Miracle Molly As A Fable Of Work-For-Hire And Creator-Owned Comics?

It's Miracle Molly time! James Tynion IV is quitting Batman in November, in order to focus on his creator-owned line, including his Substack Comics, The Blue Book, and The Department Of Truth: Wild Fictions. He is also using his Substack subscription to talk about his many frustrations working for DC Comcis (and the good stuff too, of course). But is he also using his comic books as well? Today sees the publication of Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly, starring the character he created for the main Batman series and revealing the origin of his anarchist technomage, with artist Dani. And it's hard to read it as anything but. We have Mary Kowalski, working for Helios Robotics as a junior engineer, unappreciated in her role.

Miracle Molly As A Fable Of Work-For-Hire And Creator-Owned Comics
Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly

Looked over, ignored, her best ideas rejected in order for something to placate the here and now. And someone offering another choice. In this case, Mr Wyze of the Unsanity Collective.

Miracle Molly As A Fable Of Work-For-Hire And Creator-Owned Comics
Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly

As seeing the world and her place in it, in a very different way.

Miracle Molly As A Fable Of Work-For-Hire And Creator-Owned Comics
Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly

Even if she lives every day in a way she just can't stand any more.

Miracle Molly As A Fable Of Work-For-Hire And Creator-Owned Comics
Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly

And when finding one of those options, to seize the day, to make yourself be heard…

Miracle Molly As A Fable Of Work-For-Hire And Creator-Owned Comics

…doesn't go as well as you expected. Or at least hoped it might.

Miracle Molly As A Fable Of Work-For-Hire And Creator-Owned Comics

Leaving the other option to go it alone, start afresh, wipe away everything you have achieved, every memory people have of you, it's quite the gamble. But there is no other option…

Miracle Molly As A Fable Of Work-For-Hire And Creator-Owned Comics

That's the fear anyway. Of course, as everyone from Jack Kirby to Steve Gerber to Todd McFarlane to Mark Millar to Scott Snyder to Amanda Conner discovers that you always take some of what you were with you, even if so many people try to make people forget…

Miracle Molly As A Fable Of Work-For-Hire And Creator-Owned Comics?

 

Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly is published today by DC Comics.

BATMAN SECRET FILES MIRACLE MOLLY #1 (ONE SHOT) CVR A LITTLE THUNDER (FEAR STATE)
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Dani (CA) Little Thunder
Since Miracle Molly's explosive first appearance in the pages of Batman, people have been clamoring to know more about the colorful transhumanist vigilante! Now the wait is over—the history of Gotham's latest breakout star is revealed! It's a story so secret even Miracle Molly doesn't remember it! Discover what led a regular Gothamite to reject their past, name, and humanity to embrace the promise of a blank slate—the promise of the Unsanity Collective! Batman series writer James Tynion IV teams up with rising superstar artist Dani to bring you all the way back to the beginning of Miracle Molly in this exciting and integral Fear State special. Retail: $4.99

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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