From the first few pages, it’s clear this is going to be a series that will punch you in the gut–in a good way. After working together on the hard-hitting Sheriff of Babylon, Tom King and Mitch Gerads continue their collaboration with characters created by Jack Kirby. While Scott Free, aka Mister Miracle, is a very colorful character, he doesn’t exactly have the most upbeat origin.
In order to attempt to prevent a war between New Genesis and Apokolips, High Father and Darkseid exchanged their heirs so that neither would attack the other. Scott grew up in a Terror Orphanage run by the cruel Granny Goodness but eventually escaped. This, in a way, started his career as an escape artist. Despite the hardships he’s faced, Mister Miracle has often been portrayed as your typical happy-go-lucky comic book character–until now.
There’s a reason this series has a Mature rating while still being rooted in the proper DC Universe.. Mister Miracle may be the greatest escape artist there is, but King and Gerads put him up against the one thing he’s never really tried to escape from–Death.
Where the story gets darker is how he attempts to face death–suicide. That’s where we come into the story. In the background of each page, there’s a dreary vibe bubbling beneath the surface. Reminiscent to King’s work on Vision over at Marvel, you get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach as you turn each page. You can’t help but wonder what exactly is going on in Scott Free’s mind. Was he merely attempting to conquer yet another barrier to hone his abilities, or is there something more happening?
Gerads art and colors are spot on for the story. There’s a superb mix in the storytelling style present among the pages. After getting smacked by the scene in the first few pages, we get a series of pages with nine panels. At first, it seems like a choppy way for the story to progress with a stuttering of panel after panel. Immediately, the brilliance in this approach can be seen. It’s as if we’re actually getting more story per page. It allows us to observe the personal lives of Scott Free and his wife, Big Barda. It also grabs ahold of you as you read through with the anticipation of what’s coming next continuing to build.
Mister Miracle is not a series to miss. This is a book people will be talking about. I can already tell this is going to be at the top of my list of favorite titles for the year. Seeing the inner workings of Scott Free’s life along with some intriguing twists being thrown at us, I simply cannot stop thinking about this story. With this just being the first issue and with what has already happened, I’m a little afraid to see what’s coming next. King and Gerads are making something truly remarkable here.