Mr. Miracle #10 / Writer: Tom King / Artist: Mitch Gerads / Inker: Mitch Gerads / Colorist: Mitch Gerads / Letterer: Clayton Cowles / Cover Artist: Nick Derington / Publisher: DC Comics / August 1, 2018
THE RELATABLE SUPERHERO/GOD
Mister Miracle #10 continues to be the heavy hitting comic book series about a god/escape artist/superhero that every average joe can relate too. Scott Free’s tale of war and loss and mythology is, despite the insane space battles, the story of a hardworking man and his wife, Big Barda, trying to have and raise a kid while fighting Darkseid.
Mister Miracle #10 is a comic where Mister Miracle buys a Batman birthday cake for his son while talking to a cashier named Chet–who offers a Rewards Membership Card–about the fate of the universe. That’s what this series is. Everyday stuff that’s recognizable to us all, but also a superhero story.
Well, everyday stuff, along with a metaphor for Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s complicated relationship. An immense collection of t-shirts I would buy in a second. Oh, and a drinking buddies scene with Scott Free, Booster Gold, and Blue Beetle that makes me the happiest DC nerd on Earth. In each of these scenes, like the Chet scene, real-life stuff is happening, but so is a superhero story.
9 PANELS, MORE STORY
If you’ve read a Tom King comic you’ve probably seen a nine-panel grid. He got that format from Dave Gibbons who got that style from Steve Ditko. (R.I.P.) This is a form of paneling that naturally fills the page. Also, if done properly, which Tom King and Mitch Gerads do, gives more story in less time. After nine issues of this, I thought I’d be tired of the format. In actuality, I forget it’s even there because the story flows so easily. Each panel filled with Mitch Gerads detailed drawings.
Here’s an example from the issue.
See how your eyes flow naturally left to right? See how the story flows? This is the art of masters of their craft. King and Gerads work insanely well together, this is a match made in comic book heaven. This is why Mister Miracle has been the undisputed best comic on the shelves in the entirety of it’s run.
Also, he’s wearing a Sheriff of Babylon T-Shirt. Which is another series King and Gerads make togehter. So, there’s a little bit of a T-Shirt inception.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
If you ever watch a history of comics special on television– one that’s worth an ounce of salt–that hour-long special will mention Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Watchmen. Well, I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this, but Mister Miracle is this generation’s equivalent to that groundbreaking graphic novel and Tom King (The Vision and The Omega Men) and Mitch Gerads (Sheriff of Babylon and The Punisher) are the new Alan Moore. To clarify I’m not saying this creative team is as good or better per se, but what they’ve done together in Mister Miracle will be remembered for years.
Verdict 5 out of 5