Miracleman: Olympus Paperback – Sep 1991
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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.Read more ›
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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.
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.