Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former female fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks.
You might say Scott Free has everything…so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick—except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.
From Tom King (Batman, Grayson, Sheriff of Babylon, and The Vision) and Mitch Gerads (Punisher) this will be a Mister Miracle series like we have never seen before. Mister Miracle is back in a twelve part series, and from the looks of the first issue this series could be a near game changer of a comic book. I had very, very high expectations with this book mostly because of the team working on it, Tom King did some fantastic work with Grayson, The Vision and his work on Batman, he is a fantastic writer who brings immense depth to his characters and his books. Mitch Gerads work on Punisher is pitch perfect, his run on Punisher was one of my personal favourites since the Punisher Maxx line years ago.
How do these two fare here with Mister Miracle, well the answer is simple. Incredible. My expectations were met and exceeded with this book, I am incredibly excited to see where the series goes, and from the looks of the first issue we are going to some very dark places. There is so much foreboding, and from what I can tell there is so much that is likely not real. This is going to be a very emotionally charged story, focusing on a hero at his very lowest, and all the mental anguish that is affecting both Scott and his wife Barda. This story seems to be focusing heavily on the fact that this New God, has another side to him which is extremely flawed, very human and very broken. There really is not much action in the first issue of this series but wow does the story absolutely deliver. On top of the drama playing out for Scott Free the phrase Darkseid Is, repeats itself throughout, and that adds some heavy foreboding as this builds on the suspense that there must be something much larger at play here, and it delivers much more punch than just an appearance by Darkseid himself.
The artwork delivers just as much punch as the stellar story, Gerads work here is a standout and only adds and exclamation point to the broken, flawed character that King is delivering to us. Scenes have just completely blacked out panels, there are distortion and static in parts of the book. Gerads art adds layers to the fact that all is not what it seems, and plays out like a psychological horror. It really seemed to me by the art that nothing can be truly taken at face value in Scott Free’s current situation.
This is a fantastic first entry into the twelve part series, and I would say this is an absolute must read book currently on the shelf at your local comic book shop. Tom King is at his best, but without the stand out work of Mitch Gerads this book would not shine as bright as it does.
Let us know what you think of Mister Miracle #1, and what you would like to see us review next week.