Batman writer Tom King and his Sheriff of Babylon co-creator artist Mitch Gerads are teaming up for Mister Miracle, a 12-issue series starring the New Gods' Scott Free - and inspired by King's own brush with death.
King explained to Paste his near-death experience, believing he was suffering a heart attack that turned out to be a panic attack.
“I’d flirted with the edge of death and came back from it, and I woke up and the whole world seemed different. I don’t mean this in a political way, but the world as it is today - what’s happening every single day - doesn’t seem to make any sense. And that can be as simple as the Super Bowl didn’t make sense. Or it can be as crazy as people are breaking laws in our country that shouldn’t ever be broken."
Created as part of the Fourth World by Jack Kirby and based roughly on Jim Steranko, Mister Miracle was born on the planet New Genesis before being sent to Apokolips as part of a peace treaty between the warring planets. Through his upbringing on Apokolips, he developed the skills to escape any trap, no matter how deadly or dangerous. But King isn't attempting to ape Kirby's work, he's recontextualizing Mister Miracle for the modern day.
"In going back and reading all of Kirby, you’re dipping your head in genius," King explained. "No one can out-Kirby Kirby. You can’t make an epic as great as he did. It’s like trying to make Star Wars again, or like trying to rewrite The Iliad. You can take those grand cosmic space opera themes and internalize them and use them to tell a very personal story. That’s what appealed to me about it. We were going to take the bigness of Kirby and turn that into the intimacy of Mister Miracle’s life. Kirby used a metaphor for his time, written in the late ‘60s early ‘70s when the world was going utterly insane. We’re going to use it as a metaphor for our time, the late 2010s, when once again the world is going insane. It’s almost like we’re holding up a mirror to that work, or internalizing it. We’re going step-in-step with him."
Mister Miracle #1 is expected to be released in August. You can view the first interior pages right here.