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And Then I Read: MISTER MIRACLE #12

Image © DC Comics. Written by Tom King, , art and colors by Mitch Gerads, letters by Clayton Cowles, cover by Nick Derington.

The final issue of this series wraps things up, but also leaves many things unclear. Scott Free and Big Barda have a quiet domestic life with their son and soon a daughter in a condo in Los Angeles. Funky Flashman, the one-time Stan Lee parody created by Jack Kirby, is their babysitter. They apparently commute by Boom Tube to Apokolips, where they take on Darkseid’s minions for control now that Darkseid has been defeated. In this issue, the ghosts or digital hallucinations of the many characters who have died in this series talk to Scott about his life, his choices, and what his actual reality might be. Nothing is clear. Did he succeed in committing suicide in issue #1, making all this an afterlife experience? Is he trapped on Apokolips dreaming of his family life? Is he in hell or in heaven? Those are all possible answers. Scott’s answer remains, “I can always escape.” And no doubt he can and will escape into another reality in the future, in which this entire series will be largely ignored. Kind of frustrating, but that’s comics for you. I had hoped for more of a resolution, but I did enjoy reading each issue of the series, including this one.


Eight Years Running


Today is the eighth anniversary of this blog, and we nearly didn’t make it. A few months ago continuing difficulties with my previous web host were taking up way too much of my time, and I was considering pulling the plug, but I’m now on a new web host that seems to be working fine for me, so on we go. One problem is, after eight years of near daily entries, some quite long, the data size of the blog is several gigabytes, a lot in website storage terms. There have been 2612 blog posts so far, and though only a few dozen get the majority of the traffic, random searches do add to the load. So far the new host is handling it all well.

I plan to continue, and hope to bring more content-filled posts in the future. A new three-part logo study begins here Sunday, and I’m working on several comics history projects that will eventually appear when finished. It’s hard to find time for the good stuff, but I work on it when I can. Thanks for reading, hope to see you here again soon!

Website stuff

Sorry for no new posts the last few days. I’ve been in the process of moving my website (and this blog) to a new host since Saturday, and didn’t want to try posting anything during that time. I think everything is now stable and working correctly on my new host, SiteGround, but let me know if you find any problems. I know there are probably some broken links on the actual website pages, as opposed to the blog because I haven’t updated those pages much in a few years, but let me know if you hit one there or anywhere. Thanks.