Mister Miracle, by writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads, continues its trajectory as one of the best comics in years. Issue six marks the books halfway mark with spectacular action scenes across its nine panel grid structure, endearing dialogue, a heartening reveal, and a series turning point; all with the creative talent working at the height of their powers. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Mister Miracle #6→
Honorable Mentions: The Fix, Boundless, Doom Patrol, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, Black Hammer, Outcast, Gotham Academy Second Semester, Descender, Seven to Eternity, Archie, Thanos, Royal City, Rebels, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Aliens Dead Orbit
Honorable Mentions: Slasher, Redlands, Batwoman, God Country, Batman/The Shadow, The Wildstorm: Michael Cray, Plastic, Vamperilla, Dan Dare, Iron Fist, Go Go Power Rangers, Deadman, America, Batman: White Knight, Curse Words, Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, Punisher: Platoon, Nick Fury, Astonishing X-Men
I was going to start this review with ‘Mister Miracle is’, but now that I’ve given it some more thought, I don’t believe that is true. Orion would tell me it doesn’t matter what I believe, a statement is either true or false. So, let me try again, ‘Mister Miracle is’ is false. According to what I learned in this issue, ‘Mister Miracle is’ would imply that the comic Mister Miracle is all things, good and bad. It isn’t all things, it is all things good. The reason for me writing this review is to convey to you this very fact, that Mister Miracle is all things good. So, let me take a similar approach to the one René Descartes took on proving that God exists. Descartes’ argument is rooted in the idea that God is all things good. If you examine two things, God is always the better one. Take love and hate for example; love is better than hate, therefore God is love. This is where existence comes into play, since existing is better than not existing, God exist. If I reverse this logic and say Mister Miracle is well written, which is better than poorly written. It has gorgeous art, which is better than eye gouging art. It effectively utilizes the nine panel grid layout to tell the story, which is better than the nine panel grid layout bogging down the story flow. It stirs up a wide range of emotions, which is better than reading a comic with emotional responses equal to a robot. It exists, which is better than not existing. I think this proves that Mister Miracle is all things good. If I stick with Descartes “I think, therefore I am” then because I am a person and because Mister Miracle is a comic that is all things good, it has been selected as the finest comic of the week.
Okay, I think I lost myself in there somewhere. I hope you’re all still with me.
After a brief and unforeseen hiatus, the gang is back talking comics. Issues & series include Batman Annual #2, Saga #48, East of West #35, Batman: White Knight, Mister Miracle, Paradiso #1, Sleepless #1, Hawkeye #12 & more.
Mister Miracle’s stunning debut concluded with protagonist Scott Free, aka Mister Miracle, teaming with wife/partner/colleague/ war general Big Barda, hopping into a boom tube back home to defend New Genesis from an invasion by Darkseid. This all followed a dizzying and engrossing set up, where Scott wakes up from an apparent suicide attempt, only to see his grasp on reality slipping. All in addition to the revelation for High Father that Darkseid has obtained the anti-life equation, a detail he shares with his son Scott before he’s murdered. Where as Mister Miracle #1 was notable for an overarching surrealism, partially designed to make readers question the reliability of it’s narrator and his surroundings, it’s second installment was slightly more grounded. Or, as grounded as the comic can be about a war between two planets of deities, and an installment with it’s own fair share of revelations and intrigue related to the stories overall mystery. Issue #3 merges the two settings together, creating a centralized perspective and contrast between Scott & Barda’s Los Angeles home against New Genesis, while further inverting and mutating elements of the books larger mysteries. Once again, with nearly flawless execution from Tom King, MItch Gerads & Clayton Cowles, Mister Miracle #3 is another astonishing work of comics unlike anything else. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Mister Miracle #3→