Title: Mister Miracle (2017-) #8
Script: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerards
Publication Date: April 18, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: This issue, it’s back to Apokolips—and a return to war. Scott Free is engaged in a bloody battle against Darkseid’s forces, this time without Barda by his side—because her hands are full, thanks to a domestic situation at home. With his attention split by his concerns for his wife’s commitments back on Earth, can Mister Miracle hold his own against the minions of darkness?
Single issues like this one make it very easy for me, as a fan and as a comic book ‘critic,’ to say that Tom King is one of the best writers currently working in the industry.
Scott Free is a man torn in twain; whilst warring on the planet Apokolips, Mister Miracle, must simultaneously wage a domestic war of sorts as he deals with splitting his time between being the father of baby Jacob (The Lump) and the Highfather of New Genesis.
Although all men who have a child aren’t New Gods, all men must make sacrifices and budget their time once they bring a new life into the world. Sleepless nights and careless workplace mistakes are just the beginning when it comes early fatherhood life, and seeing Mister Miracle struggle to find balance between ‘work’ life and his home life is reassuring. Here, in Mister Miracle (2017-) #8, we have a larger-than-life character struggling with the ordinary. King has taken a god and made him into a man, and it is beautiful.
The main plot in Mister Miracle serves King as an exploratory vehicle and allows him to dive headfirst into the human psyche and poke around for a while and investigate all of the nasty bits that make us, well, us. Framing the story this way takes great skill, but what takes more skill, perhaps, is taking said story–that is deep, complex, and intense–and overlaying a superficial plot that’s entertaining and provides casual readers with good reason to return to the series/story issue after issue.
The Bottom Line:
Whilst warring on the planet Apokolips, Scott Free, Mister Miracle, must simultaneously wage a domestic war of sorts as he deals with splitting his time between being a father and the Highfather of New Genesis. This story, at first glance, is simple, but I assure you that what is lurking just beneath the surface of this issue is quite complex.