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  1. says:

    Miraculous reading This TPB edition collects the first storyarc known as A Dream of Flying featuring issues 1 4 of Miracleman originally published in chapters in the comic book Warrior 1 11 , plus additional stories The Yesterday Gambit , Cold War, Cold Warrior , Ghost Dance , along with a Behind of Scenes section with sketches, pin ups, cover variants, etc Creative Team Writer Alan Moore despicted as The Original Writer , based on characters created by Mick Anglo Illustrators Garry Leach, Alan Davis, Steve Dillon, Don Lawrence Paul Neary LIFE AND TIMES OF MIRACLEMAN Damn you, Liz, you re laughing at my life Miracleman has a long, polemic, and messy history.Way back in the good ol 50s, L Miller Son, Ltd., a British Publisher house, had a license to reprint issues of Shazam , and it was a thunderous pun intended success in England However, Fawcett Comics didn t have enough money any to keep its legal battle against DC Comics about the claim that the character of Captain Marvel was a pastiche of Superman Now both characters are property of DC Comics So, back then, with the trouble of no new issues of Shazam meant that L Miller Son didn t have any something to reprint, so to avoid going out of business, it hired Mick Anglo to create a character to replace Captain Marvel To be blunt, Mick Anglo didn t burn many neurons, since Marvelman is indeed a real pastiche of Captain Marvel, along with support characters clearly copied from Captain Marvel, Jr., Dr Sivana and Black Adam Mick Moran was a kid working as copy boy at the Daily Bugle No, not that one Yep, ol Mick Anglo didn t waste neurons at all, and he was like a walking lawsuit and after meeting an alien Astro Physicist named Guntag Borghelm, Mick Moran got superpowers flight, super strenght, invulnerability, all the good stuff and he only had to say the magic word Kimota Atomic, phonetically backwards.Soon enough he got allies Young Marvelman and Kid Miracleman, with similar powers but they have to say the magic word Marvelman Yes, as well as with Captain Marvel, Jr, it s way dumb that their magic word is part of their battlenames And their main villains were Young Nastyman, Dr Gargunza and Young Gargunza And believe it or not, this was able to sell quite good, in the UK, for 10 years 1953 1963 THE PEOPLE VS TODD MCFARLANE It s coming this way, and it s a monster But, don t be so harsh on good ol Mick Anglo, since thanks to his creation , Alan Moore was able to work on it It s clear that Alan Moore should read Marvelman when he was a kid and I m sure that he loved it, since Alan Moore s love for comic books is as big as the world and No wonder that he wanted to do something to bring back Marvelman to the pages of comics, but he knew that what works in the sunny and campy 50s and 60s wouldn t work in the dark and cynical 80s Moore loved the original Marvelman as a kid, but he wasn t a kid any, so, his angle was how to make to work a children s book to appeal to those adults that loved it too, but they aren t kids any neither, along with any other new adult reader who want to try the comic book But, it wasn t about just a simple reboot, making everything dark and violent, while dismissing any trace of its original campy origins No, Moore doesn t like the easy path Moore s genius was finding a way to keep all that campy stuff as part of the past life of the characters in the comic book, while presenting a believable and logical development of them, now living in the 80s Miracleman s take by Moore, was originally published as Marvelman , but Marvel Comics treated to sue for the use of the word Marvel in the name of the characters Now, it s part of Marvel Comics, yet another irony in the wonderful world of comics So, the character and the title went for Miracleman The title was able to tell its story, the main run by Alan Moore and later was taken by Neil Gaiman close friend of Alan Moore However, Quality Communications, the British publishing house of Miracleman, went out of business, and the copyrights of Miracleman went to a messy hell.Todd McFarlane you know, that guy who created Spawn bought the copyrights of Eclipse Comics, an American deceased publishing house, which supposedly possessed the right to publish material related to Miracleman, and based on that, McFarlane inserted the character in one of his comics, Hellspawn, along with stopping any attempt to re print Moore s Miracleman in trade paperbacks by Marvel Comics since Moore gave away for free his own rights over the character in the hope that readers would be able to read Miracleman since the printing of Quality Communications were already too rare to find.Thankfully, Neil Gaiman was working with Marvel by then maybe you heard Marvel 1602 and Gaiman engaged into a legal battle against McFarlane, which was eventually won by the good guys after demonstrate that Eclipse Comics never was owner of the copyrights of Miracleman The coast was clear again and Marvel Comics was able to re print again in TPBs the iconical run by Alan Moore of Miracleman, and thanks to that, I was able to buy them finally to add them to my collection Since I am a huge fan of Alan Moore, I was sad at some moment, thinking that I wouldn t be able to have Miracleman, a vital work of Moore s creative career.Michael Moran is an adult now, he is married, living in London and working as freelance reporter He is not hero, he doesn t have any powers However, he has an odd dream a dream of flying.Michael Moran s life soon will be an epic maelstrom of magic words, impossible powers, campy childhoods, broken families, government secrets, mad scientists, professional assassins, superpowered psychos and much Miracleman is an essential reading piece for Alan Moore s fans, but also is a smart study of the super hero genre, how it can work in the real world, and how material of the comics golden age can be adapted into modern era without losing its legacy s charm.If Watchmen was Alan Moore s answer of how a team of superheroes would really interact, and you can know how unmerciful interacting can be and how hard is to reach an effective teamwork well, In Miracleman is about how a family of superheroes would really grow up, and you can know how painful growing up can be and how easy is to reach a family feud Team It s about work Work is business Family It s about blood Blood is personal.


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    This is proto Alan Moore, in which he takes 1950 s comic conventions and tries to turn them on their ear in a smarty pants, overambitious, BIG ideas kind of way It s a matryoshka doll type of story, where ideas are nestled within ideas You keep opening the egg after egg until your left with a big, empty, dissatisfied feeling of weariness.I m not just about throwing two proverbial pigs in a gunny sack kind of comics reader I m all for smart writing in comics, but I don t need to read florid, grandiose captions written above a panel where someone just got blown to bits in an explosion It s a comic book show me, not have me read your pretentious, over cooked word play.The supplementary stories included within this package left me with the same type of headache I got after I watched Ang Lee s Hulk.


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    After an almost 20 year absence, Miracleman reappears, throwing his alter ego Mike Moran s life into chaosBack in the day, before he was Alan Moore Supreme Curmudgeon and Master of Beards, Alan Moore was simply a cutting edge comic book writer Miracleman was his ticket to the big time, before Swamp Thing, before Watchmen, before whatever it is he s doing these days besides seemingly being pissed off all the time.Miracleman started life as Marvelman, a 1950s British Captain Marvel homage ripoff Moore, Alan Davis, and some others brought him back in the pages of Warrior, a UK comic magazine How does one revive a ripoff character from the 50s and make him relevant Spectacularly That s how Moore takes essentially a kid s comic, breaks it down, and shows what superheroes might be like in real life I love how he deconstructs the Captain Marvel like hero and actually makes it believable Also, this volume nicely illustrates the carnage super heroes would create in the real world.I do have a couple gripes, though This volume is super thin for what it costs Also, I d much rather have a couple issues included instead of the Warpsmith material and the sketches, especially considering I still have a couple issues of Warrior and Miracleman lying in some dark corner of the Dan Cave The story itself is a little dated, by the writing style than the cultural references For a comic, it was pretty wordy.All things considered, Miracleman is still pretty damn good and a cool piece of 1980s comic book history Four out of five stars.


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    A god shall walk among men, thus spake Zarathustra this one walks from the technicolor innocence of the comic book 1950s into the dark and grime of the real world 1980s A meta commentary on that ridiculous, wonderful innocence, an homage and a critique as well A boy hero transforms into a bloodthirsty villain a teen hero transforms into a schlubby everyman A schlubby everyman becomes a living god a happy dream of flying is suddenly remembered But is this truly so Here be dragons, and unexplored territories at least in 1985, before Watchmen Alan Moore had his ideas and themes already perfectly formed, his darker directions already mapped out His smart deconstruction and reconstruction of comic tropes and hero archetypes never blunt his story s visceral shocks or disguise its messily emotional foundation The dialogue and narration move from angst filled realism to surreal poetry His Miracleman moves from knowable to unknowable Garry Leach s superb art moves from ambiguous waking dream to throbbing nightmare The answer to all the questions, the actual origin story amazing Out of the darkness, into darkness The dreamer dreams a dream the scientists conduct an experiment.


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    There Are Men, and the Men Mean Nothing to HimOriginally published under the title Marvelman from 1982 to 1984 in the pages of a British black and white comic book anthology called Warrior, Alan Moore s Miracleman re imagines a lighthearted, rather juvenile Captain Marvel knockoff from the 1950s for the much darker, much cynical 1980s It marks the end of the innocence for the superhero, and the beginning of the so called British Invasion of American mainstream comics From 1985 on, Marvelman would be reprinted as Miracleman in order to stave off threats of legal action from Marvel Comics for the American market.Until Moore s Marvelman came along, superhero comics had been targeted almost exclusively at children despite Marvel s promotional claims of the 1960s to be producing pop art for college hipsters They had been designed to deliver, rather than undermine, power fantasies, and the inevitable clashes between heroes and villains had always abode by the unwritten yet pleasantly familiar rules of the genre It was almost as if we were all playing a game, a game which neither side took entirely seriously In Moore s fictional world, however, there is nothing playful or pleasantly familiar or reassuring about a superhero fight There is a passion here, but not human passion There is fierce and desperate emotion, but not an emotion that we would recognize They are titans, and we will never understand the alien inferno that blazes in the furnace of their souls We will never grasp their hopes, their despair, never comprehend the blistering rage that informs each devastating blow We will never know the destiny that howls in their hearts, never know their pain, their love, their almost sexual hatred And perhaps we will be the less for that Moore s superhero has lost touch with humanity We learn that his semi mystical, Captain Marvel inspired origin is merely a computer program the military secretly installed along with the super powers The idea was to create the ultimate weapon, and to keep this weapon in check with the help of an artificial consciousness created along the lines of simplistic superhero tropes As it turns out, though, Marvelman is far too powerful to follow man made rules of any kind Out of the dark, he is coming There are walls, and he does not care about the walls There are men, and the men mean nothing to him There are snares and the snares are not worthy of his contempt Casting the superhero as a dangerously naive power fantasy we should have outgrown a long time ago, Marvelman is an early expression of Alan Moore s frustration with the comic book industry as well as with the rise of neoliberal politics To Moore s mind, the continued dominance of the superhero genre not only stifles the medium s evolution but also promotes faith in redeemers from above the kind of faith that appeared increasingly problematic at a time when Thatcherism and Reaganomics were starting to dismantle the welfare state for the sake of corporate profits.In terms of storytelling, Marvelman is still a bit of a bumpy ride it jumps around rather wildly in places, gets unnecessarily difficult here and overtly wordy there, and is generally not yet as convincingly conceived and elegantly executed as Moore s later anti superhero masterpiece Watchmen That being said, Marvelman features some of the most stunning scenes Moore has ever created, and it certainly stands head and shoulders above your typical comic book from the early 1980s What bothers me about this book is something else Couldn t Marvel Comics, the very publisher that enforced the name change from Marvelman to Miracleman in the mid 1980s, have returned to the original title and character name now that they own the rights Couldn t they have reprinted the story in its original British format instead of forcing it into the American one Couldn t they have put a few than 113 pages of actual story into a hardcover book priced at US 30 And last but not least, did they really have to digitally color the beautiful original black and white artwork by Garry Leach and Alan Davis Oh well, at least Marvelman is finally back in print


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    Miracleman is a legendary comic that s been off bookshelves and in legal limbo for many, many years Miracleman s complicated history goes back to the Golden Age when he was created as a British knockoff of the popular DC Comics Captain Marvel character who today is called Shazam , an origin which would see the character dragged through the courts for decades When arguably the most famous comics writer there s ever been, Alan Moore, came to write Miracleman at the start of his career, he managed to rejuvenate him with a fresh, bold new vision before finishing his run and passing it on to a young writer who d just started out Neil Gaiman Gaiman would never finish his run and went on to popularise another forgotten series, Sandman which he d begun the year previous to Miracleman , while the Marvelman Miracleman books would go out of print due to copyright claims though recently Marvel and Gaiman announced that Gaiman would be finally completing his Miracleman story expect it sometime in 2016 The Miracleman books have been out of print for years and have been touted as one of the greatest superhero comics ever created, from those who were lucky enough to read it Things changed a couple of years ago when the numerous legal cases were settled and Marvel emerged as the sole owner of the Miracleman comics Marvel head honcho, Joe Quesada, began to lay the groundwork for a reissuing of all of the comics by touching up the art re colouring, re inking all of the pages and, in January 2014, than 30 years after it first launched in the pages of long defunct British magazine Warrior, Alan Moore and Garry Leach s Miracleman was back in print Besides the newly restored and gorgeous artwork, Marvel agreed to Moore s request to remove his name from the new editions he would be credited only as The Original Writer So now that the first book in the series has been released, does Miracleman, Book 1 A Dream of Flying live up to the hype is it really as good as older comics readers claimed it to be In a word, yes and I say this as not much of an Alan Moore fan Taking its cue from a Silver Age comic where, in a devastating event, Miracleman is so hurt that his memory is wiped, Young Miracleman is killed and Kid Miracleman goes missing, the book opens decades later with a middle aged Michael Moran having traumatic dreams of flying through space he s forgotten that he was once Miracleman Moran is now a married freelance reporter who can t conceive a child with his wife, but, one day, while covering a nuclear power protest, he sees the word atomic backwards, says it, and transforms into Miracleman KIMOTA which is actually atomik but whatever The most striking thing when reading this 30 year old comic is how fresh it reads Check out other superhero comics from the early 80s and a great many haven t aged well Chris Claremont s clunky X Men comics are a good example But Moore s I refuse to refer to him as the pretentious Original Writer work has endured so well that it feels like it s a contemporary comic I d even say it s much better written than his recent League of Extraordinary Gentlemen books It s also amazing how he s able to cram so much story into so few pages the Miracleman issues were part of an anthology magazine so were limited to 6 8 pages and yet read like full length comics But it s the ideas and the execution that make Miracleman stand out Moore explores the fascinating duality of superheroes through Miracleman managing to impregnate his wife while his real self, Mike Moran, couldn t, and what that means to Mike, while Kid Miracleman s story is creepy beyond belief as his superhero self takes over his original identity and becomes an enormously powerful supervillain Little details like Mike and his wife discovering the extent of Miracleman s powers by purchasing comics and running through the list of other superheroes powers to see what he can and can t do make this that much of a brilliant read I wouldn t say every aspect of Moore s Miracleman works perfectly There are some bizarre side characters from the future called the Warpsmiths who talk in this hideous to read Clockwork Orange facsimile style and whose stories were so abstract that I could not follow or really care about what was happening And towards the end of the book, Moore begins to over write so the pacing of the stories drops and drops until the pages are filled with characters standing about tiresomely soliloquising The art is another aspect of the book that s amazing The credits in this book are a murderer s row of legendary comics artists Garry Leach, Alan Davis, Paul Neary and Steve Dillon Despite the varying artists, they try to maintain a consistent look to the comic though you can see bits and pieces here and there of the kind of art styles they would develop in later years Dillon s artwork though is unrecognisable from the kind he drew when he was a kid starting out on Miracleman to the artist he is today, working for Marvel Miracleman, Book 1 A Dream of Flying is definitely worth reading if you re a superhero comics fan it s smart and full of great ideas, it s entertaining and highly readable with stunning artwork and is easily one of the best Alan Moore books I ve ever read More importantly for those of us who ve been wanting to read the book for years but didn t want to pay hundreds on eBay for a copy, we now have affordable versions of the legendary classic available for the first time in decades check it out for yourself and find out why it has the reputation it does


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    So it s insane I never even heard of this series I ve been reading comics for a LONG time but some I just never heard of Buddy of mine told me this is Alan Moore s top 3 most talked about series next to V and Watchmen Well damn, I had to jump on and read it So this starts off with a very goofy 50 s superhero issue Super cheesy and what you d expect from comics written then We then flip to the 80 s and learn our hero is reborn Michael Moran thought he was just a regular dude living his life with his wife Then one day he mutters the words and becomes Miracleman Very similar to Shazam, but with this story we take some dark turns Very very dark and twisted turns Good Really dug the feel of this comic The look into superheroes and how screwed up it can become when it s all a facade for someone and he s actually an experiment of sorts The villain here is really screwed up and loved how Miracleman, the hero of the story, gets his shit wrecked so quick The lengthy dialogue for the most part actually has great moments and it s well written Bad It is long winded though Heavy on exposition and dialogue boxes might turn some away Also, the added on warpath or whatever issue is dull and stupid, skip it if you ask me Adds nothing to the main story Overall, this is a really screwed up comic in a lot of ways but I was intrigued the whole time Time to check out volume 2 and onward A 4 out of 5.


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    It s probably safe to call this the most anticipated reprint in the history of comics It took many years and many lawyers to get here, but the fabled Alan Moore and, later, Neil Gaiman take on British hero Marvelman Miracleman ah, lawsuits is finally available outside the collector s market Like so many other long time comics readers, I ve been hearing about this book for over a decade, without any opportunity to read it Now I have.In some ways, this sort of feels like a dry run for Watchmen, a deconstruction of a classic hero It isn t as polished or nuanced as Watchmen, but I never expected it to be But it is good, very good, as good as I d heard Knowing when it was published, it s obvious what a jolt this must have been at the time And it s to Moore s credit that the writing hasn t dated at all Nor, for that matter, has the art Yes, it s the writing that s earned these stories a place in comics history, but the art is also truly outstanding And is there anything better than a comic that looks as good as it reads


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    I hate Alan Moore for leaving his name off the credit box I respect his stand on never to work for Marvel or DC in fact, Miracleman was the reason Moore never worked for Marvel ever again after his stint with the publisher s UK office I just find it foolish and eccentric and exasperating.This new edition of the original collected edition now comes enhanced with the latest coloring technology and new computer lettering It also included a lot of back matter that fans would love to peruse over I love the new Marvel hardcover, forgoing the book jacket and leather and going for a design that is easier to read without worrying about creasing or damaging the jacket.The only fault that I could see, aside from entirely omitting Moore s name and crediting him as the nameless The Original Writer , was that the aspect ratio is all wrong Miracleman or as it was known in the United Kingdom as Marvelman, was originally published in a magazine format As a result, there is a lot of gaps in the top and bottom margins.Marvel deserves a lot of credit in unifying all the Marvelman Miracleman claims and rescuing it from near obscurity I am going to support them by buying the rest of these Miracleman hardcovers.Reading it, it becomes so apparent that this is the direct ancestor of all modern superhero books Moore had a great love for superhero books and his first attempt to bring legitimacy and acclaim to the genre began with this.


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    Man, was I excited to read this Miracleman is an out of print title written by Alan Moore back in the 80 s It has been caught up in bureaucratic red tape for almost 20 years It was hugely influential on a group of writers and artists when it first came out but then faded into the mists of nerdom because it simply couldn t be read.I had resigned myself to never being able to read this when I found out Marvel acquired the rights and were going to print all the Miracleman stories and let Neil Gaiman the author who eventually took over the series from Moore finish his long unfinished storyline So yeah, to reiterate, Joey B was excited.My first impression was that Miracleman was a natural progression for Moore following Watchman It was a meta commentary on the comics that Moore grew up with and the inherent silliness that comics had back then Much like Watchman, this was Moore forcing those comics to grow up and deal with the reality of what would happen if someone really had God like powers.I was shocked how much the comic Irredeemable borrowed from Miracleman , although I m sure many people have wondered what would happen if Superman went crazy before I can t wait until they release the rest of the comic so that I can see what Gaiman does with the story.This comic is very much the missing link between the soft comics of yesteryear and the gritty comics of today A great read.


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