I feel it is protected to say we’re formally getting into the house stretch of MISTER MIRACLE as we spherical out issue #8. There are 4 extra points left, and…nicely, now that we’re over the midway level, issues are wanting each extra and fewer bleak than regular.
But what did you actually anticipate? There is formally a child within the combine now, and meaning the stakes have critically skyrocketed now that an toddler’s well-being is on the road. So, it is a good factor Funky Flashman is on the—
Okay, yeah. That’s an entire factor too, is not it? The final time we noticed Funky, he was on the receiving end of what looked like a killing blow care of Barda’s mega rod. If you are something like me, you in all probability TOTALLY missed the truth that he wasn’t one of many unfortunate people to be crammed into the incinerator after the very fact—he is truly proven behind each Scott and Barda in the beginning of issue #6 in some type of life help machine, one thing I did not decide up in any respect till I went again and reread that difficulty at the moment. So Funky is not lifeless in any case, and he does not appear to be all that bothered by his tried homicide. In reality, he is again on his ft and dealing as Scott and Barda’s nanny.
I will be utterly trustworthy. I had myself virtually totally satisfied that Funky was truly a figment of Scott’s creativeness the identical approach Oberon was—or perhaps even Metron was—again in these early points. It took Barda speaking to him over the Mother Box for me to utterly purchase that Scott hadn’t simply completely misplaced it (bleak as that sounds).
But because it appears proper now, Funky is in a single piece and fortunately serving the brand new Highfather and not using a care on the planet—which is, regardless of being sometimes type of unsettling, kind of poetic in a method. It’s not arduous to inform, particularly on this difficulty, that Funky Flashman was a personality that, if not impressed by, was a minimum of influenced by Stan Lee. (I imply, the “Excelsior!” is type of a lifeless giveaway.) So, in a completely bizarre and considerably round means, there’s actually nobody higher to play caretaker to a newly invented Kirby-inspired character…particularly given how that newly invented Kirby-inspired character simply so occurs to be named Jacob, or as Funky retains calling him, Jack.
Wheels inside wheels, proper? Jack Kirby’s legacy is by no means in peril of fading out of reminiscence any time quickly, however it’s good, applicable even, to see issues come full circle like this, with Jack’s personal creations giving life to one thing new that takes his identify.
But then once more, issues won’t be all that candy or touching in the long term, contemplating how doubtful little child Jacob’s nature actually is. I do not declare to be an skilled on infants by any means, however I am fearful that no matter is occurring with Scott may need been handed right down to his child. After all, it isn’t quite common for New Gods to have youngsters and Scott and Barda’s circumstances aren’t precisely typical or at present all that nice.
Even extra urgent is the truth that, over the previous few points, time appears to truly be rushing up in a means. I’ve written about the best way time unfolds and might be manipulated throughout 9 panel grids earlier than, however instantly, with the addition of Jacob, we’re truly given a barometer for the passage of time in a way more zoomed out sense. Back in issue #7, we noticed him as a new child, however right here, throughout a single problem, we see him progress to strolling within the area of some pages. There’s a really actual clock in place now, and as a lot because it’s actually counting up as Jacob grows, I can not shake the sensation that it is also counting right down to one thing too.
Scott’s falling aside—which we have recognized for some time now—however now we will see simply how lengthy he is needed to maintain shouldering the load that is been hoisted on him. He’s like coal that’s both about to solidify right into a diamond, or to only utterly disintegrate into ash. And as a lot as I am clearly rooting for him, I am genuinely unsure how for much longer he can hold this up.