Big Barda and Mr. Miracle
For me, this is one of the most romantic panels in any comic book, ever. The costumes speak volumes about the characters, and the dynamic of their relationship. Barda is armoured, but her face is exposed; Mr. Miracle is protected only by cloth, yet his face is covered. Barda is dramatic, impulsive, and physical; Mr. Miracle is driven by a kind of magical logic and intellect. Barda is more than a little “masculine”; Mr. Miracle is more than a little “feminine.” Individually, they’re formidable. But it’s only together that they find the power—and the will—to topple empires, and liberate entire worlds (in this case they’re planning a raid on the planet of Apokalips, which is exactly as nice a place as it sounds). Barda and Mr. Miracle prove that love is the greatest weapon of all (capable of felling sharks). They also prove that love, in its purest form, always involves beating tyrants to death from the inside (with a mega rod).
Making these prints, my goal was to emphasize the epic quality of the original panel by going as big as possible. Together, these two canvases fill most of one of my walls. I also went big with the colours. No weak pastels here—everything is bold, bright, and beautiful. I wanted everyone who encounters these prints to feel the joy and awe that I felt when I first flipped a page and saw the original panel.
Comparing my version to the original, you’ll see that I changed the dialogue a little, mostly for the sake of achieving the specific dimensions I wanted, though I also couldn’t resist making things just a bit funnier. I hope Barda and Mr. Miracle don’t mind, because I certainly wouldn’t want them as my enemies.