Scott Free is put in a death trap from a villain of his past on Apokolips in Mister Miracle #5.
Big Barda’s “escape” from Apokolips didn’t go without setbacks for long. Already in her second issue, her and Scott are being hunted down for escaping from Darkseid’s evil world.
Where to read Mister Miracle #5:
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 2 or
- Jack Kirby’s Mister Miracle Super Escape Artist trade paperback (black-and-white)
- Mister Miracle digital comics not yet available
Previously – New Gods #5
The issue begins with the appearance of Doctor Virman Vundabar. We discover he has set up his “murder machine” as a death trap for Mister Miracle. He wants to make sure there is no possible way for escape – as do all of Scott Free’s adversaries.
We learn that Doctor Vundabar has a connection to Scott and Barda’s past. He was also raised at one of Granny Goodness’ orphanages. I think it is pretty easy to see how growing up in one of those could be a breeding ground for supervillains.
We also learn that Barda might not have actually “escaped” from Apokolips. It appears she was allowed to escape, in hopes that she would go looking for Scott. This would allow Darkseid’s followers to be able to find Scott by following Barda.
I’m generally enjoying the traps that Scott is set in. Each trap at least feels somewhat unique, even if it is a bit repetitive. It can be a little annoying when Scott is able to use some new technology that he had hidden on his body. In this issue, that new tech helped him to both escape the trap and defeat the villain.
I am more forgiving of the scheme’s when they allow for some of Scott and Barda’s back story to be revealed. That was handled well in this issue and I hope we see even more in the coming issues.
I would still like to see more of Scott’s connection to the greater Fourth World. It seems like there have been 1 or 2 small references in each episode, but it is largely staying away from the story of Apokolips. It feels like if Scott had been born on Earth, the story wouldn’t be drastically different.
I’m certainly hoping that we will see more direct crossover between the New Gods, and even Forever People, with Mister Miracle. It seems there is potential for a great story there if they can be mixed together in the right way.
It was disappointing to see Big Barda used as a damsel in distress in this episode. She seems much to powerful for this to happen. On the bright side, it did take a small army of men to secure her. I’m hoping this doesn’t become a recurring thing and we can see her be the hero of the story sometimes.
At least she did get multiple chances to show how strong and powerful she is in this episode. She appears to be as powerful as Orion from New Gods. If she began to fight for the good of New Genesis, Darkseid would have another serious threat to his reign on Earth.
Next up on the journey through Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, we check back in on Sonny Sumo and the Forever People in issue #6.
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Up next – Forever People #6