It seems 2017 is shaping up to be the year of Jack Kirby at DC. The 100th year of the king of comics has already seen high-profile launches for a Kamandi series and a new lease on life for Forager at Young Animal, and now the rest of Kirby’s Fourth World is set for a revival in an all-new Mister Miracle series.
From the creative team of Sheriff of Babylon, Tom King and Mitch Gerads, this 12-issue series is set to not only reintroduce the titular messianic escape artist, but also the rest of the New Gods mythology—including Orion, Big Barda and Darkseid—to the newly reborn DC Universe. For those unfamiliar with Scott Free, aka Mister Miracle, he’s a New God who was imprisoned and raised on Apokolips by Darkseid before he was able to escape to his family on New Genesis as an adult. He’s an escape artist who can supposedly escape anything, aside from his own past. And according to King, the book itself is a way to escape the present:
“We were going to take the bigness of Kirby and turn that into the intimacy of Mister Miracle’s life. Kirby used a metaphor for his time, written in the late ‘60s early ‘70s when the world was going utterly insane. We’re going to use it as a metaphor for our time, the late 2010s, when once again the world is going insane. It’s almost like we’re holding up a mirror to that work, or internalizing it. We’re going step-in-step with him.”
King has made a name for himself writing heady and relevant series such as The Vision, but this is relatively new territory for Gerads, whose work on series like The Activity and The Punisher has stayed more grounded. But the artist—who will first be teaming up with King for a Batman/Swamp Thing story in Batman next week—seems more than up to the challenge.
“Sheriff is completely grounded in reality. For all intents and purposes, it definitely could have happened. Mister Miracle is super fun because I get to play with fantasy, but at the same time, I think I play with fantasy differently than most comic book artists. I still play with it in the real world. One of the fun things for me is taking all of these Kirby designs and taking the crazy world of New Genesis and the crazy world of Apokolips and boiling it down to…a base level that everyone can understand, and feels a bit more tactile and real.”
Mister Miracle is one of my personal favorite DC characters, and definitely has my favorite superhero costume, so I’m super excited for this one. Jack Kirby’s Fourth World concepts have been getting a lot of love after not being utilized effectively, and I can’t wait to see what such a talented creative team will do with these ideas and characters. Unfortunately we have to wait for August for the first issue, but to hold you over until then, check out the covers by Gerads and Doom Patrol artist Nick Derington below.