For fans of the old superhero Miracleman, the last few years have been hectic. It was created in 1954 by Mick Anglo and originally named Marvelman, a character lost in time, even after his rights were eventually sold to Marvel back in 2009. It was not clear if and when he would return to the comic book space, but this week Timeless # 1 concluded with shocking teasing that Michael Moran would somehow make his way to Marvel’s universe.
But before that can happen, Miracleman must return to the public eye. Therefore it is Miracleman Omnibus, a collection of the biggest hits intended to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the hero’s rather re-launch writer Alan Moore. Moore’s tenure in the character was known for its own deconstructionistically taken at a time when the concept was taking off, and now everything is gathering. This includes his 1982 and 1985 performances with artists such as Alan Davis, Garry Leach and John Totleben, to 1989 material. A1 Sketchbook and 1984 Marvelman Special. The only non-Moore work seems to come from 2014: Grant Morrison and Joe Quesada Brand new Miracleman one shot that hit at the very end of 2014.
Miracleman has been an awkward character for Marvel since they acquired his rights. The long legal battle involving Gaiman and Todd McFarlane of Image for the rights of the character meant that his star power disappeared over time, and when Marvel succeeded reprint comics by Moore and Gaiman, it took years for these collections to be published. In 2013, Gaiman and artist Mark Buckingham were gave the opportunity to pick up where their 1990s series ended … but those plans quietly disappeared.
What a future awaits Miracleman after that Timeless tease? It’s not clear, but for character fans, hopefully this omnibus will re-launch that ball when it comes out in September this year.
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