So I tried to use spoiler tags to make this less gigantic and more readable. Lemme know if it works.
THE MANY ADVENTURES OF MIRANDA MERCURY #295 (of 300)
Writer: Brandon Thomas (ROBIN)
Artist: Lee Ferguson (SUPERGIRL),
Inker: Marc Deering
Colorist: Felix Serrano.
Who is Miranda Mercury?
BRANDON THOMAS: Miranda Mercury is the star of the sci-fi adventure comic The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, which will begin publication in this very dimension through Archaia Studios Press on February 27, 2008. Some have called her the greatest adventurer in this or any other galaxy, but she doesn’t believe that impressive tagline for a second. Like most heroes whose own greatness and influence escapes them, Miranda exists in this kind of emotional vacuum where her actions are somewhat commonplace, a train of thought every intelligent being should logically follow. What person wouldn’t devote their life to experiencing every new world and culture one could experience? Or dedicate themselves to fighting injustice and intolerance on more planets than they could ever possibly visit? What kind of person does the impossible, and then does it again just so you know the last time wasn’t a joke?
They say one person can’t make a difference---that their relative insignificance makes them easily ignored, destroyed, or corrupted. Miranda Mercury would call these people cowards, offering the same level of disdain reserved for those who are causing a universe worth of problems in the first place.
My thoughts and preview pics
So I got this today and I really hope people pick it up since it's pretty cool and will almost certainly need the support (well its a six issue series thus far but I'm assuming if it does well it may get picked up?). It's sort of a cartoony space adventure. Not quite pulpy but it's certainly not realistic or gritty. I feel like it's going to go over the top with space opera conventions, wacky science and bizarre alien worlds and if that sounds like your cup of tea (like if you're a Fear Agent fan) I urge you to go pick it up.
Luckily you don't have only my recommendation to go on, since I'm just some dude. We also get preview pics from issue 295 (really issue 1) out Feb 27th (2 days ago for those of you keeping track). You can check the site but since you guys are probably lazy and I'm trying to plug the book here are pages 1-10:
In a way I think it's a shame that the first 10 pages are the preview pics because I think the book only really takes off as this sequence is ending. Hopefully that gives some of you who are on the fence some incentive to check out the rest, if the first few pages have you interested but not fully sold.
You can get more preview pics from next issue and see the ones I just posted again at http://www.mirandamercury.com/previews.htm
I guess http://www.mirandamercury.com
is their main site--they've got cover art for the next few issues, information on the creators, and some other neat stuff there. But I don't see a messageboard or anything like it so here I am making a thread about a book I think 3 people in GV have bought. Here's hoping it's not just me, Munch and wwtMask. But I guess if it is we at least have a cozy little thread to discuss the book in. If I screwed up this OP lemme know and I'll make with the edits.
Discussion SPOILER ALERT!!!
Since I read the previews and read some backstory before getting the book I wasn't really surprised at much of the content. I knew about the poison in Miranda's veins, the Riddle of the Rebel Ronin being a Rubix Cube and basically the general plot of the whole book before I picked it up. But I was still surprised by Jack's attempted double cross (37 moves instead of 36) and Miranda's wish. I liked the idea of the mind expanding drug and the whole unlocking sequence was really well done. The art was solid throughout, I especially liked the way Rebel Ronin was drawn, but some of the storyboarding seemed a bit sloppy. I hate not being able to tell what is going on, and I felt like the art was cleanly and crisply drawn in style, but not clear in getting across meaning, especially in the early bounty hunting sequence.
Other links with cool info and interviews and stuff
CBR basic info on the series: http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=12994
Comiccon has more good info from the creator: http://www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=36;t=007060
Newsarama stuff about art and character development: http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=147306
The Secret History of Miranda Mercury: http://www.comicsbulletin.com/ambi/11890103241818.htm
Random Review: http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/showthread.php?t=44585