Jack “King” Kirby’s creations are legion, from the Fantastic Four to Goody Rickles, but few grab me quite like Mister Miracle.
With an impossible design and color scheme that has no business working as well as it does, Mister Miracle is one of the most instantly compelling character’s from Kirby’s 4th World. As the son of New Genesis’ Highfather, raised on Darkseid’s Apokolips under the care of Granny Goodness, Mister Miracle’s origin is full of contradiction and mythological proportion.
Below you’ll find a complete guide to the comics of DC’s Mister Miracle, including his marriage to Big Barda, and the all-time great 12-issue solo series during DC Rebirth by Tom King and Mitch Gerads. My personal picks are labeled with the Comic Book Herald logo!
Related Reading Orders:
Mister Miracle Comics Reading Order
Collects: Mister Miracle #1 To #18
Collects: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #133-139 And #141-148, The Forever People #1-11, The New Gods #1-11, Mister Miracle #1-18, New Gods #1-6, Dc Graphic Novel #4: The Hunger Dogs, Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory Of The Dc Universe #2-3, #6, #8-18, #20, #22 And #25
Note that the 18 issues of Mister Miracle included in the Omnibus edition are the same as the above collection featuring only Kirby’s work on Mister Miracle. For the context of where Mister Miracle fits in Jack Kirby’s complete early 70’s 4th World narrative, I recommend checking out the Comic Book Herald guide to Kirby’s 4th World.
For my money, the Mister Miracle solo series is quite readable on its own terms, but there’s no question that blending the tale of Scott Free, Big Barda, and Oberon with the exploits of Orion or the Forever People adds to the thrill.
Note that the later, substantially more uneven issues of Mister Miracle (from about issue #12 to #18) do feature the origins of Shilo Norman.
Collects: Dc Comics Presents #12
Collects: The Brave And The Bold #112, 128, 138
Mister Miracle and the Justice League
Collects: Justice League #1-6 And Justice League International #7
Following DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths, Mister Miracle becomes a regular member of DC’s Justice League (soon to be Justice League International).
Collects: Justice League Annual #1, Justice League International #8-13 And Suicide Squad #13
Collects: Justice League International #14-22
Collects: Justice League International #23-25 And Justice League America #26-30
Collects: Justice League Europe #1 To #6
Collects: Justice League America #31-35 And Justice League Europe #7-11
Collects: Mister Miracle #1 To #28
Collects: Adventures Of Superman #432-435, Action Comics #592-593 And Superman #9-10
In one of his more questionable storylines, “Man of Steel” architect John Byrne brought together a brainwashed Superman and Big Barda to shoot a porno. Needless to say, Mister Miracle is less than thrilled.
Mister Miracle From The Late 90’s Through The 2000’s
Collects: Mister Miracle #1 To #7
Collects: Mister Miracle Special, Jack Kirby’S Fourth World #2-20, And Orion #3-4, #6-8, #10, #12, #15, #18-19
Worth noting that the “Mister Miracle Special” included here was written by Mark Evanier, and intended as an introduction to the 1989 series launch.
Collects: Orion #1-25 And Stories From Jack Kirby’S Fourth World #9-11 And 13
Well worth a read despite the loose Mister Miracle connections (he’s not a major player for most of the series!
Collects: Joker’s Last Laugh #1 to #6
Shilo Norman plays a supporting role throughout the crossover event. This one’s for the true Shilo diehards only!
Collects: Formerly Known As The Justice League #1 To #6
Collects: Seven Soldiers #0-1, Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight #1-4, Seven Soldiers: Guardian #1-4, Seven Soldiers: Zatanna #1-4, Seven Soldiers: Klarion The Witch Boy #1-4, Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle #1-4, Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #1-4 And Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein #1-4
Collects: Death Of The New Gods #1 To #8
Collects: Final Crisis #1 to #7
Far from a major Mister Miracle story, but both Scott and Shilo do make cameos.
Collects: Brightest Day tie-ins (featuring Shilo Norman)
DC Rebirth Era Mister Miracle
Collects: Darkseid Special #1, The Black Racer And Shilo Norman #1, The New Gods #1, The Newsboy Legion And The Boy Commandos Special #1, The Sandman Special #1 And Manhunter Special #1
Collects: Dark Days: The Forge #1 And Dark Days: The Casting #1, Final Crisis #6-7, The Return Of Bruce Wayne #1, Batman #38-39, Nightwing #17
The prelude issue Dark Days: The Forge also features a very cool Mister Miracle appearance.
Collects: Mister Miracle#1-12
Easily one of the best comics of 2018, and conceivably one of the best comics of the 2000’s. By Tom King and Mitch Gerads.