Mister Miracle #1
It’s not a matter of if you’ll get hooked with Mister Miracle, but how fast it will take. Maybe when Orion arrives via Boom Tube for some good old fashioned tough love? Perhaps when Highfather takes a beach side stroll with his son? Or maybe just the overall sense that this is a Mister Miracle story unlike any before that already feels like the start of an instant classic?
More likely it’s all those things. One thing for certain though is DC has yet another title that should be on most comic readers’ must read list.
Tom King has defined his Batman run with some welcome nontraditional approaches. It doesn’t always work, but when it does, it’s truly special. He takes that same approach to Mister Miracle, a more wide open subject that to some extent fits better for King’s nonlinear storytelling style.
There’s no action this issue, but it’s fully captivating. Scott Free might be on the verge of losing it. He’s having visions, losing his memory and in one near fatal move proves even Mister Miracle can’t escape from everything. Luckily, he’s got his rock, his wife Barda, by his side along with his extended family of Oberon, Orion and Highfather.
Mitch Gerads’ art is well-suited for this more conversational tone. Gerads does masterful work here with creative wide open layouts and the next page recalling some of the best works of Frank Miller/Dave Gibbons. Gerads arguably has the tougher task of making a slower paced story work, but each page is like unwrapping a mystery. There’s no clue what he has in store next.
The overriding theme of the issue is two small, but powerful words — Darkseid is. It’s the lingering warning, foreshadowing that accompanies most pages. By the end of the issue that warning proves necessary resulting in a tantalizing cliffhanger. This is just one issue in, but I’m already expecting big things from this title. Don’t let Mister Miracle escape your pull list this week.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10