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– by Emmanuel Gomez

(WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD)

With the release of Mister Miracle #6 this week by Tom King and Mitch Gerads we have reached the half way point of the series. Since the release of its first issue back in August of last year, the book has been very well received by comic book fans. In fact, it has made several “Top” lists for 2017. The cover of issue 6 also includes a quote from DC Comics’ newest member Brian Michael Bendis which reads:

“Every year, one book stands up above everyone else’s. Fans and creators alike stop and stare in amazement at a couple of creators fining a new voice, new point of view, and new levels of artistic expression. This year it is MISTER MIRACLE.”

One of the many things that King has done very well is exploring the relationship between Barda and Scott Free, issue #6 is no exception. When we last saw the couple in issue #5 Barda had decided that she wanted Scott to stay and escape execution as well as the fall of the classic Funky Flashman. Now in this issue, we see the couple race through New Genesis to confront Orion.

As they travel their destination, time and time again they are faced with impossible traps. Everything from lasers, acid, underwater monsters, forever voids, classic shirking chambers and if course the ever so often guards. Each and every one of these obstacles does not faze either one of our heroes throughout their journey. Why? They are pre-occupied with another matter, the remodeling of their place. Everything from the kitchen, bathroom, closets, bedroom and living room. As they reach the end of their journey, Barda reveals to Scott why she is pushing so hard for these changes, she is pregnant. But their joy has to be put on pause as they are horrified by what they find in Orion’s throne room, which will take Scott to his next trap he must escape.

The storytelling in this issue is fantastic. Fans of Mister Miracle and Big Barda know that they were raised on Apokolips and have seen many horrific things, so there is a lot of situations that do not phase them. What other couple could go through all these death traps with such ease? King and Gerads do a great job at making it all seem like it’s just any other day for them through great dialogue and amazing panel layouts. On the last page, without giving too much away I must say that the fear that Gerads is able to portray in Scott’s face is done really well, a great way to end the issue.

No doubt that Mister Miracle is going to continue its great momentum from 2017. I am very anxious to get my hands on the next issue as we are going to start to get some long answers to some of the questions that had been planted since the first issue. If you haven’t picked this up, I highly recommend it. Also if you’re enjoying this title, I would recommend picking up the trade that features Jack Kirby’s first issues of Mister Miracle because King and Gerads put in a lot of references for there, making it that much more fun to read.

What are your thoughts on Mister Miracle through six issues? Let us know below!

DC Comics’ Mister Miracle #6 is available at your local comic book shops today!

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