After a month-long hiatus, one of DC’s biggest recent critical smashes returns, as Mister Miracle #9, the Eisner-nominated limited series by Tom King and Mitch Gerads enters its home stretch and final four issues!

When we last left the saga of Scott and Barda, we were treated to a juxtaposition of how Mister Miracle tackles both the ongoing war with Apokolips (and his role as the new Highfather) and his duties as an actual father to his and Barda’s child. It was a bit of a reprieve from the ongoing pummeling of the darker nature of this ennui-inflected series.

But now, it’s time for the war to possibly, maybe come to a close, and we find Mister Miracle and Kalibak coming face to face to negotiate…it’s really more a question of when things will go wrong than if. We’ll find out soon, as Mister Miracle #9 releases this coming Wednesday (6/13). The Beat has an exclusive preview:

After war comes peace. The bloody battles that waged across New Genesis and Apokolips have come to an end, and now Mister Miracle and Kalibak must sit down and discuss a truce. Can Scott Free trust the former minions of Darkseid to keep their word? Not likely, but a leader sometimes has to take a risk in service to the greater good. Perhaps the more pressing question, though, is whether Big Barda can make it through the negotiations without beating the life out of the assassin Kanto.