Miracleman, Book One: A Dream of Flying

Miracleman, Book One: A Dream of Flying

by Alan Moore

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  • Series: Miracleman
  • Language: English
  • Category: Sequential Art
  • Rating: 4.26
  • Pages: 176
  • Publish Date: May 27th 2014 by Marvel Comics
  • Isbn10: 0913035610
  • Isbn13: 9780913035610

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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, youre laughing at my life!! Miller & Son didnt have anymore something to reprint, so to avoid going out of business, it hired Mick Anglo to create a character to replace Captain Marvel. THE PEOPLE VS TODD MCFARLANE Its coming this way, and its a monster But, dont be so harsh on good ol Mick Anglo, since thanks to his creation, Alan Moore was able to work on it Its clear that Alan Moore should read Marvelman when he was a kid and Im sure that he loved it, since Alan Moores love for comic books is as big as the world (and more). Moores 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. Miraclemans 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, its part of Marvel Comics, yet another irony in the wonderful world of comics). 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 Moores 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)). Miracleman is an essential reading piece for Alan Moores 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 legacys charm.

The supplementary stories included within this package left me with the same type of headache I got after I watched Ang Lees Hulk.

Miracleman started life as Marvelman, a 1950s British Captain Marvel homage/ripoff. Moore takes essentially a kid's comic, breaks it down, and shows what superheroes might be like in real life. All things considered, Miracleman is still pretty damn good and a cool piece of 1980s comic book history.

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 schlubby everyman becomes a living god; a happy dream of flying is suddenly remembered! Garry Leachs superb art moves from ambiguous waking dream to throbbing nightmare.

Originally published under the title Marvelman from 1982 to 1984 in the pages of a British black-and-white comic-book anthology called Warrior, Alan Moores Miracleman re-imagines a lighthearted, rather juvenile Captain Marvel knockoff from the 1950s for the much darker, much more 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 Moores Marvelman came along, superhero comics had been targeted almost exclusively at children (despite Marvels promotional claims of the 1960s to be producing pop art for college hipsters). Casting the superhero as a dangerously naive power fantasy we should have outgrown a long time ago, Marvelman is an early expression of Alan Moores frustration with the comic-book industry as well as with the rise of neoliberal politics. What bothers me about this book is something else: Couldnt 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?

Gaiman would never finish his run and went on to popularise another forgotten series, Sandman (which hed 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. 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, more than 30 years after it first launched in the pages of long-defunct British magazine Warrior, Alan Moore and Garry Leachs Miracleman was back in print! 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 - hes forgotten that he was once Miracleman. Miracleman, Book 1: A Dream of Flying is definitely worth reading if youre a superhero comics fan - its smart and full of great ideas, its entertaining and highly readable with stunning artwork and is easily one of the best Alan Moore books Ive ever read.

I've been reading comics for a LONG time but some I just never heard of. Very similar to Shazam, but with this story we take some dark turns. The villain here is really screwed up and loved how Miracleman, the hero of the story, gets his shit wrecked so quick. Overall, this is a really screwed up comic in a lot of ways but I was intrigued the whole time.

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. Yes, it's the writing that's earned these stories a place in comics history, but the art is also truly outstanding.

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. Marvel deserves a lot of credit in unifying all the Marvelman/Miracleman claims and rescuing it from near obscurity.

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. 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.

Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell.