Image: Garry Leach
For fans of the old superhero Miracleman, the past few years have been tumultuous. Created in 1954 by Mick Anglo and originally called Marvelman, the character has been lost to time even after his rights expired. eventually sold to Marvel back in 2009. It wasn’t clear if or when he would return to the comic space, but this week Timeless #1 ended with the shocking teasing that Michael Moran would somehow make his way into the Marvel universe.
But before that can happen, Miracleman must get back out into the open. hence the Miracleman Omnibus, a greatest hits collection intended to celebrate the 40th anniversary of writer Alan Moore’s rather rebooted hero. Moore’s tenure on the character was known for his deconstructivist take at a time when the concept started to take off, and now everything is collected. That includes both his 1982 and 1985 runs with artists like Alan Davis, Garry Leach and John Totleben, to material from 1989’s A1 Sketchbook and the 1984 Marvelman Special. The only non-Moore work, it seems, is from 2014: Grant Morrison and Joe Quesada’s All-New Miracleman one-shot that hit at the end of 2014.
Image: Kevin Nowlan
Miracleman has been a tough character for Marvel since they acquired his rights. The long legal battle between Gaiman and Image’s Todd McFarlane over the rights of the character meant that his star power waned over time, and when Marvel was able to reprint the comics of Moore and Gaiman’s runs, it took years for those collections to be released. In 2013, Gaiman and artist Mark Buckingham given the chance to pick up where their 90s run ended… but those plans quietly went away.
What future awaits Miracleman after that timeless plague? It’s unclear, but for fans of the character, hopefully this omnibus will get that ball rolling again when it releases in September of this year.
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