Scott Free is an escape artist. And a superhero. And the owner of the DC universe's best T-shirt collection. But those are beside the point, which is that he's known for escaping things. You could say he gets out of them, well... scot free. But this week's Mister Miracle #9 might have given him, at last, a trap that could prevail over even his abilities.
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Scott Free is many things. He is Mister Miracle, master escape artist. He is a New God, raised in the hellfires of Darkseid's Apokolips. He is currently the Highfather, ascendant ruler and co-general of New Genesis and its armies. He's a new Dad. But he is also this: a lowkey casual style thought leader.
Earlier this week, artist Nick Derington shared his cover artwork for Mister Miracle #10, which is a fantastic close-up of Darkseid that balances detail and an impressively inverted photo-negative colour palette. Fans have been remixing the cover all week, turning out some eye-popping riffs on this vision of the Lord of Apokolips. Here are some of our favourites.
Mister Miracle, DC Comics' haunting, beautiful series about the small lives of Scott Free and Big Barda being swept up in the enormous scope of Jack Kirby's Fourth World (soon to be seen in live-action), is all about contrasting the banal with the fantastical, the drama of real life amid the drama of scifi weirdness. This week's issue was a pitch-perfect example of that mission statement.
The first issue of Mister Miracle put Scott Free under a microscope, examining the psyche of a man trying outrun his own mortality in a hazy world where it's hard to tell what's real and what isn't. Mister Miracle's second issue offers much the same thematically, but through the deceptive lens of interstellar politics.
Mister Miracle has been mostly absent from DC's comics for the past few years -- a strange, weird relic of an older age. That makes him perfect for a revival in the form of his brand new ongoing series from Tom King and Mitch Gerads, a fascinating and intense exploration of personal trauma that brings something haunting to a Jack Kirby classic.
One of Jack Kirby's most iconic (and weirdest) creations is returning to DC Comics, and bringing an equally mindbending creative team with him: Tom King -- the man who wrote some of the best superhero comics in recent history in The Vision and The Omega Men -- and Sheriff of Babylon's superstar artist Mitch Gerads.