“Of course this title was going to be his pick of the week no matter if it turns out to be a turd sandwich served with a glass of warm Natursekt.” is probably the first thought when i declare that Mister Miracle no.1 is my comic of the week. And that is true because i already enjoyed last weeks New Gods Special more than is warranted.
Jack Kirby’s creations, and the figures from his Fourth World in particular, all have an aura around them; an honesty that has become a mainstay in contemporary comics but even years after their first publication feels like nothing else.
And in the centennial of the King Of Comics DC-Comics publishes a continuation of one of the most beloved figures and the Fourth World he inhabits that evokes an almost equal buzz as when i read Mister Miracle’s premiere issue.
Of course, DC made sure this book would cause a wave by giving writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerards the keys to the Hot Rod that Grandpa built back in the day but Dad put a blanket upon because he did not get the time to continue the work (which is an elaborate metaphor for Grant Morisson’s work on the characters).
The comic opens with a facette that always was there in the beginning of Scott Free’s existence as the greatest escape artist there is, but twists it to the ultimate conclusion: only the best escape artist can built the ultimate trap for himself. But not only does the contraption put Mister Miracle in chains; the whole pantheon of the New Gods is trapped with him.
And as if that isn't enough to push against; Darkseid is.
But the story of this escape act would not work as well as it wasn’t for Mitch Gerards. He makes the characters stand out of their surroundings; gives them the boldness that is associated with New Gods and Forever People. But while Kirby gave us figures that feel like springs under permanent tension declaring their readiness to expand any moment by emanating the famous Kirby crackle, Gerards relies on their presence to instill the awesomeness of the figures.
He deepens the unrealiable nature of what we see on the page by working with distortions and in one instance even by placing pieces of adehsive tape on the page.
A downside to this issue is that a person that reads this issue without prior knowledge of the characters and their relations to each other and the larger DC-Universe could put it away with the thought of it being nothing more than DC trying to copy the “artsy fartsy” approach Tom King brought to the Vision or the Omega Men. But like with the two mentioned series, he examines an aspect of the character in his way, or in this case rather focuses on an ignored one: Scott Free was sent to a life of torture at the hands of Darkseid and Granny Goodness to secure a peace treaty that only was honored until it afforded Darkseid to further his power.
While i am counting the days until the second issue is officially released (September 13th) the sentence above presents the biggest stone in the way of this title to become more than just a Kirby acolyte’s favourite contemporary comic. But the events unfold in the broader continuity of the DC Universe, and when Darkseid is mentioned there is more at stake than just the city a hero is located at.
Mister Miracle no.1
published by DC-Comics
written by Tom King
art by Mitch Gerards
lettered by Clayton Clowes
With the Tom King train on full speed, i decided to check out Omega Men, which i ignored during it’s publication in single issues.
That title left me devastated, like any other King title, but the path to that final punch in the nuts is a fascinating one. The lines that are usuaally drawn in heavily pigmented black ink isn’t clearly defined, and in the middle of the fog of war is Kyle Raynor; trying to navigate the grey zone as well as possible.
The artwork further drives the point across that no one in this comic is acting out of true altruism. Everything seems to have taken a short bath in a black wash that won’t come off.
Seems like i lived under a rock for the last three weeks. Tom Scioli, one of my favourite artists/writers in comics started a new webcomic.
It’s to early to make a statement avout the nature of the story, but Scioli’s artwork combines the style he adopted during his work on Satan’s Soldier through Transformers vs G.I. Joe with cleaner linework.
You can find his new work, Princess, here.
Unpacked it this morning.
Here are two panels that caught my eye while having a quick look through it.
Great idea: twelve different artists/writer teams write an installment each month, leaving the cliffhanger to be solved by the next team. In the next issue the team from the preceding issue will write their idea of the conclusion for their cliffhanger in the letters section.
I don’t buy the paragraph about DC not being able to settle on a team for an ongoing.
That aside, i dug the issue. Picks up a lot from the classic first issue, Giffen and Eaglesham are doing their best to honor the King while retaining their styles while the story moves at a rather fast pce for our decompressed age.
Let’s take a look at the stuff that will cover my corpse someday.
Lando Calrissian (3,75″ Black Series)
Another blind spot in my collection is filled! Lando’s cloak is one of the nicer ones, somehow i also dig the elastic band, but i deceided to take it off and keep him in his rebelion uniform look. While the face scuplt does not entierly resemble Billy Dee Williams i’m happy that he has his wrist communicator.
Tony Stark (S.H. Figuarts)
Bandai is taking their game further with their face printing technology. This time with Robert Downey Jr.. The license costs are probably the reason why he doesn’t get any alternate faces but the look he comes with is a good all purpose expression. And there are three alternate hands for each arm as well as two armor lower arms and armor boots as well as a display stand resembling Tony Stark’s hall of armors.
Gardens Of Glass – Lando
It was receommended to me to help with my uneasiness with Moebius’s work.
At The Shore – Jim Campbell
Another recommendation. Jim Campbell adapted Over The Garden Wall for the comics page which i ennjoyed. So i decided to take a look at his work without being restraint by the rules of a franchise.
Friday 00:05 MET, time to share some links. Some i do comment, some not. Some lead to german internet presences.
# BBC Reports Disney Negotiating With Carrie Fisher Estate On Future CGI Carrie Fisher Appearances In Star Wars
Hmm, i heard from more people than anticipated that they did not find CGI Tarkin that bad, so perhaps CGI Leia will work as well. I’d rather see an actress in the role.
And here’s the follow up:
# Lucasfilm Addresses Using CGI To Recreate Carrie Fisher In Future Star Wars Films
I guess they will do so in Episode IX.
# Brian Blessed warned Geroge Lucas about Jar Jar Binks.
# Gravity Daze trailer via Okamidensetsu Isn’t that the cutest kitty WOAH, SHIT WHAT US HAPPENING! Here’s a making of-video.
# Der Raum-Ausstatter (german)
German comedian/voice artist Monty Arnold lays down a short but poignant bouquet of flowers to the King Of Comics: Jack Kirby.
# A Myth of Love and Metals: Gem Fusion in Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe
Steven Universe is an amazing show about acceptance and change and i’m always rambling about how beautiful the concept of fusion is to educate kids on human interaction, but this article does it waaaaay better than i ever could.
# Brigham Young University Researches The Negative Effects Of Superheroes On Pre-Schoolers
# Reconsidering Rogue One
It burns under my nails to talk about this movie, but i want to wait until i can record a proper podcast episode about it for Asteroids In Exile
# Joe Jusko Does A Classic Take On The Guardians Of The Galaxy
# 10 reasons why Fletcher Hanks kicks ass
Don’t read about Hank’s private life….but Stardust the Space Wizard is a neat name for a “Superhero”.
Let’s take a look at the stuff that will cover my corpse someday.
Shin Godzilla second form vinyl figure
I love the evolution the king of monsters goes through in Toho’s latest movie and getting this stage completes my Shin Godzilla vinyl collection.
Prices for this figure are through the roof on the secondary market when i looked, but i set an alarm on CS-Toys and got it for a justifiable price.
Black Series 6inch Sabine Wren
I wanted to quit on the six inch figures. Then Hasbro gave us Kanan and Ahsoka. Well, and now Sabine.
S.H. Figuarts K2SO
Everybody’s favourite droid (at the moment) from Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line.
Omega Man tpb
Skipped the single issue run. But Tom King wrote it and because i was amazed by his work on the Vision i’m interested to see what he does with Kyle Rayner.
Jackie Kottwitz band 1
A german volume of Jérôme K. Jérôme Bloche, a franco-belgian comic about an aspiring detective. Since the english edition is on its way to be released later this year i got a volume of the german translation. I’ve read a story ages ago and liked it but must have lost it during moving flats.
Buffalo Classic USB-Gamepad
As mentioned in the post about the Retropie, i got a SNES like gamepad that was universally recommended by the internet.
 an alternative to the Nintendo Classic Mini
Friday 00:05 MET, time to link up.
# Word Balloon Comic Books Podcast: Word Balloon’s 2016 Writer Of The Year Tom King Great talk.
# The Rock Talks #BlackAdam And The Entire DCU: “Hope, Optimism & FUN… Prepare Yourselves DC Universe” So he smelled what the Rock Of Eternity is cocking?
# Polaroid Pop: A Digital Instant Camera for Iconic 3×4″ Polaroid Pictures We can’t let it die, can we? I have one of the old Polaroid ZINC printers, but frankly, the prints aren’t worth the money.
# Make Shinshoji Zen Museum & Gardens One of Your Top Destinations of 2017
# Ippitsuryu: Single Stroke Paintings of Dragons
# Utsuro-bune: the unidentified ship that landed on Edo-Japan’s shore
# First Uchu Sentai KyuRanger Teaser Promo Online! Is it that time again? I’m having so much fun with Zyuohger that i don’t want them to go into Super Sentai history. A second season would have been a good compensation for Ninninger, which in turn had a better soundtrack and mecha design considering that the main robot of the red ranger controlled a larger frame built by the other robots/vehicles.
# Arkham Knight – Mister Freeze Playthrough Victor Freeze is one of the tragic villains the Batman has to face from time to time and i dig what they did with him in the Arkham series of games, providing a fitting but sad ending in Arkham Knight. Bat’s comment at the end is a tad harsh though.
# Remembering the Amstrad CPC, a superior 8-bit computer
# Dragone: Platinum’s Scalebound cancelled. I was actually looking forward to see the final game.
# Researchers discover that experimental Alzheimer’s drug causes teeth to regrow tissue lost to cavities
# How silent film effects were done
# Jérôme K. Jérôme Bloche Comes To The USA With IDW Entertainment Remember reading a german edition a long time ago. Neat read.
# Scribd Closes Digital Comics Line Because No One Read Them
# Call Sheet Reveals Inhumans Characters
# A book about London’s gorgeous, brutalist architecture includes dainty DIY papercraft models to make yourself
# Watch Animation Test Footage For A ‘Rust’ Graphic Novel Adaptation Rust was great in comic form, an animated version makes more sense than animating every Justice League story.
# Bandai: S.H. Figuarts Dr. Strange Promotional Images and Info UPDATED! Looks neat. Not sure how i like the magic circle effect parts but otherwise a good ointment for the Hot Toys itch.
# (german) Die acht besten Bücher, die 2017 erscheinen Achtung Satire! Hoffentlich….
 It was worth a try.
 In my opinion, the worst of the games. Even Origins is better.