DC Comics 101: Who are the New Gods?

The two most powerful beings in the universe clash, with the fate of all known existence in peril in the first volume of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s Justice League epic “Darkseid War,” which arrives in comic shops today. However, the title of the book doesn’t tell the whole story. While the expansive storyline does feature a shocking battle between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, it’s really a look at super hero comics as modern myth, and at its heart are the New Gods.

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It may not earn you a spot on the Justice League Dark, but the new Justice League Tarot Deck by DC Collectibles will sure spark plenty of conversations between you and your friends. We’ve rounded up five new cards from the deck to exclusively reveal to you. While we were at it, we spoke to artist Sara Richard about this unusual new DC Collectibles project, how she came to be a part of it and which Justice Leaguer she’d most like to give a reading to.

Mister Miracle

Raised on Apokolips, Scott Free experienced near constant pain and suffering throughout his early life. However, despite the brutality and violence inflicted upon him, his will never broke and he never gave up hope. He dreamed of escape. But to escape the unescapable, he would need a miracle—so he became Mister Miracle.

In order to stop the destructive and long-waged war between New Genesis and Apokolips, the benevolent Highfather agreed to a gesture of peace: he would exchange sons with Darkseid, effectively condemning his child to the hells of Apokolips. Darkseid turned Scott over to Granny Goodness's "Orphanage," where he was subjected to countless horrors and torture in an effort to destroy the goodness inside him, but Scott refused to surrender his innocence. Never physically powerful, Scott instead began training his mind—mentally distancing himself from the pain and sharpening his reason, logic and problem-solving abilities—turning him into an unparalleled and cunning thinker. When he finally made his escape, he succeeded through brain and not brawn, leaving behind the terror of Apokolips for life on Earth as the super hero Mister Miracle.

Mister Miracle shares a close and romantic relationship with his fellow New God Big Barda. The two met on Apokolips and quickly fell in love, despite their contrasting personalities. While Barda loves to fight and relishes battle, Scott is more peaceful and kind and simply wants to fit in and lead a normal life, much to Barda's chagrin. Their contrasting personalities but deep love for one another gives them one of the most unique relationships in the DC Universe.

Like all New Gods, Mister Miracle possesses beyond superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, stamina and more. Along with his natural gifts, Mister Miracle carries a number of weapons and advanced Apokoliptian technology, including a Mother Box that can transfer energy, sense danger and life, create force fields, project shock-waves and open boom tubes for travel. He also utilizes personally modified Aero Disks that allow him to fly at speeds of over 200 mph and cling to walls and ceilings. Incredible intelligent and resourceful, Mister Miracle is most impressively known as the world's greatest escape artist, with the ability to escape from literally anything—even death.

Big Barda

Some follow a philosophy of speaking softly and carrying a big stick. Big Barda does not. Instead, she lives up to her name with her awe-inspiring height and power as well as the impact she leaves on her enemies.

Taken from her mother at an early age, Barda grew up on Apokolips in Granny Goodness's "Orphanage" where she was trained in the art of battle. Barda relished fighting and enjoyed besting anyone that challenged her. Her sheer power and unparalleled skills in combat quickly made her the most feared Apokoliptian warrior of all time—an incredible feat to accomplish on a world that bred the most terrifying, cruel and malicious fighters in the Multiverse. Barda's abilities and take-charge attitude even allowed her to become the leader of the Female Furies, a ferocious and powerful group of warriors who served as the personal guard to Apokolips's tyrannical ruler, Darkseid. Barda served Darkseid for many years—until she met Mister Miracle. The two fell in love and Barda began questioning Darkseid’s cruelty and totalitarian philosophy. Eventually, she fled to Earth, battling her way through the hordes of Apokolips and her former allies—defeating them all.

Barda continues to share a close and romantic relationship with Mister Miracle, despite their contrasting personalities. Whereas Mister Miracle is more peaceful and kind, Barda loves to fight and relishes battle. She's the brawn to his brain, and as the more powerful of the two, tends to be very protective of him.

As a New God, Barda possesses immense levels of enhanced strength, speed, agility, stamina and more. Barda is also a master of multiple forms of combat and an expert swordswoman, capable of fighting even Wonder Woman to a stand-still. Her height alone makes her one of the tallest and most intimidating heroes in the universe. Along with her physical capabilities, Barda wears Apokoliptian armor that enhances her impressive abilities and wields the Mega-Rod, which may look small but packs a punch that could level mountains. As a high-tech weapon, the Mega-Rod fires powerful concussive bolts, increases gravitational forces and allows Barda to instantaneously teleport herself and others great distances.

Are You Ready for Justice League's Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok?

“Darkseid War,” the eagerly awaited new Justice League storyline that will find Earth caught in the crossfire as the universe’s two most powerful villains clash, kicks off this week in JUSTICE LEAGUE #41. Earlier this year, we spoke with writer Geoff Johns and artist Jason Fabok about this massive new story and what it means for the Justice League going forward.

A Dark Day Dawning: Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok Discuss "Darkseid War"

In 2011, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Cyborg united as the Justice League for the first time to defeat Darkseid and his legions of Parademons, kicking off what became known as The New 52 in the process. Now, the writer of that acclaimed tale, Geoff Johns, is bringing back the powerful leader of Apokolips, only this time Darkseid’s set his sights on a new adversary: the world-shattering Anti-Monitor. What happens when the two most destructive super-villains in the DC Universe take aim at each other?

DC Digital Comics: Celebrating Black History Month

From the honor and strength of John Stewart, to the pure techno power of Cyborg, to the energy and humor of Static Shock, DC’s African-American heroes have become both inspirations and favorites of DC fans the world over. John Stewart first joined the Green Lantern Corps in the 1970s and remains the definitive Green Lantern to a generation of fans who grew up with the Justice League animated series. Cyborg has overcome great injury and physical change and now fights alongside Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in the Justice League.

Exclusive Preview of BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #15

When Batman wakes up in an empty room that he has no recollection of going to, he’ll need to turn to Mister Miracle for help. But just when the two of them think they’ve escaped, they’ll have to make their way through an intricate obstacle course filled with danger at every turn. Can Batman and Mister Miracle make it out of this maze in time to stop the evil force that put them in there in the first place?
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