Mister Miracle #2 Review

Posted September 13, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Tom King

Art by: Mitch Gerards

Published by: DC Comics

“And here we go!” as Joker said in The Dark Knight.

This is the Fourth World story we deserve, and it is being given to us by the master behind the most recent Vision and Batman runs. Tom King brings the same energy and poise to the happenings of the Fourth World as he did to those books. Yes, he’s changed Mr. Miracle quite a bit from the way Scott Free was written–especially in the 90’s when he was a happy go lucky character–but those changes are what make this story work.

Scott Free as Mister Miracle is not the only character that we get to spend a lot of time with in this issue; we also get some more backstory on Orion, Big Barda, and even Granny Goodness ,who is written deliciously evil. The best part of this issue is how it all flows together, even in times where the chaotic events of war are being portrayed. King does not lose a sight of his view of the character or, more importantly, what he wants to accomplish with this mini-series. This book is everything that Darkseid Special failed to do.

Gerards continues to knock it out of the park in this issue. There are not enough accolades to say about what he has accomplished here. Every little panel can tell a story, even if word bubbles aren’t there. The strife and anguish on character’s faces is clearly visible. It does seem that Gerards knows how to interpret King’s scripts more than anyone else can, which is evident from what he accomplished on his few short stints on Batman.

Mister Miracle is the book that truly encompasses the celebration of Jack Kirby’s birthday, more than any other special or reprints or covers ever could. Tom King and Mitch Gerards have written and drawn the best Fourth World story since Kirby himself, and that is saying a lot. DC for a long time did not know what to do with these characters, but it is evident that the characters were just not in the right hands.

Now that they are, do yourself a favor and enjoy this series. This level of quality is rare and should be treasured.

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