My first exposure to Mister Miracle was not through the work of Jack Kirby, but rather through the post-Legends Justice League
and his eponymous 80s title.
Neither of these lighthearted romps could ever have prepared me for the breathtakingly beautiful piece of storytelling created by Tom King and Mitch Gerads.
Less about daring escapes and costumed heroics and more about family and mortality, Mister Miracle
dives deep into the Fourth World and peels back the layers on long established characters to give them a vibrant new life.
Opening with Scott Free attempting suicide in an attempt to escape death, the series only gets deeper from there. Sure, Mister Miracle hangs out with Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, but that is largely just a callback to lighter fare. No, the heart of this story, as has often been with this character, is the relationship between Mister Miracle and his wife, Big Barda.
The pair experience the highs of parenthood and the lows of war. They also learn to balance the two. This is no mean feat, but the genuine talent King brings to his tale makes it a joy to behold...page after page.
The unorthodox artwork of Mitch Gerads is the perfect compliment to King's storytelling. It's atypical tone is the perfect successor to Kirby. The panels seem slightly out of sync. The colors bleed and blur. In short, it's a headtrip.
I truly can't wait to read this story again. The characters burst with life. The story lingers long after the last page is turned. The Frees have taken their place as one of the great DC couples.
is available now wherever you buy your comics. Pick it up and dive in. There will be no escape for your free time once you start reading.
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