SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Mister Miracle #11, by Tom King, Mitch Gerads and Clayton Cowles, on sale now.
What on Earth (or should we say New Genesis?) is going on in the pages of Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle?
Ever since the 12-issue limited series kicked off last year, we’ve been led to believe that something is off in the world of Scott Free, and that, perhaps, his reality is anything but real. That once again begs the question, though: What exactly is going on?
In Mister Miracle #11, it’s implied that everything we’ve witnessed thus far has been orchestrated by Metron, taking place in another world, or a dimension just outside of the main DC Universe. However, while the Mobius Chair would certainly give Metron the ability to pull off such a scheme, what’s his motivation? Is it simply to test Scott’s merit by placing him in the most elaborate trap of all time?
Speaking of elaborate traps, we’d be remiss if we didn’t revisit Issue #7, where it was teased that Scott and Barda’s son Jacob is actually The Lump, or that The Lump was at least involved in some capacity.
Created by Jack Kirby, the creature known as The Lump first appeared in 1972’s Mister Miracle #7, forged by Granny Goodness as a means of finally trapping Mister Miracle for good with its immense psychic powers. After being hooked up to The Lump, Scott found himself trapped in a false reality that the creature was in complete control over, but he was able to escape by showing it its own hideous reflection and driving it mad.
Of course, bringing back The Lump would certainly help explain why Scott’s life has felt so familiar, yet foreign. However, there’s also the distinct possibility that we aren’t witnessing Scott’s “life” at all.
In Issue #1, we were introduced to a Scott Free far removed from any past incarnations of the character -- a Scott Free who had just attempted suicide. As the issue progressed, the question arose as to whether Scott actually succeeded in escaping death, and perhaps that question is every bit as valid now as it was then. Did Scott Free escape death, or have these past 11 issues been an intimate examination of the World’s Greatest Escape Artist’s own personal limbo?
There’s one more possibility worth exploring, though; one that’s far grander in scale.
What if the events of Mister Miracle are essentially the final pre-Flashpoint story? What if we’re witnessing how Scott’s life would have progressed, had Barry Allen not gone back in time, and had a higher power (presumably Watchmen's Doctor Manhattan) not stolen a decade from the DC Universe?
If Mister Miracle takes place in the pre-New 52 DCU, then it’s possible that Metron, who has the ability to travel between dimensions with the Mobius Chair, ventured there to bring Scott into the current, post-Rebirth DCU. If that’s the case, though, it would mean Mister Miracle – a series so far removed from the main DCU – is actually an integral part of the ongoing Rebirth plot thread, which, while possible, doesn’t seem as likely.
Whatever the case may be, it appears we’re still left with far more questions than answers, and until Mister Miracle #12 hits stands on October 24, that’s par for the course.