Mister Miracle #3
It’s going to be fascinating re-reading Mister Miracle in a collected edition and quickly seeing the story unfold. That doesn’t take away from the single issue reading experience, but it’s one that requires a lot of faith in the storytellers.
So far writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads haven’t let us down. Mister Miracle is a rich story that’s still coming together, but the journey is unlike any traditional superhero story in years.
The war against Darkseid continues and Orion wants to push his advantage. Mister Miracle and Big Barda are dutiful soldiers who haven’t questioned his orders, but more and more, Mister Miracle knows something is off.
King is providing a very interesting take on Mister Miracle. He’s making war, a casual lunch date and a daring deathtrap escape seem mundane for Scott. It’s like his life has no more thrills and he’s just going through the motions. I’m incredibly curious to see where King is going with this setup.
The greatest mystery so far in the series is what’s going on with Orion. Even at his grumpiest he’s never been portrayed so brutal and sadistic. King introduces the possibility of what’s affecting Orion as well as his ‘brother’ Scott Free.
Gerads page construction seems simple with the same nine panel layout, but it’s a captivating way to tell the story. Sometimes there’s not a lot of discrepancies from panel to panel, yet the progression makes it easy to follow and draws the reader in. The weariness Gerads conveys even when Scott is in costume is impressive.
I’m still not fully sure what’s going on here, but I do know enough that I like it. Mister Miracle isn’t the average comic and it’s one of the strongest monthly titles DC has going today.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10