Written by Tom King
Illustrated by Mitch Gerads
Published by DC Comics
In this issue, Mister Miracle and Big Barda are trapped in a pocket sized universe. It’s insinuated that they may be captives of Darkseid here.
So that’s the overall plot of the issue.
But the details and the nuances of the entire issue are completely different. You have to read it to believe but it’s one of the best issues of the series.
So Scott and Barda basically spend the issue raising and taking care of a small child.
Sounds engrossing, right?
But it’s excellent. King takes this simple set up and makes it work as almost a comment on superheroes and parenting.
We get to see the duo take care of the little one. They take him to the playground. They feed him. They try putting him down for a nap. They talk about getting him a birthday cake (he likes Batman cakes). The whole time, Scott is trying to tell Barda that he has to go back to the war and kill Darkseid.
There’s a lot of forward momentum here.
King also makes the whole thing about the fears of raising a child. He takes these two superheroes and again does something you don’t expect. He makes it personal to his own life. And by doing so, he makes it relatable for anyone reading.
Tom King is getting close to wrapping up this amazing storyline. I loved the first six issue but the second half is even better than I could have imagined. It’s incredibly dramatic but he also leaves room for some fun and some good laughs.
The scene where Scott goes drinking with Booster Gold is priceless and human.
The art by Gerads is great. He rightfully got the Eisner Award this year. This is an amazing series. I guarantee that it’ll be viewed as a classic in the years to come. It’s that good.