Reading Tom King and Mitch Jenkins‘s Mister Miracle reeks of reading Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz‘s Big Numbers — so much so that I often forget which I am reading, even though it’s obviously going to be Mister Miracle.
But today we also get something closer to Miracleman #9 by Alan Moore and Rick Veitch. The most graphically and accurate portrayal of a comic store-distributed birth — aside from Miracleman #9. It was hugely controversial at the time, but also marked the moment that Diamond’s Steve Geppi decided to step away from content concerns over a lot of what the distribution would distribute.
But there are other nice touches too — such as the poster in the hospital, inspiring pregnant women to “Be a Wonder Woman”.
Itself reflected in the lines of the heart monitor, monitoring the heart rate of Big Barta and her baby.
Because she already is a Wonder Woman… and Mister Miracle is her Superman? He wears the T-shirt, after all.
It really, really looks and feels like Big Numbers though. The pace, the clipped dialogue, the pose, the linework. You know, if DC Comics put Big Numbers #1-3 in the back, would anyone realise?comics
Anyway, in a comic all about Mister Miracle’s death and his potential escape from it — here’s a parallel of new life.
MISTER MIRACLE #7 (OF 12)
(W) Tom King (A) Mitch Gerads (CA) Nick Derington
Mister Miracle and Big Barda are in a panic. The war with Apokolips isn’t going well. And it’s Barda’s turn to have her past come crashing back into her present as the Female Furies appear on the scene with blood on their minds. Continuing the acclaimed miniseries that Entertainment Weekly called “by far the best comic on the stands right now.”In Shops: Mar 14, 2018