THIS WEEK: Marvel celebrates forty years of Miracleman with an all-new one-shot, the primary new standalone Miracleman comedian in practically eight years. Does Miracleman #0 do the character and his world justice?
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Writers: Neil Gaiman, Ryan Stegman, Ty Templeton, Mike Carey, Peach Momoko, Zack Davisson, and Jason Aaron
Artists: Mark Buckingham, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Ty Templeton, Paul Davidson, Peach Momoko, and Leinil Francis Yu
Colorists: Jordie Bellaire, Sonia Oback, Ty Templeton, Antonio Fabela, Peach Momoko, and Sunny Gho
Letterers: Todd Klein, VC’s Joe Caramagna, VC’s Ariana Maher, and Ty Templeton
Cowl Artists: Alan Davis & Alejandro Sánchez
It’s exhausting to consider it’s been over a decade since Marvel Comics gained the rights to Miracleman. The fashionable iteration of the British Golden Age character Marvelman, revived in 1982 by Alan Moore and Garry Leach, and delivered to the States and given his present miraculous moniker by Eclipse Comics, had been in authorized limbo for many years earlier than the Home of Concepts introduced a deal in 2009 with the character’s creator, Mick Anglo, to buy the rights to the character. Since then, although, issues have been comparatively quiet on the Miracleman entrance, with reprints of the unique Eclipse sequence and a few of the Golden Age tales, however the one new materials coming within the type of an Annual in 2014 and a one-page entry in 2019’s Marvel Comics #1000 particular.
This week’s Miracleman #0, touted primarily as a celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the character’s trendy iteration, is celebratory in a couple of different methods. After a tease within the Timeless one-shot earlier this 12 months, Marvel is celebrating that Miracleman is lastly again with new tales. For lots of readers, the particular this week might be their first encounter with a personality with a protracted and fascinating historical past. The brand new one-shot, then, looks like the right place to supply new readers an on-ramp to Miracleman and his world forward of the launch of Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham’s Miracleman: The Silver Age later this month.
Readers in search of a primer on who Miracleman is and what his world is like will almost certainly be disenchanted by Miracleman #0. Framed by a sequence by Gaiman and Buckingham, the problem is primarily an anthology of tales being learn in-universe by Miracleman, all of which had been impressed by the character. For real-world readers, the tales had been extra particularly impressed by the work of Alan Moore and plenty of artists with whom he collaborated on revamping and redefining Miracleman within the ‘80s. The result’s a mixture of tales that includes alternate variations of the character, spotlighting his supporting solid, and inspecting the affect he has had on each the world of the sequence and on the comics business.
It’s an fascinating train, and the tales that come of it are a mix of entertaining, thought-provoking, and simply plain enjoyable. Ryan Stegman’s excessive ‘90s tackle the character captures the flavour of the period nicely each when it comes to the visuals and the script. There’s one thing for longtime followers right here, too, because it’s exhausting to not discover the resemblance Stegman’s leather-based jacket-clad Miracleman has to Todd McFarlane’s ‘Man of Miracles’ – a personality initially meant to be Miracleman earlier than authorized disputes curtailed these plans – a resemblance pushed dwelling by Stegman’s obvious amping up of the McFarlane affect on his art work.
Different tales are much less particularly about Miracleman. Mike Carey and Paul Davidson inform a story wherein the aliens often known as Warpsmiths are cosmic detectives, and one among them kinds himself after a hardboiled personal eye in against the law novel. Peach Momoko’s story imagines a world the place talking Miracleman’s magic phrase, ‘Kimota!’, results in a metamorphosis that’s extra horrifying than magical. Ty Templeton presents Miracleman’s supporting solid and the world wherein he lives as newspaper cartoon characters, spoofing current strips to nice impact. Simply as Moore and his collaborators did forty years in the past with the unique Marvelman tales of the ‘50s, these three tales take parts of the Miracleman mythos and provides them new and fascinating context, and the outcomes are fascinating and extremely pleasant.
The ultimate story of the problem, Jason Aaron and Leinil Francis Yu’s “The Man Whose Desires Had been Miracles,” is the longest of the one-shot’s tales, and tells the story of an growing old comedian guide author who’s visited by a number of incarnations of his fictional creation, Miracleman. Essentially the most overtly meta story of the problem, Aaron and Yu supply a commentary on the character of tales and the way they and the characters inside them shift to replicate the instances wherein they’re produced, for higher or worse. Given Miracleman’s important state of limbo for the previous thirty years that’s one thing of which the character has largely been spared, however Stegman and Aaron & Yu’s tales each present an fascinating glimpse into what might have been for the character.
Miracleman #0 is ready as much as be for everybody. Readers who aren’t accustomed to the character can nonetheless benefit from the tales current on a floor stage, whereas those that are conscious of Miracleman and his historical past will respect the metatextual ranges current in the entire choices. And as an introduction to the precise Miracleman, Gaiman and Buckingham’s framing story presents a person, albeit one with god-like powers, who is actually bored and in search of escape in fiction. Who can’t relate to that?
Closing Verdict: Purchase.
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