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The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury: Time Runs Out

Review

The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury: Time Runs Out

written by Brandon Thomas, illustrated by Lee Ferguson

Miranda Mercury is the kind of heroine the comics world needs. She’s strong, intelligent, powerful, and a good role model.

In a field where it often feels that superhero characters (or important comics characters in general) are always white males, Miranda Mercury is just what the doctor ordered. There definitely has been headway in getting both females and people of different ethnicities in comics, but there’s still a long way to go.

"In a field where it often feels that superhero characters (or important comics characters in general) are always white males, Miranda Mercury is just what the doctor ordered."

Miranda is a third-generation science hero who lives in a future where she regularly comes into contact with all sorts of extraterrestrial villains. The story is an all-out sci-fi adventure, letting writer Brandon Thomas stretch his imagination for interesting worlds and aliens. The part of the title that reads “The Many Adventures” is apt, because a number of different things happen in this graphic novel.
 
Miranda is such a strong character, you wouldn’t think there’s anything that could defeat her. But there is --- the one thing that can stop us all: death. She has less than one year to live because of a poison in her veins given to her by one of the villains. Instead of letting this stop her, she just goes at life all the harder. This gets the audience to root for her more and want to see her beat the odds and make it.
 
Though this serious premise is present in the book, don’t think it’s all sadness and intensity. In fact, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury can be quite funny, especially in its boxed descriptions of characters. This keeps the story bouncy and fun at the same time that it’s action-packed.
 
Obviously, Miranda is definitely the most interesting character in the book, but her grandfather, James Mercury, is probably the second. For the most part, the story reads as if racism doesn’t exist, but then we get a flashback to James’s past, where he’s forced to sit on the back of the bus and drink from a different water fountain. After facing racism in his present, he’s taken to the future, where he can start a new life.  The very first panel of the book has James talking to Miranda, showing how important he is to her.
 
In terms of visuals, the art is fully in color and very glossy and vivid, fitting well with the whole atmosphere of the book. It ends with an afterword from Thomas encouraging readers to stick with their dreams and never give up --- just like his character Miranda.

Reviewed by Danica Davidson on March 23, 2012

The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury: Time Runs Out
written by Brandon Thomas, illustrated by Lee Ferguson

  • Publication Date: August 30, 2011
  • Genres: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Young Adult 13+
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Archaia Entertainment
  • ISBN-10: 1936393050
  • ISBN-13: 9781936393053