Opinion: How DC’s Mister Miracle Helped Me Confront Fatherhood

Warning: this article contains spoilers for all 12 issues of Mister Miracle!

When it debuted last year, Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle seemed to be a story about master escape artist Scott Free confronting the one trap he can’t outwit: death itself. Even as Scott joined in on a massive cosmic war between the rival worlds of New Genesis and Apokolips, he faced the prospect that his very reality is a lie. At a certain point, readers are left to question if the entire series is some sort of fevered hallucination generated by the mind of a dying god.

The series reached a major turning point midway through, however. Scott abruptly learns in issue #6 that his wife Big Barda is expecting, which hit home to me: this spring, my wife very matter-of-factly informed me she was pregnant with our first child as we were driving home from the grocery store one afternoon.

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