Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1 Review

Living Better Through Forgetting

Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Dani, Lee Loughridge, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 21, 2021

It's time to dive back into those Secret Files that Batman likes to keep and for this one we'll be looking at the background of the new character Miracle Molly and her association with the Unsanity Collective. Hopefully, it will be more than the basic gist that we've been given where somebody just has their mind wiped so that they can be their best self with the insanity of modern life and what it entails stripped away from them. Let's check out Miracle Molly and where she came from.

So pretty much, the majority of this issue is the basic idea of what we were given in the regular Batman books that have dealt with Miracle Molly and the Unsanity Collective where Miracle Molly, previously Mary Kowalski, has become disenchanted with the day-to-day tasks that go with the rules and expectations of life as an adult....... and she also is a genius who works for a robotics company. That latter half will come into the story later on when Molly decides to take the Unsanity plunge.  

The thing about this book is it takes the majority of the issue to really get going and during that time we essentially just see Mary Kowalski just doing the same thing over and over again while Master Wyze keeps talking in the background all poetic about why you shouldn't be a conformist and I understand that that was the way the creative team wanted to take this book because that's the essence of what people in the Unsanity Collective are escaping from but it also makes a pretty boring issue overall and doesn't start picking up until the end and even that part with Mary's boss that finally pushes her over the top to get her to become who she currently is, is pretty cliche and just almost Batman '66 in its villainy and outright over the top-ness.

All in all, I really didn't care for the art in this issue and for a story that felt so monotonous, even if that's the feeling it was going for, it needed to have art that made this origin story for a character feel at least a little more important instead of something that will leave you squinting, wondering if what you are looking at is actually what it is. If you are a fan of Miracle Molly then you'll definitely want to pick this issue up but for the most part, you've already been given the gist of this story previously when the Unsanity Collective has been featured in Batman, and from what you get out of this...... the extra isn't really worth it overall.

Bits and Pieces:

While I was looking forward to this Secret Files to give me a reason to really care about Miracle Molly and the Unsanity Collective this issue just doubled down on what you already knew about Molly and the group while sprinkling in a few new tidbits along the way while showing it with art that seriously left me wanting more by the end. Ultimately, this issue felt rough all around.


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