While I was traveling this weekend, I read the new DC Comics book by Tom King and Mitch Gerads Mister Miracle and realized that it’s the book I should have assigned as our last one. Here is the synopsis from Library Journal:
As a newborn baby, Scott Free, heir to the throne of New Genesis, was ransomed to the despotic villain Darkseid to bring an end to an interplanetary war. After years of torture at the hands of his captors, Scott, along with the love of his life, Barda, managed to flee to Earth, where he eventually became part-time superhero and full-time world-famous escape artist Mr. Miracle. He can slip any trap and overcome any obstacle, but when he discovers that he’s about to become a father, just as tensions reignite on his home planet, Scott realizes that his traumatic past is more difficult to escape than any handcuffs and that life itself is the ultimate deathtrap.
I think it’s a fantastic book — really funny but also heartbreaking — that reboots one of the classic superheroes invented by Jack Kirby in the 1970s.
I’ll definitely be adding it to the syllabus next time I teach this class. If you’re looking for continued reading along the lines of what we read this semester, check it out and then let me know what you think of it!