GRAPHIC NOVELS

Mister Miracle

Mitch Gerads (illus.). DC. Feb. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781401283544. $24.99. Rated: Teen+. SUPERHERO
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OrangeReviewStarAs a newborn baby, Scott Free, heir to the throne of New Genesis, was ransomed to the despotic villain Darkseid to bring an end to an interplanetary war. After years of torture at the hands of his captors, Scott, along with the love of his life, Barda, managed to flee to Earth, where he eventually became part-time superhero and full-time world-famous escape artist Mr. Miracle. He can slip any trap and overcome any obstacle, but when he discovers that he's about to become a father, just as tensions reignite on his home planet, Scott realizes that his traumatic past is more difficult to escape than any handcuffs and that life itself is the ultimate deathtrap. Author King (The Vision) and regular collaborator Gerads (The Sheriff of Babylon) reimagine this classic creation by the legendary Jack Kirby as a man struggling to come to terms with his past in order to create a better future.
VERDICT Alternately heartbreaking, thrilling, and very funny, this is a tale of superheroics that for all its interstellar action argues that the struggle to become a happy, functioning adult is the most colossal challenge of all.
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