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Mister Miracle #1

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mitch Gerads Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 9, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 48 User Reviews: 129
9.2Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

From the team behind THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON and the Hugo Award-nominated writer of Vision comes a unique new take on one of Jack Kirby's most beloved New Gods.
Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness' gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former female fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks.
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  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Aug 9, 2017

    So maybe you should just go buy this book and not let me ruin anything for you. Know that I can't wait for the next issue to come out. Know that Tom King and Mitch Gerads are at the height of their powers and it shows. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Aug 10, 2017

    Mister Miracle is traditionally a hopeful character, masterfully escaping anything and everything put in front of him, be it an onstage deathtrap or the clutches of an authoritarian tyrant with ambitions for galactic domination. But this is a more personal story, and has the stakes to prove it. King and Gerads weave subtle uncertainty into a narrative of hope. This Mister Miracle is about keeping the faith, even in the face of debilitating doubt; standing up against your own disbelief and fear. It's one of the best, and most essential, comics to be released this year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Aug 9, 2017

    DC Comics has been absolutely killing it with their Jack Kirby tributes this year, but none get off to a more auspicious and brilliant beginning as Mister Miracle #1, written by Tom King with art by Mitch Gerads. Put simply, this is a brilliant and instantly compelling debut issue for Kirby's legendary master escape artist/neo-Jesus analogue, one that sees Scott Free embark upon his greatest challenge ever while questioning his own grasp on reality itself. Mister Miracle #1 asks big questions and wonders about the merits of fleeing from a reality that disturbs and disorients on a daily basis. A gem. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton May 26, 2021

    In the meantime, let's all celebrate Shilo Norman's moment in the limelight, and hope he's here to stay.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Aug 9, 2017

    Throughout Mister Miracle #1, readers are not only invited on this psychological, metaphysical adventure into and through the unknown with Mister Miracle, theyre invited to figuratively join him. By the end of this issue, I found myself devastated, but invested. Mister Miracle is me, and Im him. I know I certainly cannot escape this, and Im quite positive I dont want to even try such a feat. So bring on Mister Miracle #2. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Kelly Gaines Feb 14, 2018

    Whether you're a long-term comic fanatic or new to the fanbase, Mister Miracle is a title to read. It's a special take on a superhero narrative with a unique and carefully crafted tone. I'm willing to bet that someday this book will be on the textbook list for a college course (probably similar to the ones I took) as an example of a literary work that can be deconstructed and analyzed in a dozen significant ways and still have more to offer. I can't stress this enough- READ THIS TITLE. It's a superhero story about love, sacrifice, personal tragedy, and struggling with the dark things that may lurk in your mind. While Mister Miracle is certainly not for the easily triggered, I truly believe there is something in the pages that can speak to everyone. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Aug 9, 2017

    The creative team might be anxious about where the world is heading - that sentiment is distilled into every facet of the story - but they've taken that apprehension and a desire to interrogate it and poured it into a fantastical and contemporary tale, one with a confidence that feels excitingly era-defining. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Aug 9, 2017

    Mitch Gerards and Tom King"two of the industry's best"are tackling one of the Fourth World's most interesting characters, Mister Miracle, and this first issue has far exceeded my expectations"Mister Miracle is a masterclass in modern visual storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The DC Bros - Dillyn Chadwick Aug 9, 2017

    Mister Miracle #1 is a brilliantly crafted issue that brings back a classic character in such a smart way. The character examination of Scott is so deep and emotional. The potential this book brings has me excited to see what happens next and I can't wait to see the eventual meet up with Darkseid. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Aug 9, 2017

    In short, regardless of if you're a fan of the character or have never heard of him, Mister Miracle #1 is an exceptional character study and is more than deserving of your time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Megan Rae Aug 9, 2017

    Mister Miracle #1 has left me feeling"off. I am confused, I am lost, I am not sure I want to turn the lights off and go to sleep. Oddly enough, that's a good thing. King and Gerads take a classic hero and turn him upside down, bringing him into a modern reality with different, more nuanced problems. As Mister Miracle questions his reality and figures out what is really happening, and why, I will follow along, a step behind, mesmerized. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Aug 12, 2017

    Before the second issue comes out, this is a book that I'll have to read again, which isn't a bad thing because it means seeing King and Gerads laying the foundation for what's to come. Tom King is proving to be one of the best writers in the business right now and Mister Miracle #1, shows why. Hopefully this book will shine a spotlight on the New Gods, showing all their untapped potential. At the very least, even though it's about the world's greatest escape artist, King isn't allowing us to escape the story he's drawing us into! Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Gage Bullock Aug 9, 2017

    Teaming up with superstar artist Mitch Gerad, who uses a nine panel page layout, Tom King brings you the Mister Miracle series that you never knew you wanted. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn Warner Aug 10, 2017

    At its core Mister Miracle is the story of a man who has reached a perceived plateau in his professional and perhaps what's worse, his personal life. He feels this so deeply in fact that the only thing left for him to escape from is death itself. Tom King and Mitch Gerads have teamed up again to bring us an engrossing, frightening and deeply poignant tale of one man's journey through self-destruction. It's gorgeous, smart and one hell of an entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Aug 9, 2017

    Mister Miracle #1 is a hard comic to review insofar that it just works. And it works on so many levels. You can always tell when a writer/artist team knows one another pretty well because the writing compliments the art which compliments the writing. King and Gerads opening to this 12-issue mini-series is near perfect in that it gives you just enough information that leaves you wanting more. And with this 12 issue format, we know going in that King and Gerads have this already planned out, and that we won’t be left hanging in the end. I for one, cannot wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - The Truth Aug 9, 2017

    I don't know the background to these characters, but I can't shake this book. King and Gerads have hit upon something magical, and dark. Nearly flawless execution. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Aug 9, 2017

    Honestly though, I really can't say enough about how good this is. Just go buy it, okay? Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Aug 9, 2017

    If you ever had any interest in reading these characters and seeing what made them so special back in the 70s or you are a new reader that has a new found reverence toward Kirbys work, pick this book up and you wont be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Aug 9, 2017

    Mister Miracle #1 is character-driven, visually innovative comics at its finest and continues the time-honored Jack Kirby tradition of giving godlike heroes feet of clay. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Aug 9, 2017

    Instead, Mister Miracle #1 greets us with a depressed narcissist hellbent on the next thrill or his own destruction. As duty calls, the uncharacteristically unsure hero questions his own powers for the first time. Since his attempted suicide something has seemed wrong. Off. Perhaps telling us that the escape artist may not have come out of this completely unscathed. Already King is deconstructing what it means to be this man of miracles, born of two worlds and son to both god and devil. A tale that will define Mister Miracle, thisScott Free, for generations to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Ken Petti Aug 9, 2017

    Mister Miracle #1 is compelling, disorienting, intimate, and ominous. A great read that might take a pass or two to really get the most out of. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 9, 2017

    The overriding theme of the issue is two small, but powerful words — Darkseid is. It's the lingering warning, foreshadowing that accompanies most pages. By the end of the issue that warning proves necessary resulting in a tantalizing cliffhanger. This is just one issue in, but I'm already expecting big things from this title. Don't let Mister Miracle escape your pull list this week. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Aug 8, 2017

    This is a really good opening to an interesting mystery that is both engaging in the story as well as the visuals Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - elana_brooklyn Aug 9, 2017

    Mister Miracle has finally survived the trap of one-note portrayals that occurred in many of the team books in which he's appeared. This comic is darker in tone than Kirby's original series but the questions Kirby interrogated in his series are all still in this comic. This is Mister Miracle. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Aug 9, 2017

    MISTER MIRACLE #1 is an exciting and extremely promising start to this new miniseries. Tom King doesn't just pay tribute to Jack Kirby, he also crafts a fascinating, fresh take on the New God, Scott Free. This issue is a totally unique and must-read for fans of Tom King and Jack Kirby's work! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Aug 10, 2017

    Wow! Just wow! Coming into this, I was not expecting such great story telling. I mean Tom King is great, but he really out did himself. Tom King truly is showing off his skills as story teller as we go into the life of Scott Free (Mister Miracle) after his attempt of his greatest escape. Mitch Gerads art goes perfectly with Tom Kings Mister Miracle, where its not all sunshine and rainbows or dark and gritty. They make Mister Miracle feel like it could be one of us, even though he is a New God. I cant wait to see where Mister Miracles journey takes us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Aug 15, 2017

    Mitch Gerads' art is perfect for this Kirby creation. There's pop-art inspiration on each page, and the colors can be at times mesmerizing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Andy Hall Aug 11, 2017

    This book is an interesting start to the limited series. I think that Kirby would enjoy what this team is doing with one of his characters. Scott was always one of Kirby's most morally complex characters, a feature that often got downplayed by other writers as they tried to separate him from the Fourth World mythology. I look forward to seeing the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Aug 9, 2017

    Do not miss out on this series. It's one of DC's most fascinating characters written and drawn by one of DC's hottest creator teams. If the quality is maintained from this issue, it should easily be one of DC's biggest hits of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - RobF Aug 17, 2017

    Mister Miracle is a master entertainer. There is not one trap he cannot escape. But the one thing he can't escape is his destiny. This is a side of Scott Free that no one has ever seen before and I have serious doubts that he will come out the other side whole. This series has all the ingredients to be a modern day classic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Kent Falkenberg Aug 11, 2017

    Overall, "Mister Miracle" #1 is a majestic debut for this series. King's script carries weight, severity, and solemnity without ever feeling overbearing or overly grim. Gerads' art is a wonderfully raw and evocative match. The sketchy, almost experimental, vibe runs a gamut of different styles, all the while capturing and combining essences of Greg Smallwood and Michel Fiffe without ever feeling overt in doing so. It's not the prettiest book this year, but it might just be the most engaging one to look at. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Christa Harader Aug 11, 2017

    The team puts together a stellar first issue in what they promised would be a fresh take on the classic escape artist. They sure did deliver a boatload of mystery and reverence for the comics scripture that's come before. I look forward to untangling the plot, wriggling deeper into the heart of the beast, and emerging almost unscathed just in the nick of time once this promising run comes to an all-too-quick end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 12, 2017

    Tom King is working his magic again with an off-kilter, but no less great, first issue. Your brain might need a moment to sit down after this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Aug 9, 2017

    The pacing is excellent as information is withheld making this a standard intro to a 12-issue mini-series. However, we get to see the inner psyche of Scott aka Mister Miracle in a seamless exposition of the story. Teasing the greater threat of "Darkseid is" a plus as it offers some mystery while setting up the plot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Christa Harader Aug 12, 2017

    The team puts together a stellar first issue in what they promised would be a fresh take on the classic escape artist, and they sure did deliver a boatload of mystery and reverence for the comics scripture that's come before. I look forward to untangling the plot, wriggling deeper into the heart of the beast, and emerging almost unscathed, just in the nick of time, once this promising run comes to an all-too-quick end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 9, 2017

    Mister Miracle #1 is every bit as good as one would expect from a creative team of this caliber working with such a venerated character. Tom King and Mitch Gerads manage to blend the larger-than-life nature of the Fourth World with a very grounded and emotionally charged story of a hero at his lowest ebb. Regardless of your familiarity with the New Gods, this is a series that absolutely deserves to be on your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Aug 13, 2017

    Gerads is the ideal partner in crime to King. He reveals nothing of the big plan. He just adds layers and subtexts as needed to the extent that it will be impossible to figure out what was his exact contribution to this comic. Lets tackle that one in another review. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Aug 13, 2017

    This title is without a doubt the odd duck of DC Comics right now, deservedly so. It should stand out and garner attention because the creatives are clearly challenging themselves in the medium with an odd character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Composto Aug 9, 2017

    After much anticipation, 'Mister Miracle' #1 delivers exactly what was promised: a thought provoking, poignant piece of art. Tom King writes yet another stellar script, but Mitch Gerads' art (pencils, inks, AND colors) truly steal the show here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Aug 14, 2017

    Mister Miracle #1 is an issue that asks how we can face the world day in and day out and it's an issue that frighteningly has no answers for that question. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Aug 9, 2017

    Aye, all I'm trying to tell you is this shit is worth a look right here. The new gods are back at it. Our girl Big Barda is back at it and Scott Free aka Mister Miracle is going through it and finding his way to be back on his bullshit. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz May 27, 2021

    I liked this first issue very much and I am interested as to where we are headed from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Aug 12, 2017

    Mister Miracle provides a lot of tantalizing possibilities here with its opening issue and I'm excited to see where it's all going to go. It's open to so many different directions and has so many characters that it can draw on that trying to guess just isn't going to be fun, and I want to simply experience each issue as it arrives. King and Gerads have put together a fantastic first issue here that really gives us a great look at all the different forms and faces that Scott Free has worn over the years and those that are important to him. The uncertainty of how firm the ground is that we're standing on only adds to the excitement because it can shift in so many ways. There's a lot to like here and it's a strong start for what may be a fantastic ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion Aug 9, 2017

    Honestly, you can set up murderer's row of talent that have taken a swing at the Fourth World and failed. I know quite a few fellow readers who think outside of its creator, it's never worked in another's hands (I wouldn't totally agree " *he looks over at The Great Darkness Saga, Final Crisis and Orion on his bookshelf*) " but I think this is a promising start and looks to maybe send Scott and Barda on their most exciting spotlight adventure in a very long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 10, 2017

    The unreliable narrator has been a popular trope in comics recently, most notably Moon Knight. There's obviously something wrong with Scott and his perception of reality making it hard for us to judge what is real (a brutal visit from Orion) and what isn't (a visit from his old friend Oberon). Dark and foreboding, this may not be what I expected in a Mister Miracle story, but it's certainly worth a good long look for fans of the character. Called back home to New Genesis after the fall of Highfather, can Mister Miracle pull himself together in time to perform his greatest escape yet. I guess we'll see. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 8, 2017

    This is not an introduction to Mister Miracle, but Tom King gives readers an intriguing story that is just getting started, but already feels pretty big already.  I do think the pacing is off, but the art and mystery of it all have me intrigued going forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 10, 2017

    And thats kind of the tragedy of this. It would be nice to see Mister Miracle, Big Barda, and Oberon taking on Granny Goodness or Mantis again after appearing and disappearing on and off again over the last few years and not having a comic with his name for far longer than that. Yeah, Id like to get a deep-cut reading of him, but Id also like to see him do his Mister Miracle thing before that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 10, 2017

    The story is all mystery at this point, so there's time to redeem its dark beginnings - but the opening sequence is very disturbing, and it's a scene I don't think you'd ever have seen in a comic by Jack Kirby. It seems like a disrespectful way to honor "the King." Read Full Review

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