Mister Miracle #6
Written by: Tom King
Pencils, Inks &Colors: Mitch Gerads
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell
Associate Editor: Molly Mahan
Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Publisher: DC Comics
A Review by Robert Coffil
This will be the last Mister Miracle comic for two months as a skip month is planned for February. The comics world will be lesser for it. Every issue that comes out blows me away because King and Gerads toy with your expectations. Mister Miracle #6 continues in the tradition of the previous 5 issues and tells an amazing story.
At the end of Mister Miracle #5, Barda convinces Scott to stay after he was found guilty during his trial. That issue was a wonderful love letter to the love issue between the two characters and wraps up with Barda simply saying stay.
I figured Mister Miracle #6 would show Barda and Scott on the run from the forces of New Genesis. I was wrong. Barda and Scott take the fight to New Genesis and infiltrate Highfather’s palace.
There is no Ocean’s 11 level plan to the infiltration. The reader is given the feeling that the two lovers are almost winging the entire operation. On top of that, there is Aaron Sorkin level dialogue during the escapade. There is this whole deep conversation about Barda wanting to redo the condo and it goes into some Freudian level analysis of childhood with some interesting revelations into the way childhoods affect people for the rest of their lives.
Where to begin with the glorious work with Mitch Gerads? The 9-panel pages that make the reader’s eyes focus on all the detail and control the pacing of the comic are phenomenal. Every panel is so jammed packed with detail that it seems worthwhile to purchase a magnifying glass or read it on a tablet/PC so you can zoom in.
There are two amazing pages I want to highlight. The first being a 9-panel grid where Barda and Scott are fighting off two guards. Each row depicts a different portion of the fight. The three rows are structured in such a way that the first row is beginning middle and end. This was a well-structured page. The second is when Barda and Scott are in a room with a lowering ceiling. Over 2 pages or 18 panels, Gerads shows a descending roof, and as the room shrinks the panels get smaller. This makes it seem like the page is crushing the room and again, I thought this was well done.
Must Buy!! This book is amazing. Every issue is a spectacle to behold. Buy it.