Miracleman #1

Miracleman #1

Writer: Mick Anglo, Alan Moore Artist: Garry Leach Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 15, 2014 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 1
8.6Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

• KIMOTA! With one magic word, a long-forgotten legend lives again!
•  Freelance reporter Michael Moran always knew he was meant for something more -- now, a strange series of events leads him to reclaim his destiny!
•  Relive the ground-breaking eighties adventures that captured lightning in a bottle -- or experience them for the first time -- in these digitally restored, fully relettered editions!
•  Issue 1 includes material originally presented in WARRIOR #1 and MIRACLEMAN #1, plus the MARVELMAN PRIMER.

  • 10
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jan 15, 2014

    In all, new readers and long-time fans alike stand to benefit from the increased access as well as the improvements made to this monumental series. Although some younger and/or newer comic readers may find themselves thinking that Miracleman seems vaguely reminiscent of many other superhero stories they've read, it is because these writers owe a creative debt of gratitude to Alan Moore and Garry Leach's raw and powerful literary deconstruction of the superhero. There are stereotypes and then there are the original archetypes " this is one of the latter and it is a work that every student and fan of the superhero genre needs to know. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jan 16, 2014

    If Watchmen is the Ramones of the movement to mature and darken the world of superheroes, then Miracleman is The Stooges and the MC5 rolled into one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Nicolo Parungo Jan 20, 2014

    Even with the heavy price tag and unnecessary filler, I feel Miracleman #1 is still worth picking up. All the stories are enjoyable and it's nice to have this piece of comic book history back in comic stores. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Jan 22, 2014

    It made me believe, even just for a second or two, that a hero like this could have existed on some parallel world or even 32 years ago. The description of the feelings felt when atomic energy causes pain then brings about nigh-invulnerable skin and the details of what Miracleman saw that day show the level of talent the creators have. It also shows that something like a comic can bring us into that kind of world. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CHUD - Adam X. Smith Jan 23, 2014

    Maybe it's because I'm a sucker for Alan Moore, maybe it's the retro-appeal of the classic Brit-comics of the Eighties, and maybe it's the promise of further electricity, deconstruction of the medium and gritty violence to come. But in this case, I'm on board. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 16, 2014

    This series isn't for young kids, but mature readers will love it - highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Jan 15, 2014

    For fans who are really intrigued by Miracle Man and the backstory surrounding the character, this is an incredible collection. It is the proper celebration that a convoluted superhero has deserved for years. Miracle Man is dead, long live Miracle Man. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jan 16, 2014

    Miracleman #1 may not feel as groundbreaking to modern readers. That thought, however, is not fair. Taken for its time and place, this is still a book any comic fan should read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Troy Wheatley Jan 20, 2014

    After Moore's story, the rest of this issue is filled out with various background materials about the Marvelman/Miracleman character, and a couple of 1954 tales. Frankly, I did little more than glance over them, and probably so will you (sorry, Mick Anglo). It is the Moore stories, and after that the Neil Gaiman stories, that people have been clamoring for. Nearly anyone who comes to this book will know that there were 'legal troubles' that have kept it out of print, and restricted its readership. Many of those who have read it though would rank it alongside the very best superhero comics, such as The Dark Knight Returns, Born Again, and Watchmen. Now that it has become available to a wide audience again, many others may rank it up there too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 18, 2014

    I am fully prepared for a volley of reviews and internet comments snarking that this book doesn't live up to the hype, but it's a strong issue nonetheless. Though the first chapters of this story have to do some heavy-lifting in terms of exposition and explanation, and young Alan Moore wasn't quite the writer that he'd later become, but I still find a lot to like here. Miracleman #1 is the third version of these stories that I've purchased in my comic book collecting history, but even at $5.99 I'm okay with paying to see it re-presented in a deluxe format and pleased to see the story holding up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jan 15, 2014

    This issue really defines a mixed bag in terms of what you get. On the one hand, its very cool to see the original stories and, for me, very, very fascinating peering behind the curtain at exactly what went on behind the scenes with this character (the interview with Anglo by Joe Quesada is especially interesting, especially since very little of it focuses on the comic and a great deal focuses on the man himself) but I could see someone who couldnt care less feeling like theyre paying extra for nothing. Buyer beware, in that case, but the core story here is as rock solid and resonant now as it was thirty years ago. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Jan 21, 2014

    The great moment this issue is that transition from "old footage" (billed as a 1956 prologue) that occurs with a radically weird zoom into the Don Lawrence Miracleman's impossibly perfect shining smile. We get lost in the glint in his eye, and when we turn the page, Gary Leach has brought us into a realism that seems to make the past Mike remembers so vividly all the more unlikely. And thus begins our exploration of the superman, Nietzsche model. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Cat Taylor Jan 18, 2014

    When I read the original Miracleman series in the 1980s, I had the advantage of borrowing several early issues from someone else's collection. So, I was able to get more of the story in a single setting. Re-reading the first issue all by itself now, I wonder if it would have enticed me to stay on board for the next issue, especially at a $5.99 price tag (even though this issue is padded with a lot of extra material in an attempt to justify the price). Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Jan 16, 2014

    That said, if I were someone who had never read “Miracleman” before I'd be a little upset at Marvel for skimping on the story that we all paid for. While I did enjoy all the bonus material, it's because I've already read the story before while plenty of others haven't. So, even though “Miracleman” is without a doubt one of the most historically notable comics ever made, and still a great comic in spite of 30 years of hype, Marvel kind of does a crappy job delivering it, especially at a $5.99 price tag. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 15, 2014

    As long as you don't come into Miracleman immediately expecting the same caliber of work from Moore that he delivered on Watchmen or Swamp Thing, you'll find a thoughtful, intelligent look at a once-campy superhero. It's just a shame that Marvel insisted on cramming the issue with supplemental content and driving up the price accordingly. Wait for the trade, perhaps, but don't miss this chance to finally experience a classic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber Jan 16, 2014

    Miracleman #1 is not Alan Moore's most impressive work, and Mick Anglo's original Marvelman comics have not aged as well as one would hope. Nonetheless, the artwork is strong throughout, and there is plenty of reason to believe that this series will eventually become the tour de force that we've been told it is. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Nick Rowe Jan 17, 2014

    So where does that leave fans yearning to read and relive one of the most acclaimed yet evasive [REDACTED] stories ever told? Although it is now widely available, and unfinished content will finally be completed down the line, the long-awaited reprint of Miracleman seems to have arrived with more of a forced hurrah, than with an enthusiastic bugle fanfare. Being able to finally read this story at an affordable (yet inflated) price is excellent for penny pinching collectors. But if each issue is as crammed as this first one, it might be worth it to wait for the trade. Read Full Review

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