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Review: Mister Miracle #6

The hit miniseries reaches the emotional conclusion of its first arc! Scott Free returns to New Genesis to face his punishment, but instead finds the whole world has been flipped upside down. Mister Miracle and Big Barda battle their way through monsters and New Gods to get to the Highfather, but once they reach Orion’s throne room, they learn that the war against Darkseid has taken a bloody turn.

Through much of Mister Miracle, I’ve spent my time switching between scratching my head and just going along with the ride. Mister Miracle #6 is a bit more straightforward as the first half of the series comes to a close. Scott Free and Big Barda have decided to confront Orion, aka the new Highfather. This issue is video game like in that our two protagonists must pass through levels to reach the final boss battle. That includes mini boss battles along the way.

So, the story itself here is much clearer. Scott and Barda are going to kick some ass.

But, what could easily have been all action with little else is presented in a way that’s not only action packed but also, full of humor and heart. Writer Tom King packs the issue with dialogue because as Scott and Barda do battle, they also chatter away discussing changes to be made to their apartment like adding a new bathroom and changing their kitchen. In what should be the biggest battle of their lives we get the most mundane talk that anyone might have while strolling around on a weekend. That focus both adds in humor but also emphasizes how tough these two are that they can distract themselves with inane chatter.

Presented entirely in nine panel pages, Mitch Gerads ups his already amazing art by using the simplistic layout to control the focus of each scene. Characters break panels in ways like they’re moving towards or away from us and the panels themselves at times disappear. Perspective and size is something emphasized here as some are framed specifically to show us the difference in size between Scott and Barda. Gerads also uses the imagination of the reader well. Instead of depicting bloody scenes we’re presented the action and left to imagine the aftermath.

The most straightforward issue of the series so far is also quite surprising in both the humor, how relateable it is, and a shocking ending. King and Gerads are putting together comic of the year material here and with the first half being this good, I can’t wait for the second.

Story: Tom King Art: Mitch Gerads Cover: Nick Derington
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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