Are you ready, dear reader, for more hyperbolic praise hoisted upon Tom King and Mitch Gerards Mister Miracle?
I can understand... I mean we've all sounded like a broken record for seven months now about how amazing this series is and sometimes you run out of superlatives... Have we described it as "resplendent" yet? Hmm. Any-who, I won't dwell on scouring a thesaurus to talk about King and Gerards this month... I'll just sumerize the story.
If you can't guessed by the cover of this comic (and the surprise reveal last issue), this book is about a valet who is a total dick weed. I mean, it's about the birth of a new god. Grandson of both Darkseid and Highfather. Child of New Genesis and Apokolips. A child whose crazy aunts can set aside trying to kill it's father just to witness it's birth.
But despite the outrageous nature of the family the child is being born into, this is the most realistic look at childbirth ever conveyed in comic form. From everything the nurses and doctors say, to how Barda and Scott interact, to the discovery of how a chair turns into a bed in the maternity ward. All to introduce the world to it's newest hero/villain:
You, dearest of comic enthusiasts, will find yourself running the gamete of emotions in this comic. If you have experienced the miracle (pun intended) of child birth, you will be familiar with all the challenges set before our heroes. The "boredom" of waiting till the correct dilation. The fear of complications in delivery. Having to deal with in-laws. It's all here. Every. Nerve. Wracking. Minute.
Which makes this book good... I think. It makes this birth of a deity seem routine. Maybe it is?
Yet, we still don't really know what is going on with Scott Free (what with the blurry lines and all and his attempted suicide), and much of this series vacillates from every day life struggles to hyper-violence. This is book is calm by comparison to the previous issue, but it still feels like it has dramatic tension.
I just scared that now that a baby is involved things will go horribly wrong...