Story: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerards
Colors: Mitch Gerards
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
What They Say:
It’s the trial of Mister Miracle! Orion and Lightray are convinced that Scott has become infected with Anti-Life and is working against them to bring down New Genesis. Scott must succumb to their interrogation and physical challenges to prove he’s not what they say he is…but how do you speak truth to people who don’t want to believe?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As we get a third into this twelve-issue series, Mister Miracle gives us an even clearer look at things, yet not. Tom King knows how to craft a story for a certain kind of audience – this isn’t really a mass market casual kind of series – and for those that are into it, myself included, it’s just delightful. But it’s exceeding expectations thanks to what Mitch Gerards brings to the table with the look of the characters and their expressions. The panel format is one that has long appealed to me going back to the Five Years Later LSH run and King knows how to work it well for the story while Gerards knows how to give it the right kind of emotion and subtle changes. It’s a strong book just from that factor alone.
With so much having gone on so far and getting such a twisted look at the war that Scott and Barda found themselves in, it’s no surprise that he’s latching onto some semblance of normal back home. He’s an utter mess, completely screwed up and just struggling with the basics of existence, nevermind any of what has to be dealt with on a higher functioning level. So he has a show he’s getting ready for, he has items being delivered, and he’s just kind of zoning otherwise. Which Barda understands and is being there for him for when he’s ready to start getting out of this, or if he goes too far and she gets directly involved. Naturally, nothing will go on for too long like this in this format so when Lightray shows up it’s the early sign that things are going to be an utter mess. And that includes his face, which Barda so wonderfully rearranges.
What this issue wants to focus on is the truth as Scott sees it, which isn’t exactly the reality as we understand it. With Orion as Highfather having come to Earth for a trial as Scott opted for that instead of simple old execution, the panel format allows for quite the interrogation where Scott can only answer in true or false. He hems and haws a bit here and there but Orion is attempting to get a real understanding of where Scott is in regards to this being an agent of Darkseid. Scott’s laid-back demeanor early on, complete with a veggie plate for the witnesses, is amusing at the start but Orion pushes and pushes and as you see Scott crumble you can feel so much of it and just connect with him as it ends up utterly breaking him. Which is necessary because now, if he can do it, he can put himself back together in a better place.
As strong as this issue is I think a lot of readers will end up being surprised by how much more it will resonate when read in full with the whole run. I had thoroughly loved Omega Men as I got into those first few issues for what they presented and the emotion of them and that’s playing out here. But when read in full afterward, an issue like this will take on a greater meaning both because of what comes after but also because of the lead-up to it being so fresh in your mind. King and Gerards are delivering a great story here with fantastic artwork with a character that is compelling in the right hands like this. I can’t get enough of it but am savoring each new experience in anticipation of the complete experience as both are just so different but wonderfully done.
Age Rating: 17+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: November 8th, 2017