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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 207

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

In honor of the purchase of Marvelman by Marvel Comics, I began a look at some of Alan Moore’s Marvel/Miracleman stories. Today, let’s look at Moore’s last issue, where we see the aftermath of Miracleman #15’s violent ending.

Now that superheroes are pretty much all known to the world after the violent bloodbath that was Kid Miracleman’s assault on London, Miracleman and his pals have decided to use their powers to make Earth essentially a utopia.

Throughout Miracleman #16, Alan Moore’s last issue of the series, Moore and artist John Totleben show Miracleman going about this (there’s also a pretty dramatic sex scene with Miracleman and Miraclewoman), although, in typical Moore fashioned, he shows the darker layers of this so-called “utopia,” beginning with an exchange between Miracleman and his human wife, Liz…

this shows the subtle darkness that is connected to this storyline, which continues beautifully on to the end (the last two spreads you can click on to enlarge)…

“The” moment for me is definitely Miracleman looking out from his “perfect” world, pondering his lost humanity, while not exactly understanding that that is what he is doing – brilliant work by Moore (and Totleben draws it beautifully).

16 Comments

And doesn’t it make you think of Adrian Veidt?

Adrian Veidt AND Dr Manhattan.

But yes, I am hoping for AND looking forward to a big collected version of Moore’s (and Gaiman’s) Marvelman/Miracleman work.

I always wondered where the story would go after Gaiman’s utopian era. Not that I didn’t enjoy the utopian era.

Also, notice lizard Bubastis?

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 27, 2009 at 2:56 am

Let’s not forget that it tooks quite some time for John Totleban to draw that story arc become of his eye condition.

A terrific series.

I’m hoping that Marvel will reprint all of Moore’s and Gaiman’s work.

He has flowerss (?) to kiss his hand? Fantastic. I’ve only read a few pages from the series online, I’m really looking forward to the reprints.
Please God, let there be reprints.

Rohan Williams

July 27, 2009 at 4:57 am

One of my favourite single issues ever. I think the fact it’s been out of print for so long leads people to think it’s a curio or something, when it’s really up there with Watchmen, for me.

I think a REAL moment was where people line up for help and MM says yes to a pretty girl needing help with braces and no to a father pleading for help with his little child with a fatal disease. The father freaks and hopelessly attacks MM, who promptly eliminates him. To me, the Utopian society stopped before it started.

that moment showed why Alan is so cool and how mircleman fit histytle for you can just see mircleman pondering things with a chill of saddness in his soul. one reason hope marvel gets the thing reprinted as quick as they can for worth having another copy

Damn. I’ve got to get hold of Book 3…

I’ve got 1,2 and 4, along with the original arc in Warrior…

Still trying to get my hands on these (either as TPB or in floppies…)

Money is the real issue. They cost a fortune…

:-(

CrashMan, I had a gut feeling that things were going to go terribly, terribly wrong as “The Silver Age” (Gaiman’s arc) continued. Young Miracleman was clearly having trouble processing the massive changes that had taken place from the 1963 he remembered to the Age of Miracles he found himself reborn in, and Miracleman’s colossal misreading of the situation in #24 certainly couldn’t have helped matters any.
I think he was going to break, and if he didn’t go as far as Kid Miracleman did, it still wasn’t going to be pretty.

Stopped reading after Moore’s final ish. Figured it was a perfect ending and couldn’t get any better even with Gaiman.

Stopped reading after Moore’s final ish. Figured it was a perfect ending and couldn’t get any better even with Gaiman.

Gaiman’s work was good. It just did not feel essential to me. The series flowed 1-16 and arrived at a logical ending. Michael Moran starts the story with very little but his humanity. Over the course of the #16 issues, he trades his soul for the ability to remake the world.

I don’t know, you two. I passed on Gaiman’s run when it first came out for similar reasons, but when I finally had a chance to read it a couple of years ago I regretted that decision.
It’s very different from Moore’s run, but very, very good. It doesn’t attempt to redo what Moore already accomplished, but does its own different thing very well. The whole notion of it getting “any better” or not is just silly.
Moore’s done all he’s ever going to do with this character, it’s a continuation of Gaiman’s run that fans should be clamouring for.

Gaiman’s The Golden Age run on Miracle Man is the best work he’s ever done in any medium IMO. He and Buckingham turned out a masterpiece.

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