Scott Free and Big Barda finally take the fight to Granny Goodness on Apokolips in Mister Miracle #7.
Previously, we have only seen hints at the duo’s past, but this issue shows them returning to their past. This also gives us a little bit more information on their origins on the evil world.
Where to read Mister Miracle #7:
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 3 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 #146
I have been wanting the Mister Miracle comic book to connect more to Jack Kirby’s other Fourth World titles, like New Gods since it started. This issue does not disappoint.
It is sent nearly entirely on Apokolips. I believe this is the longest look we have gotten of Darkseid’s world to this point in the saga. It gives the issue a much different feel and energy than the villain of the month escape traps to this point.
Those traps in previous issues have worked well, but I like to see how the villain is more directly connected to Scott’s past and the world of Apokolips.
In the previous issue, Scott and Barda decided they could no longer keep running from Granny Goodness and her followers. They decided to take the fight to Granny. Scott is looking to win his freedom with a trial by combat.
The issue has just a few Earth panels in the beginning. Scott and Barda have to say goodbye to Oberon, with hopes that they see him again soon.
It was nice to see that Barda and Oberon had developed a friendship, even if they pretend to dislike each other most of the time. We see Oberon then chase after the pair to give them something, but he is too late and just misses the tube.
When Scott and Bard use the Mega-Rod to transport themselves to Apokolips, they quickly realize how unwelcome they are. They are immediately attacked.
Luckily, this allows Barda a chance to show off her awesome and fierce warrior skills. She is not afraid to tell off Darkseid’s minions and certainly not afraid to beat them up. It was nice to see Scott just trying to survive while Barda looked like she had no trouble.
Eventually, the pair run into Kanto the Weapon Master, who sets a trap for Scott. This brief trap is the only time we see Mister Miracle’s super escape artist skills in this issue, but it looks like more is coming up soon.
Scott and Barda make their way to Granny’s “Happiness Home for the Orphaned Young”. While there they run into Hoogin, who was the officer on duty the night Scott escaped Apokolips. I’m sure that he has a grudge against Scott.
Granny orders Scott to be sent to Section Zero. Hoogin remarks how nobody has ever escaped Section Zero. Barda is order off to the female chambers. The issues ends with them both in custody.
The backup story in this issue is another adventure of “Young Scott Free”. In this, we get to see Scott forced into training to become a future weapon for Darkseid. We see him flying with Aero-Discs for possibly the first time while fighting off a group of Parademons.
It was nice to get more glimpses of the Parademons, as they have been absent in recent Fourth World stories. Kirby tells us how bad Parademons are by describing them as “bred by Darkseid to destroy all intruders in the dark spaces above Apokolips. Nothing equals the Para-Demon for ferocity and speed”.
With the recent appearance of Parademons in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it was cool to be able to see more from these creatures. I’m hoping we get to see a little bit more of their origins in future issues, but I’m not really expecting it.
I have been loving all of Kirby’s work on the Fourth World, but it looks like he picked it up a notch with the #7 issues of Mister Miracle and New Gods being among the best issues in the series so far. They might be my personal two favorites at this point.
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