Last month with MISTER MIRACLE #3, I spoke about how time works in relation to nine-panel grids. So this month, I figure I may as well keep up the "technical" theme and break down another of Mister Miracle's quirks: movement.
Time is a pretty strange thing to deal with no matter what, but it’s an especially unique challenge when you’re working with comics. The space and the motion between panels, the way images and word balloons flow across the page, they’re all meant to convey the difference between motion and stillness, which in theory, ought to create the illusion of time passing. Most of the time, comics do this so well that we don’t even really think about it as we read. And then there’s Mister Miracle.
I have a confession to make.
I’ve only ever been properly afraid—like, really, honestly, genuinely scared—of one super-villain in my entire life. I know, I know. There are so many villains and so many of them are horrifying, sure, but only one of them actually makes me lose sleep if I think about them too much. It’s not the Joker or Lex Luthor, or even someone designed to terrify like Scarecrow. It’s not Zoom, though he could easily hop back in time and erase my whole existence, and it’s not Sinestro who would literally be powered by my fear.
Jack Kirby was the greatest genius that mainstream American comics ever had. The breadth of his imagination was equaled only by his skill at getting it to look good on paper. He created characters, worlds, genres, ways of perception that we'll be mining for another century, if we have one.
When I first saw his work, I hated it.
Have you ever had that feeling—I guess you could call it deja vu—where suddenly, for really no discernible reason, you start to wonder just why and how you got to the place you’re in?
The New Gods are one of the most fascinating, imaginative and entertaining corners of the DC comic book universe. Longtime DC Comics fans speak of the New Gods in almost reverent tones, and for good reason. Yet the New Gods are also, arguably, some of the most intimidating and confusing characters to new fans. They’re drawn from a complex world with science fiction and fantasy elements, and they’re proudly strange and unusual. And on top of all of this, we use them a lot.