Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mitch Gerads
Release Date: 9th August 2017
Ok folks, let’s kick this review off with a quick run-down:
Tom King? Check.
On a 12 issue series? Check.
With a legitimately world-class artist? Check.
About Mister goddamn Miracle? Yeah, that’s another big check.
Now I don’t say this lightly, but this is the best single issue I’ve read in recent memory. And I could comfortably leave this review at that. It’s that good. I mean, think of the best single-issue you’ve read (not written by Tom King, so Vision doesn’t count). Got one in mind? Yeah, this one’s better than that.
I’m going to try and sell you on this without really telling you anything about the actual story, because going in blind made this an absolute joy.
King has crafted a story that is rooted in the modern day. With a “real life” issue that hits particularly close to home, Scott Free tries to escape the one thing no one else has been able to: Death. With genuine and heart-wrenching emotion being poured out onto every page and perfectly fitting dialogue which manages to say a lot with very little, King has created yet another series that hits you right where it hurts, and you want to thank him for it.
Mitch Gerads is my new favourite artist. I mean, he kind of already was, but this is a whole other level.
Encapsulating the feel and tone of ‘80s Vertigo (y’know, the best Vertigo) it’s a match made in heaven with King’s writing. Using the old school nine panel layout for the majority of the issue gives it a nice throwback vibe, but from a design perspective, every page is visually stunning. The character design, the layouts, the linework, the subtlety of it, and the minimalist approach and the muted colour palette all combine to make the perfect package.
Honestly though, I really can’t say enough about how good this is. Just go buy it, okay?
Rating: 5/5 (although Infinity/5 would probably be more like it)
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