MISTER MIRACLE (2017-2018)
By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Jacob Phillips.
- Collects Issues #1-12
- Publisher : DC
- Release : 2/19/2019
- Softcover : 320 pages
- Dimensions : Standard TPB
- Reading Age : 16 years and up
- MSRP : $24.99
This book deserves the attention.
Like Tom King, this book isn’t for everyone. One of my closest friends didn’t necessarily care for it. Likewise, I didn’t particularly care for Omega Men or King’s Batman run. The themes and direction are unconventional (especially for a superhero book). However, I have been an avid fan of some of his recent DC Black Label projects including Strange Adventures, The Human Target, and (most definitely) Mister Miracle.
I stumbled upon Mister Miracle during the pandemic. I found it a welcoming, truly original story that spoke to me and re-inspired me about the medium. I think the climax of the story (issue #11) is damn near perfect both visually and in its execution.
I was surprised to find out the story was a solicited project and not a pitched labor-of-love by King and Gerards (essentially, DC gave King a short list of three available characters to choose from and he chose Mister Miracle). This book hits on all cylinders and was rightly honored with:
- Nine (9) Eisner nominations through 2018 & 2019 (including five wins for Best Artist x2, Best Writer x2, and Best Coloring).
- Three (3) Ringo nominations in 2018 (winning for Best Series and Best Writer).
- #1 on Goodreads “Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2019”
This is probably my most recommended series in the past couple years and skyrocketed into my top three favorite runs of all time. 10/10
Like what you've seen so far?
Check out the extensive interview with King and Gerads by one of my real-world heroes (Brian Hibbs with Comix Experience):