Comic Review: Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1 (DC Comics)

Miracle Molly makes a debut in her own title this month, in DC’s Batman Secret Files Miracle Molly #1. Molly, a criminal active in Gotham City after the Joker War, […]

Miracle Molly makes a debut in her own title this month, in DC’s Batman Secret Files Miracle Molly #1.

Molly, a criminal active in Gotham City after the Joker War, is a member of the Unsanity Collective. This much we know already… now we move forward:

With some hi-tech help, Molly has just broken into the penthouse apartment of a wealthy family. Way up high, all decked out in leopard skin tights and wildly coloured garb, Molly is calling the shots.

James Tynion IV keeps the scenes explosive, the narrative tense. Molly is a rebel, and we learn much much more about her in the pages that follow. What is she rebelling against? Artist Dani, with ample collaboration from Lee Loughridge on colour, tilts the tables, blows colourful scenes out of windows, cages, and our minds. It’s a sight for sore eyes, this kaleidoscopic wonder. The shadows are dark and square and dense, the high contrast highlights penetrate our vision. It’s super-saturated and over the top and wonderful.

The repetition, the rhythm, the sequencing of episodes in Molly’s experiences entrance us, keep our imaginations dancing along to the words and pictures. The scratchy-looking figures are silhouettes, the days and weeks are followed and linked by electronic circuits, as the energy continues to flow from page to page. Brilliantly done.

This is a fantastic starting point for us new readers, and it’s continued in “the pages of Batman”! Grab this one.

DC Comics, Batman Secret Files Miracle Molly #1, $4.99 for 34 pages of content. 13+

Alan Spinney

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