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Tom King Discusses New Mister Miracle Book

The writer for the upcoming New God book talks about his process and how New Gods inspired Star Wars.

Mister Miracle may not be a household name when it comes to DC characters, especially since he's part of Fourth World, which casual fans may not be familiar with; however, little do most people know, the inhabitants of that world, the New Gods, helped inspire the world of Star Wars. One of the New Gods, Mister Miracle--the master escape artist who was created by Jack Kirby--is getting his own mini-series, debuting this week, and it's written by none other than Tom King (Batman, Vision).

King has a knack for developing memorable, engaging stories around underrated and underappreciated characters like 2015's Omega Men for DC and 2016's Vision for Marvel. The writer is now taking on Mister Miracle, but he has to be tight-lipped about the overall idea for the book: "I can't give you the pitch for Mister Miracle, which is a stupid thing for a guy who's pitching things to the media to say," King told GameSpot. "I did a book called Vision, and the pitch for Vision was super easy. It was 'Breaking Bad Vision.' It's just about a robot that goes bad, but I couldn't tell you that beforehand because that's the mystery of the whole thing. And the same thing applies for Mister Miracle; there's a very easy pitch to what Mister Miracle is, but I can't tell you because it's a spoiler."

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Legendary creator Jack Kirby's work on the New Gods back in the '70s has inspired a generation of creators in their work: "It's the inspiration for Star Wars. It's where Star Wars came from. The bad guy's literally named Darkseid, like the dark side of the force," King explained. "So if you just think of it as Star Wars, it's that big epic opera that inspired Star Wars. The idea to use that bigness and make a personal story about a man sort of falling apart appealed to me. And Mister Miracle himself appealed to me because Mister Miracle is a super escape artist. That's his power. He escapes from things. And like I was saying before, it feels a little bit like we're trapped in something right now, and we can't get out. And the idea of working with a guy who's an escape god, he's an escape god who can't break out of a trap."

King did say that he and artist Mitch Gerads wanted to created a comic that reflected the times: "We had our next project, and we looked at Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, and New Frontier, like these great self-contained stories that were not only good comics, but they were good literature," King continued. "They reflected the time. They said something. Watchmen says something about the '80s. Dark Knight Returns says something about the '80s. New Frontier says something about the '90s. And we're like, 'Can we do that?' And the answer is no. But we'd be stupid not to try, right? It would be stupid to give up the ambition because we found ourselves sort of in a moment of insanity. We found ourselves in this moment where you wake up every day, and the world doesn't make sense anymore.

"The rules I was raised with don't apply to current reality. And so we wanted to write a book about that, about this moment. Something that could be as good as Watchmen and that could sort of reflect our times in a book. So that's what it's about. It's about the current insanity using Jack Kirby's New Gods as a metaphor for the haunting of our times."

While the New Gods aren't as a familiar concept as Superman or Batman with mainstream audiences, King went on to that they will be as the DC cinematic universe continues, as the main villain of the upcoming Justice League movie--Steppenwolf--is one of the New Gods.

What many fans find so appealing about King's work on past books is that his characters deal with a lot of relatable subjects, as King tends to put many elements from his own life into each story. "I'm a latchkey kid," explained King. "You know my dad walked out when I was seven; my mother worked 15 hour days. So I'm not from sort of a traditional kind of family, but I'm trying myself to build a traditional family and to sort of correct the mistakes. I mean we all try to correct the mistakes of our childhood, right?

"Like that's what life is basically. That's like the easiest definition I know. And I think you see that constantly in my work, sort of this idea of constructing some sort of perfection and never achieving it. Because when you're trying to do that, you're trying to create an ideal with no definition of what the ideal is. You know, you're rolling that rock up the hill--it's gonna fall and the only way to sort of escape that is to accept the inevitability of the fall.

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"That's my everyday life. That's the thing that I most care about--family and when you write, no matter what you do, you can try to escape it, but the thing you most care about--the thing that hits your soul the hardest--will always be in your work. So if you always look at my work, there's always some guy who's madly in love with his wife because I'm madly [in love] with my wife, and there's some guy who's always scared of what's going to happen to his kids because I'm scared of what's going to happen to my kids. And there's always some guy whose kind of been a little broken down by either being in a bunch of wars or a childhood because I'm a little broken because of being in a bunch of wars and my childhood, so all that stuff just leaks in too." For those wondering, Mister Miracle's wife, Big Barda, is a big part of the series, no pun intended.

Artist Mitch Gerads, who worked with King on the critically acclaimed miniseries The Sheriff of Babylon, collaborated with King on Mister Miracle: "I knew that Mitch was my favorite military artist; I had no idea he was my favorite artist artist. I didn't know he could get as good as he's gotten. And it's just, he's mind boggling. He's like one of my best friends and I'm almost scared of his talent. I don't want it to stop."

Gerads does interior art and colors on the new book, which you can check out above. Mister Miracle #1 hits comic shops on August 9. For more on Tom King, you can check out our interview about his run on Batman.

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Posted By scott_summers52

Awesome. Looking forward to this!

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For those wondering, Mister Miracle's wife, Big Barda, is a big part of the series

That's all I wanted to know, thanks.

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Posted By TVC-15

Hope it's Omega Men King an not Batman King.

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Posted By Aros001

For those wondering, Mister Miracle's wife, Big Barda, is a big part of the series

That's all I wanted to know, thanks.

No kidding. After the New 52 practically refused to let anyone have steady relationships, it's nice to see couples again that go beyond just being f**k-buddies.

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Posted By Doc-Holiday

@aros001 said:
@arieswarlock said:

For those wondering, Mister Miracle's wife, Big Barda, is a big part of the series

That's all I wanted to know, thanks.

No kidding. After the New 52 practically refused to let anyone have steady relationships, it's nice to see couples again that go beyond just being f**k-buddies.

The recent SJW parade we saw marching through comics was anti-romance. See, romance is (to use an SJW term) a "heteronormative" thing, so DC and Marvel couldn't let heterosexuality appear normal, despite the (vast) majority of the population being heterosexual. The result has been a lack of romance in comics which tends to ruin stories since nearly every great action/adventure story has romance; Robin Hood had Maid Marian, Indiana Jones had numerous women, Han Solo had Princess Lea, Superman had Lois, Spiderman had Mary Jane.

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Posted By SavageGhost

This has been my most anticipated book from DC for a while now. Always loved the character and I'm excited to see his relationship with Orion explored. Most Importantly though, Tom King's writing style has been both distinct and inspiring (in my opinion, of course).

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@doc-holiday said:
@aros001 said:
@arieswarlock said:

For those wondering, Mister Miracle's wife, Big Barda, is a big part of the series

That's all I wanted to know, thanks.

No kidding. After the New 52 practically refused to let anyone have steady relationships, it's nice to see couples again that go beyond just being f**k-buddies.

The recent SJW parade we saw marching through comics was anti-romance. See, romance is (to use an SJW term) a "heteronormative" thing, so DC and Marvel couldn't let heterosexuality appear normal, despite the (vast) majority of the population being heterosexual. The result has been a lack of romance in comics which tends to ruin stories since nearly every great action/adventure story has romance; Robin Hood had Maid Marian, Indiana Jones had numerous women, Han Solo had Princess Lea, Superman had Lois, Spiderman had Mary Jane.

Jesus, we can't go one thread without something being some SJW plot, nah, it can't ever be bad writers or bad executive decision, no it's always some secret agenda.

God, I hope all of this shit dies when the decade ends.

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Posted By sesquipedalophobe

@tvc-15: Whenever some random guy writes SJW in a senseless rant, just ask him if he woke up on the wrong side of the friendzone/fedora today.

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Posted By Owie

I have never followed Mister Miracle before, but his Vision was one of my favorite series ever, and he's also done a great job on Batman, so I'm looking forward to checking this out.

Also, it's nice to see the front page be a little more active recently. Nice article.

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Posted By Doc-Holiday

@tvc-15 said:
@doc-holiday said:
@aros001 said:
@arieswarlock said:

For those wondering, Mister Miracle's wife, Big Barda, is a big part of the series

That's all I wanted to know, thanks.

No kidding. After the New 52 practically refused to let anyone have steady relationships, it's nice to see couples again that go beyond just being f**k-buddies.

The recent SJW parade we saw marching through comics was anti-romance. See, romance is (to use an SJW term) a "heteronormative" thing, so DC and Marvel couldn't let heterosexuality appear normal, despite the (vast) majority of the population being heterosexual. The result has been a lack of romance in comics which tends to ruin stories since nearly every great action/adventure story has romance; Robin Hood had Maid Marian, Indiana Jones had numerous women, Han Solo had Princess Lea, Superman had Lois, Spiderman had Mary Jane.

Jesus, we can't go one thread without something being some SJW plot, nah, it can't ever be bad writers or bad executive decision, no it's always some secret agenda.

God, I hope all of this shit dies when the decade ends.

Don't blame me. Blame the past 4 or 5 years of Marvel gender and race swapping major characters, hiring tumblr blog writers and crappy artists all to earn some cheap PR points. DC hasn't done it as much but they're not entirely blameless.

Nearly all the Avengers have been replaced by bland gender/race swapped characters with little to no personality and political agendas are crammed down the readers throat in nearly every comic. Some comics practically (metaphorically) shoot themselves in the foot, just to make a point; in an issue of Ms. Marvel, Kamala's brother is arrested for having powers but he is arrested while dressed like a 4th century Shepherd and carrying a pressure cooker down a public sidewalk and then spends two pages of the comic ranting about Muslims being targeted for how they look and how unfair the system is. In an issue of Wonder Woman, it opens with a white man with a shaved head entering a refugee camp in a European nation trying to rape a young Muslim woman. In an issue of Riri the new Iron Man (or whatever the hell it's called, I don't really remember, It's been a while since I read it), Riri invades a country, defeats the leader and claims to be the countries new ruler because she was convinced the country was doing illegal stuff and somehow felt she had the right to break international law and conquer a nation just to prove a point.

You don't like people talking about this? Too bad. It isn't just comics either, it's spreading to the movies now too; Spider-man Homecoming had a Burger King's Kid Club of diversity crammed down the viewers throat along with numerous SJW style lines that brought the move to a grinding halt, Dr. Strange saw one of the biggest characters in the story race swapped just to make sure Marvel could still make money in China and now Thor: Ragnarok is going to race swap Brunnhilde aka Valkyrie.

The answer to all this will be, most likely, something akin to "then just don't buy the comics", which I don't. I won't explain how but I do read the comics without purchasing the garbage that is Marvel and to a lesser extent DC. The simple fact is, very few people are buying comics for much the same reasons I have listed and yet the comics are still being printed. Comics that have such pathetic sales are being allowed to run while fans are alienated and for some, insulted by the people who make up these companies as numerous twitter accounts show.

My point is not to show some strange, vast conspiracy but the degradation of quality and the allowance of it over the past few years.

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@aros001 said:
@arieswarlock said:

For those wondering, Mister Miracle's wife, Big Barda, is a big part of the series

That's all I wanted to know, thanks.

No kidding. After the New 52 practically refused to let anyone have steady relationships, it's nice to see couples again that go beyond just being f**k-buddies.

The recent SJW parade we saw marching through comics was anti-romance. See, romance is (to use an SJW term) a "heteronormative" thing, so DC and Marvel couldn't let heterosexuality appear normal, despite the (vast) majority of the population being heterosexual. The result has been a lack of romance in comics which tends to ruin stories since nearly every great action/adventure story has romance; Robin Hood had Maid Marian, Indiana Jones had numerous women, Han Solo had Princess Lea, Superman had Lois, Spiderman had Mary Jane.

I greatly disagree that the anti-romance and anti-marriage waves were because of SJW pandering. They didn't get rid of Spider-Man's and Superman's marriage because they weren't gay enough to be interesting. They got rid of the marriages because the companies wanted to stagnate the characters's histories and keep them as marketable as possible, and what's more marketable that being able to ship Spider-Man and Superman with random hot characters other than their longtime loves?

Plus the SJW argument doesn't really work when DC wasn't going to let Batwoman, their big name lesbian superhero, get married either for the same reasons they weren't going to let Clark and Lois or Arthur and Mera be married.

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Posted By TVC-15

@doc-holiday:

I honest have to ask: do you pre write your posts, because you always do this? You always go on these tangents that have little to do with the thread at hand, and sometimes very little with your previous post. Now, your original jump on point was about "hetronormative" coupling being depleted in the comicsphere, but you seems to have immediately dropped that point in your rant, maybe because it's a particularly silly point to make,seeing as there has never been a shortage of heterosexual parings in comics especially in direct comparison to the homosexual ones.

As for your actually tangent, it honestly feels like more of the same selective memory that comicfans tend to have when looking at modern storylines. Comics have always been predominately left mediums, and its story has always reflected that mindscape. Almost all your examples have some precedence in comics. For example

Ms. Marvel, Kamala's brother is arrested for having powers but he is arrested while dressed like a 4th century Shepherd and carrying a pressure cooker down a public sidewalk and then spends two pages of the comic ranting about Muslims being targeted for how they look and how unfair the system is.

So? There's a pretty good Superman from 1990 story called The Sinbad Contract with a pretty similar premise. Lex Luthor uses prejudice against Muslim to have a young boy and his sister killed so he could receive a powerbelt. It had all the fixing that'd trigger modern readers. It wasn't a problem then, but it'd be now I guess.

In an issue of Wonder Woman, it opens with a white man with a shaved head entering a refugee camp in a European nation trying to rape a young Muslim woman.

Okay? Do you think this is the first time a skin head has been depicted or depicted as bad in a comic? Do I have to actually go though examples?

n an issue of Riri the new Iron Man (or whatever the hell it's called, I don't really remember, It's been a while since I read it), Riri invades a country, defeats the leader and claims to be the countries new ruler because she was convinced the country was doing illegal stuff and somehow felt she had the right to break international law and conquer a nation just to prove a point.

Third best run of Fantastic Four, Waid's, from the early 2000's has a story arc with literally ALL OF THIS.

Look I'm not saying these newer stories or developments are good or bad or anything. All I'm saying is that they've always had a presence in the genre. Honestly Superhero comics have a very blatant and vivid history of being propaganda for kids. It has always been politically change, bias, and blantant. I'll concede to the idea that the current crop of writers do have a big problem with the concept of subtly, but the "SJW"ness you moan over has always has always been there.

. I won't explain how but I do read the comics without purchasing the garbage that is Marvel and to a lesser extent DC. The simple fact is, very few people are buying comics for much the same reasons I have listed and yet the comics are still being printed. Comics that have such pathetic sales are being allowed to run while fans are alienated and for some, insulted by the people who make up these companies as numerous twitter accounts show.

Comics sales actually are actually steadily growing.

Estimated OVERALL North American Market size, including both print and digital estimates by Comichron and ICV2.comDIGITAL sales for Comics (not counting subscription services) in North America, as calculated by ICV2.com (est.):
2011$715 million$25 million
2012$805 million
$70 million
2013$870 million
$90 million
2014$935 million
$100 million
2015$1.03 billion
$90 million
2016$1.085 billion$90 million

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Posted By righteous300

I already know I'm going to have to camp outside the store to get a copy of this.

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Posted By Sly_141

God Bless DC

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Posted By The Impersonator

It's a miracle!

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Posted By lvenger

There's a lot of hype for King's take on the New Gods. Hopefully it lives up to it.

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Posted By Astropunk

I just hope it leads to more solo books featuring the New Gods. I know YA is doing Bug but i haven't heard much about it.

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@tvc-15: Yeah, it's all just coincidence. All of it.

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/legends-of-tomorrow-muslim-superhero-trump-1202514211/

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http://www.cbr.com/no-diversity-didnt-kill-marvels-comic-sales/

https://moviepilot.com/p/marvel-comics-sales-figures-freefall-why/4225617

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/05/the-real-reasons-for-marvel-comics-woes/527127/

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Posted By HeirToTheKingdom

I'll read anything with the New Gods.

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Posted By _Reynard_

Wait. I have a theory. The reason why Barda's eyes aren't blue is because he's dead at that point.

Orion somehow went to the afterlife and kicked the shit out of him because he's angry he killed himself. Barda said "he's dealing with it.". Dealing with what?

I'm so pumped for this series. I've been wanting to read Mister Miracle since Darkseid War.

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Posted By elongatedman

I feel this comic book will be good as Animal-Man (Morrison).

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Posted By NightFang3

This site needs a block button for all the stupid comments i'm seeing in this thread.

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Entered thread curious about the book, left thread, bemused. Jesus, is it possible just to enjoy something without a bloody manifesto attached to it? Damn.

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Posted By righteous300

Reading this book made me realize that DC really needs to do better at pushing and fleshing out their 4th world characters. So much potential with New Genesis and Apokolips constantly being at war. Took a look at DCs Facebook page and it would blow your mind at how many people think Mister Miracle is a new character and that he's as copy of Iron Man.

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@aros001 said:
@arieswarlock said:

For those wondering, Mister Miracle's wife, Big Barda, is a big part of the series

That's all I wanted to know, thanks.

No kidding. After the New 52 practically refused to let anyone have steady relationships, it's nice to see couples again that go beyond just being f**k-buddies.

Im confused. Didnt Barda go over to Darkseid and Fury was with Miracle???

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Mister Miracle #1 was really good. I'm looking forward to the upcoming issues. Is it monthly?

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Posted By SP4RT4N

I liked parts of Omega Men (Kyle as the Omega Lantern), and what I've read of his Batman I've enjoyed. As soon as I heard about this I was excited. I'm a bit confused though as Orion has his classic look while Miracle's is still somewhat updated (but not to the extreme like Darksied War). Aren't there supposed to be editors for this?

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Posted By rahiem9123

Really solid comic so far.Great first issue with tons of setup Way too early to say much more, but it's clearly better than average.

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Posted By Bezza1969

Great to see Orion back in the DC stories! I've got a copy of the huge HC book on Walter Simonsen's Orion run and he's a favourite character of mine who is criminally underused. I don't know so much about Mister Miracle...

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Posted By entropy_aegis

Yes hopefully King uses Morrison's interpretation of Darkseid and ignores everything else, certainly seems like it for now.

I dont want to look at babyseid or other crappy versions of Darkseid ever.

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Posted By Farkam

Uh, this was okay...

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Posted By The Stegman

I'm am so incredibly behind on comics...one more to add to the list...

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@sp4rt4n said:

I liked parts of Omega Men (Kyle as the Omega Lantern), and what I've read of his Batman I've enjoyed. As soon as I heard about this I was excited. I'm a bit confused though as Orion has his classic look while Miracle's is still somewhat updated (but not to the extreme like Darksied War). Aren't there supposed to be editors for this?

From the first issue it was pretty much sort of obvious that Mr. Miracle was sort of trapped in some illusion, i think that's the reason why, since we have already seen N52 variation of Orion in recent Hal Jordan and Green Lanterns comic.

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Posted By StormShadow_X

@farkam said:

Uh, this was okay...

Whooo someone else who thinks this. Maybe I'm missing something but it wasn't really that great wasn't bad but okay sums it up.

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Posted By lolbatmanisgei

This was great. Also hasn't Barda always been portrayed as taller than Scott?

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Posted By vinomonster

Mister Miracle #1 was really good. I'm looking forward to the upcoming issues. Is it monthly?

Yep 12 issue mini series

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Posted By davidgrantlloyd

First issue was really cool. Looking forward to the next.