'Mister Miracle,' Jack Kirby's Classic Superhero Escape Artist, to Return

Mister Miracle Illustration - Publicity - H 2017
Courtesy of Mitch Gerads/DC Entertainment
The new comic book series will be written and drawn by the creative team behind 'The Sheriff of Babylon.'

The greatest escape artist in comics is about to make his latest — and greatest — comeback, with the announcement that DC Entertainment will bring Jack Kirby's beloved Mister Miracle back for a new series launching this summer.

Written by Tom King with art by Mitch Gerads, the creative team behind the critically acclaimed The Sheriff of Babylon, the new Mister Miracle takes the series in existential new directions. "Mister Miracle is the story of a trapped man who can get out of any trap," King said in a statement from the publisher. "It's about the weird that surrounds us now, that seems to push into every aspect of our being, that leaves us questioning the very foundations of our existence: How did I get into this and how the hell do I get out?"

The writer said that Mister Miracle, his third collaboration with Gerads (In addition to Sheriff, the two have worked together on King's current Batman series), was "the most ambitious project I've ever worked on," adding, "Mitch and I asked ourselves if we could do something as good as Sandman, Preacher or New Frontier, which are transcendent, contained stories that comment upon the times in which they were made. We knew we'd be stupid to think we could, but we'd be more stupid not to try."

The series will be the third launch from DC featuring characters created by Kirby this year, following Kamandi Challenge and Bug!: The Adventures of Forager; Aug. 28, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Kirby's birth. A fourth such series — New Challengers, based on Kirby's 1957 creation Challengers of the Unknown — will begin in December.

Mister Miracle begins in August.