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REVIEW: King and Gerads Strike Gold With MISTER MIRACLE #1



Story by: Tom King
Art by: Mitch Gerads
Letters by: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: DC Comics
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Mister Miracle #1 is one of the best debuts in comics this year.

Posted August 10, 2017 by


The creative of the highly acclaimed The Sheriff of Babylon has teamed up once again for Mister Miracle #1, so it’s not far-fetched to have high expectations going into this one.

Scott Free, the world’s greatest escape artist, has become bored and restless. So he attempts to up the ante and tries to escape the one thing we absolutely cannot – death. The issue opens with a beautiful splash page, by Mitch Gerads, of Scott on the bathroom floor bleeding out after slashing his wrists. He inevitably survives, of course. But when he’s returned back to the world, things do not seem to be the way they are.

Much like what Tom King has done for Vision, he has made a personal and psychological exploration of Mister Miracle. It’s tonally different from the other New Gods related stories (and also other comics in general) from before, but King successfully incorporates the New Gods mythologies we’ve come to love over the years. Mister Miracle’s deteriorating psyche and his relationship with his family is the main focus still, that his latest escape attempt, and most dangerous, may have affected him much more than he realizes.


The real showstopper of this issue is definitely Mitch Gerads’ beautiful art. The issue is mostly told over nine-panel grids, a storytelling signature of King’s as of late. But Gerads makes great use of this scripting technique by tightening the shots, focusing more on the characters’ faces and expressions, and thus giving us a more intimate observation. Furthermore, utilizing different filters over his art gives everything either a lighter feeling or a dark and bleak vibe depending on the scene, which is an appropriate stylistic decision from Gerads that complements the story very much. There’s a Mister Miracle TV interview in the middle of the issue where the panels are warped and prone to TV static, giving a sort of demented symbolism into Scott’s dialogue.

Mister Miracle #1 is a modern take on not just the titular character, but for the New Gods as well. Tom King has an intriguing direction for Scott Free, a more personal and intimate story delving into his mental state going in a downward spiral. Accompanied by Mitch Gerads’s brilliant art, this issue has cemented itself as one of the best debuts this year.

Drew Bagay

Drew is a lover of comic books, movies, and all things pop culture. He enjoys crime/thriller/noir fiction, playing the guitar, and taking long walks. He also doesn't like talking in third person.


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