Mister Miracle #2 introduces us to the terrible Granny Goodness and introduces us a little bit to the origins of Scott Free before he became a super escape artist.
I went into this issue expecting to already become bored of the escape artist angle, but Jack Kirby had a good twist plan that added intrigue. This comic still feels separate from the other Fourth World books, but there are plenty of connections to spot along the way.
Where to read Mister Miracle #2:
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1 or
- Jack Kirby’s Mister Miracle Super Escape Artist trade paperback (black-and-white)
- Mister Miracle digital comics not yet available
Previously – Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #137
The twist in this issue was that Scott Free and Oberon would have to escape from none other than Granny Goodness. This of course starts to show a little bit of Scott’s origin story before he was on Earth. Granny ran an “orphanage” that sounds all around pretty horrible. Scott was one of the children in those orphanages and the first to escape.
The first appearance of Granny Goodness quickly shows us how awful she is. She is an extreme and loyal follower of her Lord Darkseid. She also has minions working for her, but demands that they worship Darkseid and not her. If you weren’t sure she is a villain from that, she also talks about herself in the third person.
I’m glad the Mister Miracle title isn’t yet using a random Intergang thug of the month as villain. I thought we would quickly fall into a pattern of that. We still might fall in to that routine, but this issue was a welcome surprise. I want to see more of Scott’s early days. This gives us some of that, even if the rest of the story is still a mystery.
Mister Miracle #2 also showed a little bit more about the power of the Mother Boxes. Scott can seemingly use one for anything, although “she” only has a finite amount of power. At one point, Mother Box runs out of power and Scott has to praise in to regain energy.
The Mother Boxes are part computer and part living organism. Sometimes, they are used to perform functions similar to a 21st century smart phone. At other times, it appears to be an intelligent life form capable of performing feats like healing the injured.
The best part of this issue by far is the reference to Scott’s pre-super escape artist days. When reading issue #1, it would be easy to think this wasn’t connected to the Fourth World, besides a few references. This issue shows us that Scott Free is a more important player in the New Gods story than we know so far.
Also, still no Big Barda in this issue, but we are getting closer to her debut. I suppose it is a good thing that Kirby decided to let the audience know more about Mister Miracle before introducing Barda. Still, I am anxious for her to make her debut. Next up, we return to the Forever People title with issue #3.
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Up next – Forever People #3