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Mister Miracle

(Mister Miracle (2017) #1-12)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  5,351 ratings  ·  840 reviews
No prison can hold him. No trap can contain him. He is Scott Free, the worldwide celebrity sensation known as Mister Miracle, and he is the greatest escape artist who ever lived. But can he pull off the ultimate trick–and escape death itself?

Something has gone horribly wrong with the perfect life that Scott and his wife Big Barda have made for themselves on Earth. With war
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by DC Comics
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Diego Thomsen I would say that it is. There are some issues about mental health and depression as well as torture on the planet Apokolips, but few things are direct…moreI would say that it is. There are some issues about mental health and depression as well as torture on the planet Apokolips, but few things are direct and explicit. You have to think to get somethings, and several things will likely go over the head of a teen reading this.(less)

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Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like most good writers, Tom King does that thing with this book that lets each reader decide what the story means, while at the same time kinda pointing you toward what it meant to him.


This story is also just bat-shit crazy.
And it's not the kind of stuff I normally gravitate towards because of that. However, I've always had a really big soft spot for couples like Scott & Barda in comics. I love, absolutely love, to see solid relationships portrayed in any sort of media. Mister Miracle and Bi
Sam Quixote
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
So I usually try to summarise a book before launching into the review but part of why Mister Miracle, Volume 1 didn’t fully click with me is because I don’t really know what’s going on?!

I can explain bits of it: in addition to being a superhero, Mister Miracle/Scott Free (I know, these names - it’s superhero comics, just go with it) is an escape artist and he’s planning the ultimate escape... from death itself!!

There’s a war on Apokolips/New Genesis (are they the same?) where Darkseid has the
Sean Gibson
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While “Mister Miracle” sounds a little bit like a male enhancement product available only through a Canadian website (“Wait, wait...are you guys selling penis mightiers?”), he’s actually a New God who, as a baby, was turned over by his father—a good god (good god, man!)—to Darkseid (a decidedly bad god). Turns out being brought up in a nightmarish hellscape made ol’ Mister Miracle—who goes by the name Scott Free—pretty good at escaping, and so he makes a living as an escape artist (naturally). H ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
Big Barda and Mr. Miracle are my new favorite super hero couple!

Sure the ending or maybe the whole story in retrospect is nebulous and open for interpretation, but I don’t care.

Knee deep in New God innards and poopy diapers, the love these two had for one another is palpable; each raised and tortured on the horrible world of Apokolips, they’ve somehow transformed this shitty experience into something incandescent. Bravo, kids!

Add some amateur Descartes, mix it with some Dostoyevsky downer stuff
Dan Schwent
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, 2019-comics
Scott Free is found bleeding out on the bathroom floor by his wife, Big Barda, in an apparent suicide attempt. It seems there are things that even Mister Miracle, the world's greatest escape artist, can't escape...

On the heels of his run on The Vision, Tom King's Mister Miracle was a no-brainer for me. Since my previous Mister Miracle experience was the Fourth World entries in Who's Who, a handful of issues of Super Powers, and the Giffen era of Justice League International, I was going in fairl
Dave Schaafsma
Mister Miracle is a kind of superhero comic written by Tom King and illustrated by Mitch Gerards focused on a guy named Scott Free, who is—move over, Houdini--“the greatest escape artist who ever lived.” Mister Miracle, first seen in 1971, was the invention of Jack Kirby, and I read some of that to remind myself of his origins. I’m reading it because I think Tom King is one of the best contemporary comics writers, who also is doing a terrific Batman run, and did The Vision, The Sheriff of Babylo ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, edelweiss
Fourth World Primer: Here's what's necessary to understand the relationships in this book. Apokolips and New Genesis were at war. To end the war, Darkseid and Highfather agreed to exchange sons. Scott went to Apokolips and Orion went to new Genesis as babies. This is why Orion is always such a dick, Darkseid is his true father and has a similar personality. Scott was raised in Granny Goodness's orphanage, eventually meeting Big Barda who was leader of the Female Furies. Scott and Barda escape Ap ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

"I can always escape." -- repeated line of dialogue from Scott 'Mister Miracle' Free

This Mister Miracle mega-volume (300 pages!) was a likably bizarre yet very involving graphic novel - featuring a story by King and illustrations by Gerards that perfectly complement each other - which works even if you have only a passing knowledge of the escape artist / superhero character and/or DC Comics history. Although 'MM' and his wife / partner-in-action Big Barda (the giant lady attired in batt
James DeSantis
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From my ratings of King's previous work you can probably tell I'm a pretty big fan of this guy. Taking on Mister Miracle I was a little worried. Always am from getting overhyped. When I began reading this title I was a tad bit confused why so many people loved it. I couldn't get into the first 3 issues really much at all, but the rest? Well...

Who is Mister Miracle? Well, if you're like me, you have no fucking clue. You might have seen him before but never as a main character. He's the ultimate e
Hmm. This is interesting and also not my favorite. I meet this character in Justice League New 52 run and I was excited about this story.

This is about a superhero living in the mundane world doing the normal stuff of life. There was some real PTSD in Scott Free's character and how could there not be growing up tortured under an evil tyrant.

Scott, or Mister Miracle, marries Big Barda and they escape from their hell world and find their way to Earth where they raise their children while being in
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
God, how do I even do this? How can I review one of the best comics I've ever read and describe everything it made me go through while I was reading it? I know this is a big statement to make about a book that has barely wrapped up, like, a month ago, but I feel like Mister Miracle will now forever be one of my favourite books of all time.

And no, I can't review it. Sorry. I tried several times. I just can't. This book is too personal, it hits too close to home, and I won't be able to do it justi
Never having been a huge fan of Mister Miracle or the New Gods, I went into this one with no preconceived expectations, and I'm glad I did, because this is quite a different comic story. There are a lot of cool concepts thrown around. (Especially interesting is the creative team's twist on the old mystery of whether any of this is real or not.) The art is distinct and unique. And Scott Free's characterization is intriguing as he is a god pretending to be an ordinary person yet having to deal wit ...more
Wing Kee
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is without a doubt one of the best books on the market at the moment.

World: The art is absolutely fantastic. Gerad's art sets the tone for the world and the story that grounds this little family and character tale like no other. The colors, the frames, the character expressions and personality that pop off the page, the art is perfect. The world building is basic, it's there for the story and it serves it well. We have Scott as a performer, and that part of his world. We have Scott the son
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Well, this was... different.

Tom King gets ballsy and delivers a very different book than  average. Does that make it good?

If you're like me-and I reckon we're a crowd out there- and started the book knowing zilch about Mr Miracle, Big Barda and the gang of New Gods or whatever, you'll end up with about the same level of knowledge as when you started. So most relationships, stakes, reasons for battles and stuff largely remain a mystery throughout. A bit annoying if you ask me.

The plot now... Wel
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, superhero, dc
For the literary DC fan...

Mister Miracle does what a modern superhero deconstruction should do perfectly. It takes a classic 60s character--of the very out there Jack Kirby 'Fourth World' mythos no less--and puts them in a modern relatable context thereby gaining a fresh new perspective.

This version of Miracle is very much tied into the cosmic war between the planets of Orion (his sort of stepbrother) and evil father arch-villain DARKSEID. But in-between the space wars, Scott Free and his wife
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I went into this volume without knowing anything about Mister Miracle or the New Gods. At first, I didn't think I would like it. It was very confusing, I didn't know who anyone was or what was happening.
Luckily, King does a pretty good job of filling you in on most of the backstory that you need to understand, and the weirdness begins to make sense in its own way.
Then, looking deeper, you begin to see some of the brilliant things that King is doing in this volume. He is humanizing super heroes
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Originally read as single issues.
One of todays top writers takes on one of Jack Kirbys most underrated creations, and hits it out of the park!

This is, hands down one of my favorite runs of the last few years! It takes a relatively minor character and brings him directly to the forefront of the DCU.

Tom King masterfully navigates this complex character, throwing in enough history to please long-time fans while still making it accessible to new/casual fans.

Highly recoommended (along with the Visio
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, dc, superhero
I had to keep reminding myself as I read this that it was a superhero comic from one of the big 2 publishers. It certainly didn't feel like it.

If you are looking for a flashy fight book with big huge action scenes...this probably isn't the book for you. However, if you are on the hunt for a deep character study that asks some meaningful questions, this is certainly that book. And more.

I absolutely loved it. I loved the 9-panel brought us in so tight and close to the characters that y
Rory Wilding
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Darkseid is.”

This is a term that was introduced in the "Rock of Ages" storyline in Grant Morrison and Howard Porter's JLA run, in which the tyrannical ruler of the planet Apokolips has finally claimed the Anti-Life Equation and in the future has turned the Earth into an apocalyptic dystopia. Although Darkseid has often been depicted as a physical threat who could easily take on the Justice League, comics like JLA have depicted the character as a dark psychological concept that goes back to whe
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Branded Apparel Enthusiasts
Shelves: dc, hoopla
I’m hopeful I can come up with a more thoughtful review soon but for now all I can say is I want Scott Free’s T-shirt collection.

4 NOV 2020 UPDATE: Nope, nothing else to say, but the tshirt thing is legit.

Rod Brown
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, Tom King has done the impossible: he made me like not only Jack Kirby's Fourth World -- a concept I have reviled since I first came across it decades ago -- but also a story that is basically (view spoiler) This may or may not fit in continuity somehow, but I prefer to think of it as "Mister Miracle: Whatever happened to the Super Escape Artist?" -- King's homage to Superman: Whatever Happen ...more
Adam M
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Ok, re-read time. I originally received an ARC via NetGalley and it was incomplete. If you read my incredibly whiny review of that one you saw that my biggest complaint was that since I didn't have the ending I had no idea what all of this had been working towards. It was impossible to feel invested in these characters. The complete edition is, in fact, everything I hoped for from other's reviews.

Mitch Gerads is the real hero of this book. His art has an amazing texture to it and his ability to
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
As a comic fan, I found Mister Miracle's frequently confusing plot a bit of a chore to get through. As a member of a local graphic novel club however, I found it enjoyable to dissect, analyse and discuss with others. In some ways, that made the book feel more like a study piece, rather than something I actually enjoyed reading. There's definitely some good stuff tucked away in Mister Miracle's many pages, but overall I felt that the series fell far short of the considerable hype surrounding it. ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There was so much hype behind this that I couldn't help but wonder if it would live up to it. Turns out it does. The work these guys have crested in these 12 issues is pretty fantastic. From the personal and humanised story of a New God, to committing to the 9 panel grid layout for nearly the whole series.

I don't really know much about The Fourth World and New Gods stuff outside of Darkseid and a few others that have popped up in other DC books I've read, so all this was kinda new to me. But I t
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superheroes
3 - 3.5 stars

So I’m not sure if any of this book actually continuity I mean (I’m not Scott Free might be). It’s a deep dive into the psyche of Mister Miracle aka Scott Free, son of Highfather of the New Gods and ‘adoptive son’ of Darkseid demonic lord of Apokalypse. It’s understandably not exactly a pretty place...given he was raised in DC’s version of hell when his father gave him up in the name of peace and political expediency. Suffice it to say Scott’s got a few is
Stewart Tame
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Easily one of the best comics I’ve read in a long time. And it's definitely the best I've ever read from Tom King, and I was already impressed with his work on The Vision and Batman. And the art, by Mitch Gerads, is positively scrumptious!

Mr. Miracle has long been one of my favorite Jack Kirby creations. Stage magic and sleight of hand have been one of my interests since childhood, so the idea of a superhero escape artist was naturally appealing to me. That said, MM’s escape stunts bear al
Matthew Quann
Damn, this comic is a tight little 12-issue maxi series.

I've previously been a fan of Tom King's unique, cerebral, and often mature superhero output ( The Omega Men , Vision , Batman ); however, I was dying to get my hands on Mister Miracle since it was announced. The hook is that Mister Miracle sees Scott Free dealing with his struggle with depression and anxiety (along with cosmic super heroics) as a way for King to work through some of his own real-world anxieties.

I'll be the first t
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I might have even gone five stars for this, except that DC's preview issue via NetGalley only collects the first 10 issues of the series, so it isn't complete. It ends at a pretty huge cliffhanger (I won't say more--if you're reading this in single issues, you're probably aware of what I mean) and...that's it. What the what? Why send this out in this form? If you want to whet people's appetite, send out a collection that collects the first half of the story or something. What is here is great. T ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
Look, I get it... Its a story about life itself, the highs and lows of our barely bearable existence, and founding a meaning to it, totally relatable, and that's ultimately the reason I found it tedious to read. I seek the superhero genre mainly for escapism, to be entertained, thrilled, amazed and have a good time, and this is anything but that, its more in line with books like Building Stories, with all the Fourth World's lore in the mix, which I never really cared for (much like Marvel's Eter ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I wanted to like this graphic novel, especially with his 4.49 average rating from Goodreads, but I simply could not. Incredibly confusing, and Tom King just did not bring together the various plotlines or characters into any kind of coherent story, even after 300+ pages. I think the one redeeming feature was the strong and loving bond between Scott Free and Big Barda.
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“Mister Miracle: No one loves L.A. People just come here because they think they have to. Then they don't leave because they think they can't.

Big Barda: Darling, please. After everything. Haven't you learned by now? That's all love is.”
“Okay I admit I thought this would be better. with a lot more stars at least. I had this whole plan where like the light of the stars would meet the light of the valley and there would be light everywhere. But where are the stars?
Barda: We still have the valley!”
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