Mister Miracle #4
Other writers could try it, but I doubt few would be successful staging a trial in a living room. Let alone making that premise one of the best reads this year. While Mister Miracle regularly makes escapes the impossible, Tom King is doing the same with his writing.
Orion is not pleased with Scott Free’s lack of complete and utter devotion. After dealing with Forager, it’s now time to handle another dissenter in the ranks so it’s time for the trial of Mister Miracle. But first, Big Barda needs to get a veggie tray.
Just as King is doing some intriguing outside the box work, artist Mitch Gerads may as well be conducting master classes on how to visually tell a story. Gerards doesn’t deviate from his nine-panel layout, but he makes brilliant use of his space to avoid a repetitive look. Some panels are zoomed in close on the characters while others are drawn from a more cinematic perspective that don’t even have the faces in the shot. It’s a really fascinating approach that might not work for every book, but fits beautifully with Mister Miracle.
I feel like I’m missing the deeper meaning behind the occasional static of the panels as if Scott Free is a TV character. Maybe King will reveal it, but it’s fun trying to crack the code.
This issue is filled with this weird mix of deadpan humor, slice of married life and tyrannical authority figures. Mister Miracle has been a compelling read, but there’s so much more beyond the surface that could be broken down in writing or comic book courses. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a comic that had me thinking on multiple levels beyond just what’s on the page, but King and Gerads are pulling it off. This is another installment you don’t want to miss. — Jeffrey Lyles
Rating: 10 out of 10