So, this is it. We've officially hit the MISTER MIRACLE halfway point and, in the process, we've come up on a major turning point for the story in more ways than one. But we'll talk about consequences in a second. First, we need to talk about rules and warnings.
Has it been a year already? 2017 has reached its end, but before we dive into 2018, we’d like to take a moment and look back. For DC fans, 2017 was a remarkable year in comics, film and TV. Our characters reached new milestones and audiences, our writers and artists achieved remarkable new heights and our universe continued to grow in surprising new ways. And yet, within it all, several moments stood out for their importance and relevance. Some of them were groundbreaking, others were a welcome return. All of them are worthy of acknowledgement and celebration.
Hey, can I tell you a love story?
It's a good one, I promise. It's actually, maybe, not even really a love story. Not how you're thinking, anyway. It's only one in the sense that it's about two people who love each other.
Scott Free and Big Barda have been together for a really, really long time. I mean that both in the narrative sense, but also in the real life sense. Jack Kirby created them back in the ’70s. That means they've at least been in one another's orbit for over forty years. That's a pretty long time to exist with another person, fictional or otherwise.
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.
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?
“There are master magicians performing here. Their names are Tom King and Mitch Gerads. And like the best magic trick, with MISTER MIRACLE, you'll never see it coming.”
—Brad Meltzer (IDENTITY CRISIS, The Tenth Justice)
“MISTER MIRACLE by King and Gerards will stun you so hard it will knock you to the floor. Then tell you to stand.”
—Declan Shalvey (ALL STAR BATMAN, Injection)