The rest of the Fourth World may be over for now, but the adventures of Scott Free and Big Barda continue in Mister Miracle #11.
This issue features the return of the villainous Doctor Bedlam and an expanded role for the Female Furies from Apokolips.
Where to read Mister Miracle #11:
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 4 or
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World: Featuring Mister Miracle trade paperback (black-and-white)
- Mister Miracle digital comics not yet available
Previously – New Gods #11
Ted Brown, the son of the original Mister Miracle Thaddeus Brown, was introduced in the previous issue. His business deal apparently includes using Mister Miracle, Oberon, Big Barda and the Female Furies to help film a movie. Scott has to use his escape skills to get out of the movie’s trap – on camera.
We see a group of Animates have been watching the entire thing from hiding. The Animates begin the process of transforming the chosen Animate into Doctor Bedlam. The Doctor is from Apokolips and has tussled with Scott Free before. Doctor Bedlam wants to come up with a new trap that Mister Miracle won’t be able to escape.
Oberon begins to have terrible visions that he is being attacked by monsters and calls out for Scott. Doctor Bedlam was able to use video special effects to create an illusion that Oberon was being attacked. Scott and Oberon are eventually able to recognize that it is Bedlam’s work.
The Animates then break into the house and attack Ted, Scott, and Oberon. Oberon is able to defend himself well before Barda and the Furies show up to finish of the Animates. This gives some of the Furies a chance to shine. Among them is Stompa, who fittingly uses her feet a lot in battle.
The Animates are able to damage Scott’s Mother Box, though. Something is wrong with the circuitry and it doesn’t appear to be easily fixable. Scott takes this as a sign that Doctor Bedlam wants to set another trap for him without the aid of Mother Box. Scott decides he has to confront Bedlam alone.
Scott knocks out Doctor Bedlam, only to discover it is an Animate. Bedlam’s mind is still able to communicate with him, though. Bedlam’s trap for Mister Miracle is a falling spacecraft that is up in flames. Scott was able to use the help of a convenient duplicate Mother Box to defeat Doctor Bedlam and trap him in the Animate’s body.
I’m glad we got to see the return of a villain in this issue. Most of the Mister Miracle issues have featured one-off villains to this point, even if many of them had ties to Granny Goodness. I’m hoping to see more villains return so they can be developed better.
I’m curious to see how much the larger Fourth World mythology will play into Jack Kirby’s remaining issues on Mister Miracle. Both Forever People and New Gods were cancelled with issue #11. Perhaps DC Comics told him the mythological aspects weren’t working with fans. After all, Mister Miracle focuses less on New Genesis and Apokolips than the other titles and was the only one successful enough to continue.
I’d understand if the references to Scott and Barda’s past were toned down, but I hope it is isn’t totally eliminated. My favorite issues of Mister Miracle were those set on Apokolips. I’m hoping some of that storytelling remains.
Follow along my Fourth World review – The Jack Kirby Fourth World reading order
Up next – Mister Miracle #12