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.

DC Collectibles: Goofing (and GIFing) Off

At DC Collectibles, one of our goals is to help you grow your collection, whether it’s a collection of action figures, statues, comic books or super hero-shaped potato chips. (Okay, you’re on your own with that last one. We’ve spent decades hunting down chips that looks like the Justice League and we’re taking those babies with us to the grave!)  Anyway, today we thought we’d try something different today and help you expand your collection…of GIFs!

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.

DC All Access - Top 10 Most Powerful Items in the DC Multiverse

You don’t have to get struck by lightning or come from another planet to get super powers. Sometimes, all it takes is finding the right object, like any of the ten uber-powerful items on our latest list. In this exclusive DC All Access clip, we count down the ten most powerful items in the DC Multiverse. So, uh, anyone know where we can find a Starheart?

Want to learn more about the DC Multiverse? Check out our interactive map: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2014/08/18/the-map-of-the-multiverse

Be sure to watch this week's full episode of DC All Access, featuring an exclusive look at the Mad Max videogame: http://www.dccomics.com/videos/dc-all-access-ep-315-batkid-begins-and-mad-max-fury-road-video-game

DC Collectibles - Your Very Own Mother Box

What's the benefit of owning a Mother Box after a long day at work? Find out—and get your first look at our upcoming Mother Box Prop Replica—in this exclusive new DC Collectibles clip.

For more great videos from DC Collectibles: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYq7H1T5SzMeSmh1AX7W5gI8n4yzlkPWu

DC All Access - Bonus Clip - Green Lantern Goes to the Dark Side

The Green Lantern Corps has fought some pretty formidable foes in the past, but does it have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the New Gods? In this exclusive DC All Access clip, Tiffany chats with Green Lantern Corps writer Van Jensen about this week's new Futures End one-shot and the upcoming Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead event.

New full-length episodes of DC All Access return on September 16, 2014!

Five Things to Know about Infinity Man and the Forever People

As many of you know, today marks the release of INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #1, the debut issue of the newest ongoing monthly comic to join The New 52. However, there are likely just as many of you scratching your heads. The Baldaur siblings and their crew are great characters, but they’re not exactly Batman and Superman. So why don’t we lay the groundwork for you? If you’re new to the world of Infinity Man and the Forever People, here are five things you should know.
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