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. Comics can convey many emotions, sometimes better than words alone.Read more ›