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.
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.
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.