Wall, and use it to restore Darkseid’s waning powers. Using a brainwashed Superman, Desaad accomplishes this, but when the time came to recharge Darkseid’s powers, using the staff as a conduit to the Omega Realm, Desaad betrays Darkseid and tried to take the power for himself. The Omega Effect, however, possessed a horror within it that Desaad could not stand, and Darkseid simply siphoned the energy off him.
At the end of issue #25 of Countdown to Final Crisis Desaad, who had captured and tortured Professor Martin Stein, is able to take over the mantle and the power of Firestorm for himself. He is defeated and separated from the Firestorm matrix by the Atomic Knights, but flees before he could be captured. After disrupting a battle between Darkseid and Mary Marvel, Desaad gives Darkseid a compound that was unsuccessfully used to access the Anti-Life Equation. Desaad is then released from Darkseid’s service. However, Desaad has transported the Pied Piper to Apokolips as Brother Eye arrives. Desaad claims the Piper can channel the Anti-Life Equation and control the planet. Before the Piper can do so, Brother Eye finishes assimilating Apokolips. After recovering, Desaad confesses to masterminding Trickster and Piper’s ordeal. However, they are attacked by an OMAC and Piper is captured. Desaad continues to pursue Piper and convinces him to finally play. However, Piper’s first act is to kill Desaad.

Desaad Now

Not much has changed except Desaad’s hair line. He’s pretty much bald except for this little long tuff in the front. He has also lost his mechanical hand and he is still making parademons like usual. He still a very scary looking guy.

Granny Goodness.

Granny Goodness did not begin as one of the higher-level residents of Apokolips, but was instead one of the “Lowlies” – the brutally-oppressed peasant class. She was removed from her parents and trained to be one of Darkseid’s “Hounds” (his elite soldiers). One part of their training was to train their dog; Goodness named hers Mercy. Through combat and training, the two bonded. As the final step of her initiation into life as a Hound, she was told to kill her beloved pet. Instead, she killed her trainer for ordering this. When Darkseid asked why, she answered that “to have done otherwise would have robbed my lord of a most valuable asset,” telling him that Mercy would obey her first, but him foremost. Testing this, Darkseid ordered Mercy to kill Goodness. Mercy attacked Goodness, forcing Goodness to kill her pet. Darkseid was impressed, telling Goodness that she had graduated with honors. “You have trained Mercy so well in my name that perhaps you’ll do as well training others whose blind obedience I will one day require.”
Darkseid had Granny run the training facility for his elite soldiers, where she uses brainwashing and torture, in a brutal parody of child care, to turn the innocent into fanatical warriors willing to kill or die for Darkseid’s glory. Since the war between Apokolips and New Genesis first moved to Earth, Granny Goodness has often run Earthly orphanages, looking for potential warriors for Darkseid.
Granny runs the “orphanage” on Apokolips and is the chief of the Female Furies. She also raised Scott Free, the son of Highfather of New Genesis who had been traded for Darkseid’s son as part of a peace treaty. Scott Free (AKA Mister Miracle) became the first child to successfully escape one of her Orphanages. In the final issue of the Amazons Attack miniseries it was revealed that Granny Goodness has been posing as Athena, having been manipulating the Amazons into the war. It also appears that Goodness is posing as Athena in the Countdown series, using Amazon centers to recruit new female fighters. She is also holding the Gods of Olympus prisoner. After the gods are freed by Mary Marvel, Holly Robinson and Harley Quinn, Granny is attacked and killed by Infinity-Man.

Granny Now

Your daddy’s Granny Goodness this is not. Granny has gone from that mean old woman across the street to looking like your scariest doll come to life. She is constantly smiling instead of frowning like in the old days. She is still merciless when in comes to creating her Female Furies but now she keeps a smile on her face. Imagine seeing that mug in an arena.

Black Racer

The Black Racer’s corporeal form is that of the otherwise bedridden Sgt. Willie Walker, who was paralyzed during the Vietnam War. Walker was contacted by the Source when Darkseid first brought the war of the gods to Earth, and told it was his responsibility to take on the role. The Racer makes use of skis as his means of transport, much as Silver Surfer (another Kirby creation) used a surfboard for transportation through space. This similarity is commented on in an issue of Young Justice; when told that “Death is coming…on skis!” Superboy remarks “Skis? What’s next, a surfboard?”. New Gods are collected by the Racer at the moment of their deaths, and taken to Hadis (the Fourth World version of Hades).
According to Captain Atom #42 the Black Racer represents “death as inevitability”, whereas Death of the Endless represents “death as compassionate release”. This has been contested by Neil Gaiman, who says that Death of the Endless is the ultimate incarnation of death in the DC Universe. However,in Adventures of Superman # 500, part of the Death of Superman storyline, Jonathan Kent ventures into the afterlife where his guide is none other than the Black Racer (Apparently, Death of the Endless could not be used).
During the Our Worlds at War crossover, he came to harvest Steel’s soul, but Superman talked him out of it. In the Darkseid Vs. Galactus crossover, Silver Surfer talked the Racer from claiming Orion. This was a highly unusual occurrence; the Black Racer is usually implacable. In Grant Morrison’s miniseries Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle, the Black Racer appears as a wheelchair-bound man (probably not Willie Walker, as he appears Caucasian), following the destruction of Apokolips and New Genesis. He has a bet with Metron as to whether Mister Miracle will be successful in saving the New Gods.
This version of the Black Racer will make an appearance in Final Crisis where he will go up against the flash. Willie Walker was killed in the first issue of the eight-part Death of the New Gods mini-series. He was killed by Infinity-Man who tore his heart out. Serifan of the Forever People was seen exiting the room after his death.

Black Racer Now

The skies of death are still there but the Black Racer has gone more Black Knight now and is always seen just before someone dies in the sky.
The area goes cold and you know that doom is upon you and he has no face anymore, just a skull. Doesn’t make me want to go skiing anytime soon.

Metron and Lightray

A demigod in power, Metron is sometimes a mere passive observer of the DC Universe. He wanders in search of greater knowledge beyond his own, riding on his Mobius Chair. Metron is of neither New Genesis nor Apokolips: as he states in New Gods #7, “The Pact,”: “I have no link with the Old Gods — or New!! I am something different! Something that was unforeseen!! — On New Genesis — or here!!”
In 1989’s Legend mini-series, Metron confides in Darkseid about the Anti-Life Equation. Apparently, Metron holds the key to the Anti-Life Equation, however he is a seeker of knowledge and so will tell no one of his knowledge. In a 1983 DC/Marvel crossover, X-Men / Teen Titans, Metron tells Darkseid that Dark Phoenix is a part of the Anti-Life Equation. Recently in the “Death of the New Gods” miniseries the Source explain the origin of the Anti-Life Equation to Metron.
Metron helped contact most of Earth’s superheroes in order to gather them during the Zero Hour crisis.
He observed the events of Kurt Busiek’s JLA/Avengers comic, giving Iron Man a Mother Box to balance the power given to the Justice League by Grandmaster. His main role during the miniseries was to observe and investigate Krona’s actions, refusing to deviate from his non-involvement at the end when Krona demanded his aid. At the end, Metron kept guard over the newly formed Cosmic Egg.
In the 2005 Mister Miracle miniseries, Metron contacts Shilo Norman (the current Mister Miracle) during a stunt gone wrong, making him aware of the Fourth World. In his first appearance in the book, he looks like he has before, but later he disguises himself as an epileptic man in a wheelchair.
During the events of Death of the New Gods, where the mysterious deaths of the entire Fourth World accelerated, Metron tracked and discovered the mastermind: the Source itself, which has in truth been lurking in the backgrounds for millennia trying to reacquire its original powers and reunite with its other half: the Anti-Life Entity. In true form, Metron sought not to stop the Source, but rather to stand by the Source’s side and watch & learn as the Fourth World of the New Gods came to an end.
Eventually, after the death of Mister Miracle at the hands of the Source, Metron grows disgusted, and demands his own death. The Source complies, and kills Metron before going to confront Darkseid.

Lightray is the shining star of New Genesis and a high-spirited New God. Unlike his grim friend Orion, Lightray is cheerful and optimistic and prefers to solve problems through compromise rather than combat. He uses the speed of light to his advantage in eluding foes.
Lightray has served one stint as a member of the Justice League. He joined the international branch along with Orion on the same night as a membership drive failed to find other new recruits. The difference between the two was illustrated in battle. While Lightray desires a minimum of fuss in battle by dispatching his foe, Crowbar, with a simple expenditure of energy to the man’s face while, Orion prefers to destroy the pavement around Blackrock — and then was angered when his opponent surrendered instead of fighting to the death.
In this same issue, Lightray demonstrates his knowledge of chess. Lightray’s long hair causes him to be mistaken for a female by the old fashioned General Glory. They stay with the team until just after the battle with General Glory’s old foe the Evil Eye.
As Sollis his idea of fun is protecting New Genesis from Apokolips, Darkseid, and his minions. He resides on New Genesis and is active in adventuring. He returns to Earth briefly in JLA #27 (March 1999), as part of an emergency expansion of the Justice League. The team battles the android Amazo in the Florida Everglades. Most of them are subdued and their powers copied, Lightray included. Amazo loses his powers when Superman, as the chairman, officially disbands the League, thus ending Lightray’s membership.
He would appear again to aid the League alongside Orion and Big Barda when the planet Qward attacked earth with a giant ship.
In Countdown #48, Lightray falls to earth after an off stage fight with the New Gods Killer (later revealed to be Infinity-Man). He dies holding Jimmy Olsen’s hand, repeating the word “infinite” and glowing brighter.

Metron and Lightray Now

Nothing has really changed, just a small streamlining and color changing. Same goes for Light Ray, he just is more illuminated.


Orion is the second son of Darkseid, half brother of Kalibak and Grayven, and the husband of Bekka.
As a child, he was traded for Scott Free in a peace effort between New Genesis and Apokolips. Raised as the son of Highfather Izaya, he was taught to control his rage and anger, becoming the most powerful warrior either world has ever known. This in itself was not an easy task given that his heritage boiled with the rage of the brutal and merciless Darkseid. Learning how to control his dark nature consumed much of Orion’s youth, but as he grew, his friends among the New Gods helped him direct his anger. Orion counts among his friends Lightray, Metron, Jezebelle, Scott Free, Barda and Forager. He is a hero dedicated to the ideals of New Genesis. His fighting skill and stamina have earned him the nickname “The Dog of War”.
The 25 issue Walt Simonson series was designed to follow the continuity of the original Jack Kirby’s Fourth World series, and was published after John Byrne’s “Jack Kirby’s Fourth World” series ended. To flesh out the series, characters such as Fourth World stalwarts Lightray, Darkseid, Desaad, and Kalibak, in addition to lesser used characters such as Tigra (early on in the series), Mortalla, and the Newsgroup Legion (an update of the Newsboy Legion) often supplied aid or ill intentions to the quick tempered Orion.
During Walt Simonson’s series, Orion was able to obtain the Anti-Life Equation (the source Darkseid was in search of). He then went to Apokolips and confronted Darkseid about his birth, and ended up fighting for control of Apokolips (he refused to use the Anti-Life Equation due to issues of pride and earning his destiny unaided). He defeated Darkseid and gained control of Apokolips. With the anti-life equation, Orion went to Earth to begin creating intergalactic peace. He turned Earth into a utopian like world that began disrupting the balance of the universe. It was revealed that Darkseid, alongside Metron, allowed Orion to defeat him, so he could understand the potential of the anti-life equation.
Orion has served two terms with the Justice League. He first demanded to join the League alongside his friend, Lightray. (Justice League America #42, 9.90). They were accepted into the ranks and stayed on until after the battle with the Evil Eye. (Ibid #50) Later, he and Big Barda were sent as agents of New Genesis to serve in the JLA. (JLA #17, April 1998) During his time in the League, Orion helped to defeat the returned Starro when its actions put almost the entirity of North America to sleep, and also aided Green Lantern, Steel, Plastic Man, and Barda in capturing a White Martian that had regained its original memory. On one occasion, when he and some of the other Leaguers were abducted by the apparently-insane Adam Strange as part of a plot to defeat a telepathic race, Steel was forced to steal Orion’s mother box and use it as a telepathic shield; Orion was so enraged that the mother box was devoting too much energy to keeping him calm to do anything else. However, Orion and Barda’s central mission was to help mobilize Earth’s heroes against the coming of the omnipotent Mageddon. Once again, Orion abandoned his mother box, giving it to Oracle while he confronted Mageddon at full ferocity, Oracle using it to set up a telepathic online network that could coordinate the heroes as they fought to stop the wars that Mageddon’s presence was inciting. Once Mageddon was defeated, he and Barda resigned. (Ibid #41)

In 2008’s Death of the New Gods, Orion initially suspects the New Gods’ murderer to be his father, Darkseid, but discovers this is not the case when Darkseid is interrogated by Mister Miracle. He himself is then suspected by the other New Gods, leading to a showdown with Mister Miracle which Superman defuses. Orion ultimately challenges the God Killer to single combat, intending to sacrifice himself so his friends can discover the God Killer’s identity. He sees the killer approach and charges him on his Astro Harness, leading to his death in a cataclysmic explosion which blinds even Superman and causes him to realize exactly why the residents of New Genesis profess divinity. All that can be found of him afterwards is his empty helmet, and it is revealed that so great was his wrath that in his death, he perished whole and returned to the Source, as opposed to having his soul stolen like most other New Gods. After his death, his father Darkseid senses it and looks into the skies of Apokolips with a trace of sadness, declaring that their joined story has at last ended.
However, Orion’s death is less permanent than it appears. The Source itself manages to recover Orion’s soul, and restores him in a mute energy projection to face Darkseid, who now has access to the slain New Gods residual energies. Due to his lineage, Orion is able to tap into this same power source, putting him on an even footing with his father. Darkseid retreats when the Source moves to destroy Apokolips, claiming that their battle will only be delayed.
In the end, Darkseid attempts to directly claim the entire energy of the slain New Gods from Jimmy Olsen (who has been used as a living vessel for their power), only to fail thanks to the intervention of the Atom. It is then that Orion arrives via Boom Tube, apparently restored to his original body, to end his endless fight with Darkseid. In order to comply with the prophecy, he kills Darkseid by ripping his heart out, creating a firepit of Apokolips from Darkseid’s chest cavity. A battered, wounded Orion walks away evidently to die of his wounds, refusing any care or external help. Whether his resurrection would have been permanent in any case is unknown.

Orion Now

Much like Metron and Lightray, Orion has been streamlined a bit and the astro-force is now fully part of his suit. At least now he doesn’t look like he’s taking his car seat with him all the time. Too bad he is currently living homeless on the streets of Metropolis. It will be interesting how he goes from there to being all sleek and cool again.

Mr. Miracle

Scott Free is the son of Izaya (Highfather), the ruler of New Genesis, and his wife Avia. However, 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 Darkseid; the exchange of heirs guaranteed that neither side would attack the other. Scott traded places with Darkseid’s second born son Orion.
Scott grew up in one of Granny Goodness’ “Terror Orphanages” with no knowledge of his own heritage. 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, 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.
Eventually, Scott Free 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. Once on Earth, he became the protégé of a circus escape artist, Thaddeus Brown, whose stage name was Mister Miracle. Brown was impressed with Scott’s skills (especially as supplemented with various advanced devices he had taken from his previous home). Scott also befriended Brown’s assistant, a dwarf named Oberon. When Thaddeus Brown was murdered, Scott Free assumed the identity of Mister Miracle. Barda later followed Scott to Earth, and the two used their powers, equipment, and skills in the war against Darkseid, who was still interested in recapturing both of them. Eventually, tired of being chased on Earth by Darkseid’s servants, Scott returned to Apokolips and won his freedom by legal means, through trial by combat.
Scott Free later became a member of the Keith Giffen-era JLA (as did Barda and Oberon) and remains a member of Earth’s heroic fraternity. Scott Free also has a brief cameo in the story “Passengers”, which appears in Volume I, Preludes and Nocturnes, of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. He guest-starred with Batman in issues of The Brave and the Bold and with Superman in DC Comics Presents.
In addition, the character (and wife Big Barda) was made a member of the revived Justice League and appeared regularly in the Jack Kirby’s Fourth World series by John Byrne.
His most recent appearance is in the Death of the New Gods mini-series by Jim Starlin, where he finds that Big Barda has been murdered, and is revealed to contain most of the Anti-Life Equation. He is killed along with Metron later by the reunited Source.

Mr. Miracle Now

Shilo’s mother abandoned him as an infant. He spent the early parts of his youth in a Suicide Slum orphanage (Metropolis). Shilo was unsatisfied with his lot in life, so he fled the abuses of the orphanage and began living on the streets. Young Shilo Norman became the informal ward of escapologist Thaddeus Brown (Mister Miracle I), and also served as an occasional stand-in. When Thaddeus Brown was murdered by a mobster named Steel Hand, his protege Scott Free avenged his new friend’s death by taking on the identity of Mister Miracle and brought Steel Hand to justice. After Brown’s death, Shilo worked with the new Mister Miracle and his wife Barda.
Shilo eventually found his brother, who was murdered before his eyes by a gang member. He ran to the police, and Metropolis policeman Solomon Driver (Mister Miracle #15) was assigned to leave Shilo Norman in the protective custody of Scott Free. Driver’s relationship with Scott was cordial; he didn’t take Mister Miracle’s crimefighting career very seriously, and believed that “escape artists could give us police a lot of trouble”.
Shilo escaped to take revenge for his brother’s death on his own, but Scott and Barda followed, preventing him from making a terrible mistake. During the course of these events Shilo saves Scott’s life. Scott decided to train Shilo in his own special escape artistry techniques and gave him advanced New Genesis technology. Later, as a student at New York University, Shilo studied a wide variety of subjects, and in his spare time he performed sleight of hand and small feats of street magic for the crowds in Washington Square Park. He developed an annoying habit of talking in non sequiturs, which he attributes to too many comparative philosophy classes. He was apparently studying for a degree in physics, and had taken several other modern science courses. NYU was also where met his girlfriend Fiona Leeway.
During this time, Shilo tried on the hero gig as a third generation Mister Miracle, standing in for Scott as a member of Justice League International using New Genesis technology that he had either modified or built himself such as his Enerjams and Zoom Pads. Still a master escape artist, the now-adult Shilo was appointed security chief of the Slabside Island Maximum Security prison for Metahumans, also known as the Slab. For his heroic actions during the Joker’s “Last Laugh” riot, he was promoted to Warden of the Slab, which had by then been relocated to Antarctica.

Recently, Shilo has appeared as a very successful and well-paid escape artist, using the name Mister Miracle. He became famous for large scale televised stunts, including well-publicized escapes from the second dimension, the center of the earth, and inside the event horizon of a miniature black hole, stunts which enabled him to live a lavish celebrity lifestyle. He still possesses a Mother Box, but seems to have no memory of the New Gods. The reason for this is not yet clear.
In the last issue of the Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle miniseries, Shilo saw all his friends fall to the Anti-Life Equation, after which Darkseid subjected him to the “Omega Sanction”, in which he lived a series of oppressive lives (including one in which he was working at the Slab). Upon escaping from this trap, Shilo found himself in the black hole where he first met Metron, seven days later.
In Seven Soldiers #1, Shilo heads to the Club Dark Side to free Aurakles, Earth’s first superhero, in order to break the Sheeda’s contract with Dark Side to “harrow” Earth and let him hunt down the Gods. In exchange, he sacrifices his life, and at the end of the issue his second resurrection is shown — escaping literally from the grave, apparently thanks to his absorbing his Mother Box’s consciousness and abilities.
Shilo has appeared in crowd scenes during Infinite Crisis, confirming his survival. Shilo appears in Firestorm, the Nuclear Man #33 and approaches Jason Rusch and Martin Stein, the two men who currently come together to form Firestorm. He then informs them that one quarter of the Anti-Life Equation is hidden within the Firestorm Matrix, the other quarters are apparently held by Earth’s other three Elementals, the Red Tornado, Naiad and Swamp Thing. Following the death of Scott Free, Shilo now takes on the mantle of Mr. Miracle full time.

Well, I’m done folks, thank you Wiki, time to sleep.


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