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REVIEW: ‘Mister Miracle #4′ is an emotional feat!



Story by: Tom King
Art by: Mitch Gerads
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To sum it all up..

Maybe if you’re reading one superhero comic today, this might probably have to be it.

Posted November 15, 2017 by



The last pages of MISTER MIRACLE #4 left me totally emotionally ravaged. The raw, unmitigated breaking of the character set against the clockwork-like precision of the paneling and the beautifully rendered art just punched a hold straight into my heart. It is rare to see someone understand this depth of emotion, let alone to see them express it in an artistic manner. And then to drop it into a superhero comic! Wow, what a feat by Tom King and Mitch Gerads.

The core of this is the trial of Mister Miracle. And that scene is orchestrated so well. There are these odd, awkward moments, these cuttingly absurd visual bits that serve so perfectly to jar the reader. And where we are used to such “trials” in comics being so over the top and filled with pageantry, here we get the opposite. It works to perfect effect.

It’s really amazing to be in the middle of reading what you know is going to be a masterpiece that you’ll be talking about for years. I don’t know what else to say about Mister Miracle #4, except maybe if you’re reading one superhero comic today, this might probably have to be it.

Reviewed by Carljoe Javier. He loves comics. He is Managing Editor of Anino Comics, writes comics and prose, and teaches at the Ateneo Department of Fine Arts. He is also the Creative Director for Smarter Good

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