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Mister Miracle Megaband: Darkseid ist.

(Mister Miracle (2017) #1-12)

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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 ca
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Panini Verlags GmbH (first published February 19th 2019)
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Anne
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.

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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 an
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Sam Quixote
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
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Sean Gibson
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dan Schwent
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chad
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, 2019
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
David 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
James DeSantis
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Artemy
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Calista
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
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Bookwraiths
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
Malum
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Wing Kee
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shadowdenizen
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
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Rory Wilding
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Frédéric
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
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 pages...it brought us in so tight and close to the characters that y
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Rod Brown
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Anthony
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Stewart Tame
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Craig
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adam M
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 to admi
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Dr Rashmit Mishra
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a hard book to review . To start the review however , you must know about a few things , first I don't like King's stories , I know he is regarded very highly but for one reason or the other I have never really liked his work . Second I am not all that versed in the exploits of Mister Miracle , I mean I do know his origin story and his influence in some of past mega event books by DC .

Knowing that , it maybe easier for you to know why this book is so good .

As I said before neither Mis
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Chris
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Todd Glaeser
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley for the free e-copy. Netgalley copy included Issues #1-10
I think if you're not reading this, you are missing one of the best, Period.
King used the best of Kirby, made sense of the bounty of ideas, even made Funky Flashman relevant. I read Kirby's Mister Miracle as the issues came out at the drug store. (Yeah, I'm old.) I felt this book respected the past and yet was completely modern.

4/5/19
Read the hard copy and the last two issues were included. Simply amazing
Dan
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars



For me King is hit and miss. I don’t love everything he touches. But this reimagining of Kirby’s characters is incredible.

On paper if you were to tell me King was remaking these characters as dark and gritty I’d be intrigued but worried. But King managed to pull off taking some of the most colorful characters in DCs history and make this more mature tale that both honors the characters roots and does something new and different.

I liked this first arc and I’m very interested in the back
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Skip
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robert
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

If there are two buddies who make an excellent creative team out there, it’s Tom King and Mitch Gerads. Their first project together, The Sheriff of Babylon, blew my mind away and it was only a matter of time before the two got back together on a brand-new adventure. While Tom King’s writing style delves deep into the psyche of characters and favours story-telling through images rather than words, Mitch Gerads comes to complete the picture with
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Ian Roditi
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darkseid Is.
But so are we.
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