From dccomics.com:
“From the team behind THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON and the Hugo Award-nominated writer of Vision comes a unique new take on one of Jack Kirby’s most beloved New Gods. Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former female fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks. You might say Scott Free has everything…so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick—except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out. Written by Tom King (BATMAN) and illustrated by Mitch Gerads (The Punisher), this is a MISTER MIRACLE unlike any you’ve read before.”


Mister Miracle #1
Published by DC Comics
Writer:  Tom King
Artists:  Mitch Gerads
Release Date:  First Issue July 2016

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If you live near me in the Chico Ca area get your copy at Collector’s Ink
In the Redding Ca area?  Go talk to the team at Caption Comics
How about Manteca CA?  Fantastic Collectibles can help you out.
And in the Sacramento CA area, say hello to my buddy Gene and
have him get you a copy at Comics & Collectibles

 

Let me get this off my chest really quick…I LOVED THIS COMIC!!!

Now, at the writing of this issue 2 is out as well, and yes I’ve already read that one too (and continued my love affair), I’m going to focus on issue one here.

Something has happened, something bad, and possibly something that Mister Miracle for the first time can not escape.  The book opens with Scott being found in a bathroom with his wrists slit opened, he’s attempting suicide.  This book uses art and panels really interestingly.  Where as in “The Death of Superman” each issue building up to the finale, saw the art per page getting larger, the opening of this first issue does the opposite.  I know that sounds counter to current comics style (and it is), but it does something really neat.  See the first couple pages have splash art that gets smaller, until we hit the standard for the book, a page with 9 panels.  With this setup, the art is used in a way that dialogue balloons and thought balloons would be used.  It keeps the story tight and makes it feel intimate.

The center plot of this issue is Scott and Barda dealing with what Scott did.  She cares deeply for her husband, staying close to him.  Then Orion shows up.  Boom Tubing into their home he confronts Scott, telling him to stand, and knocking him down, repeatedly, until Barda awakens to the commotion. Orion states he’s there to teach Scott a lesson, and leaves.  It’s at this point Scott starts noticing things he thought were different, like his wife’s eye are brown, but he could swear they were blue.

A scene follows of Mister Miracle on TV escaping.  These scenes start to build a pressure that’s on Scott’s shoulders.  He tells the talk show host after the escape, why he attempted suicide.  That he found death to be something he hadn’t attempted to escape before, so that was his try.  The whole scene plays out in a weird celebrity interview like on the Tonight Show, where Scott is hamming it up for the crowd.

Darkseid is a major theme of this issue, coming up in conversation, and the occasional black panel with only the words “Darkseid Is…”.  This plays up and builds off of two things going on in the book.  One, a war is brewing between the New Gods.  Two, memories of childhood where he was asked by a teacher to draw whatever he wanted, he says he drew God, the teacher says “no one knows what God looks like”, he responds “until now”.

The issue ends with Mister Miracle and Big Barda in costume, waiting in their living room for a Boom Tube.  They’ve heard the call and are off to war.  Is Scott mentally prepared?

This book had me at hello, but kept me till the “to be continued”.  Great take on these classic characters. Issue one sold out instantly, and my flcs has told me their is a reprint coming, and two is running out as well.  This book is going places, and every one of you should not miss it.   Can’t wait for issue three now!

Till next time everyone, keep reading comics!

Shane Will