The Great Escape For Mister Miracle
Jun 05, 2017
Can he escape death? Is it just a rhetorical question? Tom King and Mitch Gerads pose such a challenge for Scott Free in the upcoming 12-issue Mister Miracle maxi-series. It's a project that King has said is one of the biggest challenges he's assigned himself. King, as a writer, has been to this day in awe of such timeless comic classics like Sandman, Preacher, and New Frontier. He wondered if he could create something as timeless as these tales. And if he did attempt such a feat, could he be bold enough to try the grand experiment with one of Jack Kirby's characters?
"Mitch and I asked ourselves if we could do something... transcendent," the writer has said. "We knew we'd be stupid to think we could, but we'd be more stupid not to try."
King set the bar high. The pole jump, he decided, would be to write Mister Miracle, and to bring on artist Mitch Gerads so that the two could take comic book readers on an episodic journey of death and resurrection — and to keep the readers guessing.
Gerads has also expalained how he approached this new book. "Because of the nature of how Tom and I are creating the book, I’m able to really stretch how I approach the art,” he said. "I couldn’t be more excited to join him on the battle plains of Apokolips! So here we go, into the breach once more, and I wouldn’t want anyone else by my side."
The story focuses on Free attempting to escape not a physical construct, but the reality around him. The foundation of existence around him is the challenge. First, he has to decide how one gets to be "here." The answer to that question is imperative. For without it, he's never goint to deduct how he gets "out."
Fans of Jack Kirby's Fourth World are in for a treat with DC Comics' Mister Mirale #1 (JUN170336) that arrives in comic shops August 9.