Marvel just released a sneak peek of Miracleman #1, the issue people have been waiting for years to read!
It was the series that changed comics forever. With the utterance of one word, Michael Moran transformed from the ordinary into the extraordinary – and Miracleman was born!
Long out of print, Marvel Comics is pleased to announce that the earth-shattering stories that injected new levels of sophistication into the super hero genre will finally see the light of day once again! Starting this January, Marvel will begin publishing the legendary run of Miracleman by the original creators that began in Warrior Magazine and continued under now defunct publisher Eclipse Comics!
**Please note that today’s Retro Review is not for the faint of heart or the easily offended, and images may be considered NSFW. Those who are sensitive to depictions of violence should NOT click the link.**
Day 2 of Anniversary Week, and we continue our look at stories that have great power and meaning for me. If you listen to the Major Spoilers Podcast, you know I talk a lot about things my Grandfather may or may not have actually said. On occasion, though, I have to divert to the wisdom of my late Grandmother, a teacher for 70-odd years. Gramma used to say, “scratch a critic and find a failed writer. ” While what I do is probably only criticism in the loosest sense of the word, there might be a grain of truth to that truism for me. One of the major reasons why I never seriously pursued a career in comic book writing was the existence of Alan Moore. When I first read his Swamp Thing issues in 1980-whichever, I was so stunned as to wonder why I even bothered with my scrawlings in the first place, so powerful and evocative is his writing. Moore’s 80′s work seemed determined to assess and deconstruct every aspect of comics and the superhero and Miracleman is still (in my mind, anyway) his magnum opus. He took issue with such comic tropes as the secret identity, the evil scientist, the relationship between man and superman, all against the Cold War nuclear panic backdrop of the 1980s.
With issue #15, Moore seemingly decided to completely recreate that staple of comic books, the fight scene. The resulting issue is one of the most compelling and HORRIFYING comic books ever put to paper, and one of the crown jewels of my collection…
Or – “Where The Heck Is My Battle Chasers #10?”
In recent weeks of the Major Spoilers Podcast TPB reviews, we’ve looked at several stories that never got a proper ending, be it due to schedules, monetary difficulties, or the attention span of a fruitfly. Some have been sublime, others ridiculous, but in all cases our enjoyment of the stories seemed to be affected by their incomplete status. It got me to thinking about how many of my favorite stories over the years never got a proper ending, appropriate closure, or even a climactic explosion where the hero skates away in triumph…