With depth of story being so highly regarded and appreciated by modern comic book readers, now is the perfect time to revive/revisit the Fourth World and the New Gods of New Genesis and Apokolips. When comparing Jack Kirby’s Fourth World to other comics popular in the early 1970’s, it is fair to say that Kirby was ahead of his time, and in my opinion, paved the way for comic book writers who aspired to do more than entertain—Jack Kirby, in creating his Fourth World (in releasing Forever People, Mister Miracle, etc.) challenged popular comics while simultaneously showcasing the medium’s limitless potential.
Now, in what would have been the year of Kirby’s 100th birthday, Mitch Gerards and Tom King—two of the industry’s best—are tackling one of the Fourth World’s most interesting characters, Mister Miracle.
Initially, upon finding out that DC had slated a new (12 issue) run of Mister Miracle, I could hardly contain my excitement, and now, upon reading the issue, I can say that Mister Miracle #1 far exceeded my expectations—Mister Miracle is a masterclass in modern visual storytelling.
“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.”
While there is so much that I would like to say about this book, the greatest compliment that I could give it, as well as its creative team, is that the King himself, Jack Kirby, would have been proud to have read this. Mister Miracle, and the rest of Kirby’s character, hell, the rest of Kirby’s world, has landed in great hands.
This twelve-issue run is set to explore one of the deepest, darkest corners of the human psyche—the inescapability of death. Already, just a single issue in, Mister Miracle has showcased great depth and emotion, and there is no doubt in my mind, that Tom King and Mitch Gerards are going to usher us deeper down the rabbit hole to a place that will leave us readers feeling changed.
This is a fantastic work, and readers should buy it. It’s as simple as that.