Mister Miracle

Mister Miracle

Graphic Novel - 2019
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"Mister Miracle is magical, dark, intimate and unlike anything you've read before. Scott Free is the greatest escape artist who ever lived. So great, 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, Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made quite a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, who has 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 Hugo Award nominated writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads, the team behind The Sheriff of Babylon, comes an ambitious new take on one of Jack Kirby's most beloved New Gods in Mister Miracle!"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : DC Comics, 2019
Branch Call Number: YAGN KIN
Characteristics: 300 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Gerads, Mitch
Alternative Title: Mr. Miracle

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JCLChrisK Feb 24, 2020

I came into this with no previous knowledge of the character, his context, or his setting, so I'm sure there are some layers of the story I missed. Nevertheless, I found it fascinating and entertaining.

Here is a mighty god caught in an epic war between good and evil in another reality, who also happens to have a life as an escape artist and superhero in our world. And a life away from work as a man with a wife and an apartment. Add to that his past as the son of the ruling god of goodness but traded as an infant to the ruling god of darkness as part of a peace treaty, and he has a pretty confusing existence. The book starts with his attempted suicide. His wife, Big Barda, nurses him back into life and they end up starting a new adventure as first-time parents. All while juggling his responsibilities in the war, what with his birth father dying and an empty throne to fight over and such. At one point we have him and Barda trading duties, alternating a day as a general leading armies into battle with a day at home on earth with the new baby, always exhausted and never sure which days are more demanding.

That's merely a middle chapter of the saga, yet indicative of the entire tale. Despite his godly nature and responsibilities, the hardest thing Mister Miracle might ever have to do is find meaning and happiness in mundane existence. Excellent writing and illustrations from cover to cover.

I've only recently started reading DC, but I heard this was good and had a free poster for it, so what the hell. Honestly I was shocked at how great this was. I loved the story and learned so much about the New Gods of Genesis (which I knew practically nothing about before). I highly recommend reading this graphic novel.

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Citizen92116
Aug 28, 2019

I read this title for book club and, before starting it, I didn't know anything about the character, the universe this took place in, or the praise the title has received.

The premise of the lead character is interesting, an escape artist.
He can escape from any situation; fantastic but it’s a superhero/comic book story so I made the leap, no problem.
The ancillary characters were interesting as well even though their background was hinted at and left for the reader to speculate or seek elsewhere.
The dialog between characters seemed familiar and was often entertaining.

I liked the setting(s) and the mood.
The art style lent to the mood and storytelling.
The panel layout could seem repetitive, but my interpretation was that it lent to the mood of the story.

I did find the some of the storytelling mechanics a little sophomoric but I’m an adult reader who critically reads graphic novels.
But it led me to speculate who the target audience is, which I think about frequently particularly with serially issued comic books.
Once I realized this was the same writer as The Vision (another highly acclaimed title), I could see the parallels in storytelling.

There’s a lot of analysis not the internet on what the story is about and what each issue/page/panel convey, but as a student of postmodernism, I often find an overcomplicated piece can be crutch for an incomplete piece or thought.

All in all, it’s entertaining but I almost gave up after the first issue.

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duane767
Jul 14, 2019

I just want to know if the changes in this story are in continuity or not. Outside of that, I thought that this was slightly overrated.

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gfelts
Jun 20, 2019

Read this in one sitting. Amazing story about Scott and Barda. Highly recommend this series to anyone who's a New Gods fan or newcomer to the characters.

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Keogh
May 09, 2019

I like most of what King does, but this one just didn't work for me. It might have been a matter of personal taste or interest in the character.

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Tjavierb
Mar 21, 2019

An incredible character study that will only get better with age and multiple re-readings.

madamimadam Mar 09, 2019

I have to admit that I sometimes read graphic novels just for the text and the art is secondary. In this case, though, the art is essential to exploring the notions of reality that are raised when a master escape artist escapes death (was it a physical escape or...dramatic music...a metaphysical one?!?). It's a good example of a graphic novel firing on all cylinders.

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Citizen92116
Aug 28, 2019

Citizen92116 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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dmiron45
Mar 17, 2019

dmiron45 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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