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    November 19, 2018 12:10 am Your analysis of MM, which I hadn’t put together on my own, seems right to me, but your summarizing Oberon’s comments as, you’re a comics character so it doesn’t make any difference, seems unduly dismissive of comics. Scott Free describes looking at his son and realizing that Scott is the latest in a long line of fathers, and his son will be followed by a long line of sons, a scene that immediately echoes Kirby (Scott Free’s real father) as Oberon speaking to Scott Free and also, of course, Tom King: “All those crises and continuities that never really make sense. That world full of superheroes who always end up hunky-dory? You think that’s more real than that wife of yours? That kid?” So, yeah, that work you obsess over isn’t as important as your family. But then Kirby, Tom King’s ancestor, adds (quoting the real Kirby, of course): “Kid, this, all this, it’ll break your heart. Can’t escape that. But if you’re good, if you stay good, you’ll know. . .” So comics do matter, and although Tom King is just one person in the middle of a long line of comics creators, and a long line of parents and children, he’s not irrelevant. He’s here now. This is his time. The dark side is still here, but so are we. And so, for that matter, is Scott Free. “This ‘Mister Miracle’ series will not be continued”—I assume it’s not canon—but it’s in the middle of a long line, too, and there will be successors.