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- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (November 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 29, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NTB40PI
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The art has improved a lot from the first volume as well. More detail, richer colors, and more interesting worlds, backgrounds, and character designs. The beautiful illustrations really bring out the best in Moore's increasingly complex narrative that gives us science, aliens, heroes, & heart.
I really enjoyed this book even more than the first one. I would definitely recommend continuing this series as Miracleman keeps getting better!
If you don't know who or what Miracleman is, it was a ground breaking version of an otherwise traditional (and boring) super hero - a guy who is very strong, strong jawed and can flaw. The real world grounding of this story by Alan Moore predates Watchmen and all of new realistic gritty takes on the super hero.
For this reason alone it is worth getting the series. The second reason is that one needs to read through these stories so that the later tales by Neil Gaiman (yes, both Moore and Gaiman worked on this character) will be better understood. These tales examine the whole super hero motif from another take - what if there were super heroes and they vanquished the super villains and then addressed nearly all of the serious threats to the world - will that actually bring happiness to human kind?
There is more to it, of course, there’s Dr. Gargunza’s origin, how he came to the position he held, how he created Miracleman after studying a downed spacecraft and its dead pilot, how his only hope in creating this legend was that it might breed and Dr. Gargunza could use that child, imprint his consciousness on it and live forever. It’s about five months since the end of Book One and Miracleman and Mike Moran are slowly growing apart (“I don’t trust Moran in a crisis” Miracleman says at one point) as the hero is slowly becoming more godlike in his powers and behavior.
Liz gives birth to Miracleman’s daughter in what’s probably the most graphically rendered birthing scene ever to appear in a comic book. And two mysterious beings appear toward the end of the book in search of . . . well, I’m not really sure WHAT they were searching for. No, that’s not true, I do know what they were looking for, but there’s no way to explain it without giving you the entire history on how Dr. Gargunza created Miracleman, and that would take some time. Suffice it to say, Mike Moran and Miracleman ARE two different beings even though, genetically, they share the same DNA and memories.
The title of Book Two, “The Red King Syndrome”, is taken from Alice in Wonderland. Dr. Gargunza asks his assistant one day when it seems the Miracles are about to wake up from their hypnotic slumber, “Tell me, Dr. Fabian...have you ever read ‘Alice in Wonderland’? You have? Do you remember the Red King? He slept and dreamed, and no-one dared wake him. They were afraid, you see, that they were all part of his dream, and that were he to wake the whole of existence would simply vanish.” If you remember from Book One, Miracleman’s entire history was nothing more than a computer-generated dream he and the other two heroes, Young Miracleman and Kid Miracleman, were having, created by Dr. Gargunza in the Project Zarathustra labs and Gargunza realizes one day that if these three were to wake up, considering they’re the most powerful creatures on the planet, things could get very bad for him.
Alan Moore’s writing is still, in Book Two, just as poetic and beautiful as in Book One, funny in places, terrifying in others. The art is split once again, Alan Davis in the beginning, then taken over by Chuck Austen, then Rick Veitch. I found none of them to be particularly dazzling, even though I’ve always like Alan Davis. His work in here just seemed kind of average, considering how good I know he is. But Miracleman was originally published in the early 80s, so maybe he just hadn’t reached his peak yet. The way the stories are told, the layouts of each issue, seemed very purposeful and I’d be willing to bet that had a lot to do with Moore’s script; I love his attention to that kind of detail at times.
Considering the character development as well as what’s happened in the plot--especially the birth of Winter who, at only a few weeks old, doesn’t cry, but said “Ma-ma” five minutes after being born and has a full set of teeth and eats four tins of solid food at a time--I can’t wait to get into Book Three and see what happens next.
Miracleman is just what I’d hoped it would be, amazing. I read these stories originally 25 years ago, probably longer, and was just hoping they were still as great as I’d remembered. They’re even better. I was right all those years when I said Miracleman was the best comic book ever created.
That’s not to say I don’t have issue with this new hardcover collection. I do, very much.
I understand Marvel is trying to make these new collections as appealing as possible, and also trying to make enough money to justify publication of the book, all of it in hopes of FINALLY bringing to light those lost Neil Gaiman issues, and I am ALL for that. It’s the entire reason I buy this book monthly as Marvel publishes it and still buy these collected editions when they come out. I just want to do what I can, do my part, to help make this book a success because I’ve been waiting over two decades for those lost issues (written, but never published because the publisher at the time went bankrupt). But let’s dial it back a little.
This book is 224 pages with a cover price of $34.99 US. “The Red King Syndrome” ends on page 116. We then have two VERY short back-up stories (a 5-page Young Marvelman story by Alan Moore from 1983, and a 4-page insert from 1986). The rest of the book, pages 127-224, are original art reproductions and a cover gallery. It’s billed as a “behind the scenes look”, but does anyone care? They’re just black and white copies of the original sketches and panel layouts, but they add absolutely zero to the experience here. I’m not sure I could care any less about these pages, and to me they’re just filler so Marvel can say “Pay us $35, a lot went into this book.”
No, it didn’t. It’s a book full of reprint material that was originally created 30 years ago.
That being said, I can’t say don’t buy this book. Because the story, man. Alan Moore’s story is still the best I’ve read in this format. One of the best I’ve read in ANY format, really. So, yeah, get this book, even if you have to pay that insane price for a book half full of old sketches.
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