My latest comic review got me thinking about comics history: When Jack Kirby left the halls of Marvel Comics at the dawn of the 70s, the King was welcomed soundly at what his partner Stan used to call ‘The Distinguished Competition’. His first foray into the DCU burst out of that pages of ‘Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen’ of all places, but quickly set itself apart from anything seen on the comics page before. Though there were forays by Darkseid into the greater DCU (a JLA/JSA summer crossover, the original Crisis On Infinite Earths and others), the Fourth World stayed relatively separate from the likes of Superman and his ilk until Cosmic Odyssey in 1988. Since that time, though, Darkseid, his friends, enemies and various sons have been front and center throughout the DCU, ending the world in the Final Crisis and, most recently, helping to launch a new world as the center of the beginnings of the new 52. With so much Darkseid in the last fifteen years, there has naturally been some backlash among fans that the Lord of Apokalips is overexposed, leading to diminishing returns, which begs today’s Kirbylicious query.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) loves Mister Miracle as much (or more) than my own siblings, asking: Does DC editorial need to let the Fourth World characters rest for a bit?