Miracleman #0 Review

Writers: Neil Gaiman, Ryan Stegman, Mike Carey, Peach Momoko, Zack Davisson & Jason Aaron.

Artists: Mark Buckingham, Ryan Stegman, Ty Templeton, Paul Davidson, Peach Momoko & Leinil Francis Yu. 

Cover Artist: Alan Davis.

Publisher: Marvel Comics.

Reviewer: StoryBabbler

The Age of Miracles is upon us! Witness the return of Miracleman and his chaotic side of things in this Anthology issue #0. Here, Marvel Comics celebrates 40 years of Miracleman series in the modern age. See what tales are told, what horrors reveal themselves, and what heroics unfold in Miracleman #0!

Review:

So, this is a big one. If you’re not caught up on who Miracleman the character is, read his past acclaimed series, know his place in comic book history and the significance he has, well…don’t worry. This review is not a history lesson on the character, his past, nor about the comic book series he hails from. It’s honestly been a while since this reviewer read the previous Miracleman series. So, this reviewer is right there with new readers on seeing what the anthology conveys about the character and the fictional universe he hails from.

This is an anthology series, and as such not all of the stories will be what most readers like. It comes with the territory of making an anthology, where there are some with stories and writing people will like but not the art, ones where the art is great but the story and dialogue isn’t, and the few exceptions where the story and art both deliver. This anthology provides six stories for readers to experience with some familiar and unfamiliar names for writers and artists.

 

The first story is called “Apocrypha”, written by none other than famous author and comic book writer Neil Gaiman with Mark Buckingham as the artist. Don’t get too excited, this story is very, very brief and is more of a meta-contextual warm opener into the rest of the anthology’s stories. It’s immediately followed by a more action-driven story called “Blood on the Snow”, written and drawn by Ryan Stegman. It thrusts you immediately into the action with a version of Miracleman who’s more of a stereotypical 1980s punk rebel fighting for “world peace.”

The third story is “Whisper in the Dark” by Mike Carey and Paul Davidson. This story is an odd one but in a way that just might catch readers’ attention as it has more of a Sci-Fi Noir feel to it with the alien detective, the other characters, and the plot. The fourth story is called “Kimota’s Miracle” and is written and illustrated by Peach Momoko with Zack Davisson as co-scriptor. This story has got to be the most macabre one in the lineup as a stranger experiences the so-called Miracle of Kimota. For those unaware, “Kimota” is the catchphrase of Miracleman as it’s Atomic in reverse with a “k” in place of a “c”. Think of it like how Shazam and Black Adam from DC Comics have to shout the name “ShAZAM” to transform and activate their powers.

The fifth story is a set of comic strip stories written and illustrated by Ty Templeton. I won’t lie, I’m not a big fan of Templeton’s art and it kind of feels out of place, especially since it directly follows up a dark story. But if readers like it, then they get what they enjoy from Templeton’s work. Then to end it all off is a final story called “The Man Whose Dreams Were Miracles” written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu. This will be the story with both the best story, dialogue, and art all together.

SPOILERS:

By the end of the Anthology, the comic even provides a short preview of what’s to come in the upcoming series Miracleman: The Silver Age #1. According to the comic, this series will be written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by Mark Buckingham. In this series, the creative duo will complete what the preview touts as “the most anticipated story in comic book history!” I don’t know about that, but it’s certainly something that fans of the series and character will certainly keep an eye on.

Final Thoughts:

Miracleman #0 delivers an Anthology that celebrates 40 years of the character in the modern age. It contains several stories all exploring different facets of Miracleman and his universe. Some stories will be more satisfying than others, whether it’s the story, dialogue, or art. The comic does have a surprise in the end for fans of the character.

7/10

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