Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Greatest Show Off Earth

"The Greatest Show Off Earth" from Mister Miracle vol.1 #11 (DC, 1972) by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer
I didn't become a big fan of Mister Miracle through the original Kirby comics which were before my time, but rather through his membership in Justice League International (more on that tomorrow), but going back to them in my old age, it's probably my favorite of the Fourth World books (Jimmy Olsen is right on its heels though). The whole idea behind a Messianic escape artist who preaches freedom through deeds is incredible, and I love that he's married to Big Barda, a reformed Fury and (essentially) freed slave who towers over him in both stature and power. This unlikely couple easily fits into a list of comics' greatest couples. Crazy visuals, a willingness to toy with the basic premise (bringing in an apprentice Mister Miracle, for example), and Oberon (OMG OBERON!)... All of which reminds me I never finished ready my Fourth World Omnibi. Maybe this summer!

3 comments:

  1. Great one! I need to read the Fourth World saga again soon.

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  2. I was introduced to Scott and Barda and Oberon in the old JLI as well...and gosh darn it, I loved them.

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  3. Beautiful Kirby artwork, and his Fourth World genre is a true classic.

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