Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mister Miracle #8 Review

This Book Is...

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mitch Gerads and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 18, 2018

Okay, it's very clear that I am the only one on the planet who isn't under mister miracles spell.  I have debated on whether or not to keep reviewing it and while I've asked at least 5 other people and made at least three open calls on the podcast, nobody else wants it either.  So, for the sake of finishing what I started, here is my review…

The issue opens with the usual over the top narration as we see Mister Miracle take a headshot, give some orders to lightray and then...we are back on earth warming up a bottle for the baby. I'm sure some will go on and on about the juxtaposition of the scenes and use big words and discuss French Cinema, but I'm just confused that Funky Flashman is there because I swore that Barda killed him in issue #6.

We then get a whole nine-panel page devoted to a nursery rhyme before going back to Apokolips and the hell that is war. That's basically the entire issue...back and forth between war and and war. There is a bit about Batman killing babies (not what you think) and with that, I still think this entire series is about Tom King's own struggles fighting the War on Terror for the CIA while starting a family. If I'm wrong...well, I really don't give two fucks.

That's the problem with this series for me. I do try to go into each issue with an open mind, but it continues having the same problems that keep bringing me down. While some love the loose narrative and the idea that about a hundred things could be happening, I like stories and there just isn't much of one to grasp here. I guess I'd like Mister Miracle to do something...miraculous, but watching him warm a bottle is far from it. I have five children and I've done all this and it's as boring watching him do it as it was doing it myself!

Yes, I know that I'll get yelled out about the symbolism involved and all the things going over my head, but I'm a little guy and a whole lot goes over my head. That being said, I can miss a lot of things and still enjoy myself and that's the main thing here...I am not enjoying myself.

Back to the issue, we get more war vs baby juxtaposition, more of Tom King's Campbell QB nonsense (do the Knights not have a backup?), a little together time for the new parents and more nursery rhymes.

I am begging anyone reading this...if you like this book and want to review it, just let me know and it's yours. By the way, I still love the art which is why my score below is where it is.

Bits and Pieces:

After last issues big reveal (Lump!), it's back to mundane tasks mixed with young milestones mixed with war. Scott is feeling the pull of being Highfather and a father and I'm getting pretty tired of it all. I know that all those reviews above me will go on about how perfect this is and while I would like to sit at the cool table, I feel like I am being led on a road to nowhere. I hope I'm wrong.



  1. You are not the only one. Whatever love I had for King during Grayson and Omega Men is long, long gone.

    1. There are a few of us out there!!! Loved Grayson, but I did get frustrated by end of Omega Men

    2. It just sort of ended, didn't it? And then Vendetti ignored that ending, and I don't mind that as much as I ought to.

    3. yep...and to be honest, King and Seeley left Grayson to start on their Rebirth books and Lanzing and Kelly were left to clean up a lot of the convoluted mess that was building up...Otto Netz, Spiral itself, Helena...a lot of nonsense that was Seeley and King's doing that they got free of.

  2. You are not alone, Jim. I've felt like King's been coasting since Vision.

    When I read the first issue I stopped and thought "8/10"... but, knew that the rest of the internet would see it as an 11/10.

    1. Lol...I actually have first 3 issues in scores,but I am getting so tired of it

  3. This is spot on. The book isn't very good. Tom King is working out his war issues and his daddy issues. Both have been done better many times over. King is obsessed with domestic life (or maybe that's all he can write about). Not a fan of Gerard's work, too traced and stiff..this book is 2/10.

    1. I feel like at this point most of what King is doing is self-therapy. I have a lot of sympathy for him, but that doesn't mean I want to read about it.

    2. Yea, I think he is working things out, but we are stuck along for the ride