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Miracleman: Olympus [Paperback]

Alan Moore
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5.0 out of 5 stars As comic books go, it's a perfect diamond. June 12 2004
Format:Paperback
I was happy to discover that my copy of this is worth $175. I also have the other books in the series and consider them together to be a personal treasure.
Book 3 is the the climax of Moore's best early work, written when he was still fresh and feeling out new ideas that have in the two decades since completely reshaped and rebuilt 'western' comics into a diverse and mature artform.
Or at least one corner of it is diverse & mature. Most of it is still crap. There is some excellent Japanese work but the American mainstream still rarely impressive. This was a very high, early peak in the artform.

Anyhoo, With Miracleman:
First there is interesting dovetailing and wrap-up of a very enjoyable and original plot started in the previous books. It's full of issues that are ripe with philosophy and ethical/moral implications.
Then there is terrific dramatic buildup to earthshaking, cataclysmic violence, centered around my favorite character, Kid Miracleman.
He is one of the most sympathetic evil psychopaths I've ever read in comics. Born as MiracleMan's sidekick, Kid Miracleman becomes a victim and puppet of all his worst impulses. He goes through a Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde transformation to become truly, consciously evil, rather like Nietzche's Overman. His breakdown and demise are truly tragic.
The final part of the book is a brief story about the Miraclefamily establishing a Utopia on earth, supported by their ultimate and unlimited power, they become benevolent dieties, breaking humanity's selfish vices and reinventing the world as it should be. It's a wonderful and fascinating 'what if' scenario that was completely new and inspired.
And then there's romance and a few moments of sublime joy and beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Balanced on the diamond capstone of Olympus" Dec 11 2002
By Sam Thursday - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If there was ever a series that EVERYBODY gets excited about, it's Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman's Miracleman. The first 10 issues are a very entertaining spy story, reworking the title character's origins in classic Moore fashion. The art is a little spotty, unfortunately, and the story suffers for a couple of issues in Book 2: The Red King Syndrome. Olympus is the payoff. Moore and Totleben were made to make comics together, as evidenced by their acclaimed run with Steve Bissette on Swamp Thing, and this is the best work either of them has ever done, and perhaps ever will do, with the super-hero genre. This book is abou 150 pages of the most heartbreakingly beautiful comic art you will ever see in your life; Totleben's baroque line art impressively manages to save Moore's purple prose from caving under its own weight, and Moore has Totleben draw some of the most compelling characters and moving scenes in any medium, all while decorating it with beautifully poetic language. There's a reason that everyone gushes about this series, and Olympus is that reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREATEST SUPERHERO SAGA EVER TOLD! 'NUFF SAID Oct. 28 2000
By George A. Khoury - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Okay, this is not the best comic that Alan Moore has written, that honor goes to FROM HELL. But Miracleman Book 3 is the best superhero comic book ever done. Miracleman is the first on-going series that Moore did, and despite that he wrote 16 issues, which were released over the course of 7-8 years, he left a mark on how we see superheroes. Sure, Watchmen was a great superhero saga but it was and reads like a classic suspense novel. Watchmen is very calculated book, right from the start, and does have a formula; but I get the feeling from reading Miracleman that the same reasoning can not be applied here. Miracleman was a natural writing experience for him, it flows very organically into it's story.

Unlike most superheroes, Miracleman aka Mick Moran is not on a quest to fight justice and save the world. He is a man who's thrown into a situation by his former sidekick,the evil Kid Miracleman, and the British Government which created him. Little by little, Mick Moran begins to find out the secrets of how he became Miracleman, this leads into the events of Miracleman: Olypmus also known as Miracleman Book 3.

Book 3 is a masterpiece. Through the powerful and extremely underrated artistic talents of John Totleben, we experience the climax of this story. Miracleman is destined to battle Kid Miracleman to the death. Mick Moran must also decide what he is to do with his life. And finally, Miracleman decides to make a perfect world, a better earth whether we humans want it or not. He becomes the first superhero who actually tries to solve all the problems we have on this earth. Moore answers a lot of questions about superheroes and believe me, it becomes very hard to keep reading superhero comics after this book.

Recently, people are starting to take note of the quality of this series, which it really deserves. When the original comic book issues were coming out it was a comic that was regularly late but now we can the entire Moore epic and read it in one sitting and see its magic and quality. If you can find these books, enjoy them. If you don't have them, get them! They really are worth the trouble of hunting down and in the end you will feel rewarded.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably one of the BEST comic works out there! Nov. 14 1999
By fairgreen (rwong@acsu.buffalo.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
To say that Alan Moore is just a comic book writer is like saying Beethoven was just a composer! Married to the incredible artwork of John Totleben (whom I've had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with from time to time), Miracleman: Olympus is one of the best readings out there! Miracleman is the true redefining of the comic book super-hero genre! There is nothing more I can say, go out there, search, beg, borrow, or steal (just a joke) a copy and find out for yourself! I promise you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superhero comics at their best Aug. 20 2002
By Joe Lawler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Alan Moore is probably the best writer to work in the comics medium, and this is his greatest story. If you enjoyed Kingdom Come, this is a must read, the paralells (not that Kingdom come is a rip-off) are striking. These comics are so amazing, there's really no excuse for them being out of print. Even if you have to pay several hundred dollars to collect this series, it's worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great? yes... Not always "beloved". Sept. 2 2012
By xxgrendelxx - Published on Amazon.com
When the last few issues of Alan Moore and John Totleben's "Miracleman" hit the stands the series was barely recognised by fandom. Months passed between issues, especially the penultimate #15, in particular due to Mr. Totleben's deterioration of vision. Eclipse comics never had been especially reliable in terms of release dates and this was one of the reasons for the imprints demise, sadly, despite the stellar talent that made a home there over the years.

I was there, buying issues as they came out, and it was quite frustrating. By the time the infamous #15 was due I'd nearly lost interest or faith in the team's ability to produce a conclusion. That said, the reason this single issue commands such respect and value among people who had never read the series at all is that no single comic book has EVER delivered the goods like this one did.

It did in fact take YEARS for the hype over this series to build, and that mainly because of former baseball card speculators looking for another diversion to ruin and make crass. They succeeded too but, despite all, the issue #15 stands as one of comics most grim and awesome moments and the renewed interest in "Miracleman" as a series has left it's mark on fandom and provided a springboard for a new generation of fans to acknowledge Alan Moore's genius and industry changing contributions - not all for the better.

Remember comic books before everything was grim, re-imagined and apocalyptic? Ah, well - we still have memories and omnibus editions...

Sadly for fandom, the series remains in legal limbo where reprints are concerned - a testament to the greed and crass estimate of worth that now passes for "appreciation" among comicdom; white magazine paper, professional grades and plastic sleeves for a premium instead of newsprint and thrills for a dollar or less.

Blame speculators who never read a Moore comic for the insane value attributed to this volume, ignored until baseball card dealers destroyed their own field of dreams.

What a damn shame.
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