From the House of Ideas: ‘Miracleman #0’ Breathes Life Into a Classic Character

Who is Miracleman?

That’s the question so many of us have asked over the years, I think, especially when Marvel made a big deal of getting the rights to this distinctly British character nearly a decade ago. Created in 1954 by British artist Mick Anglo, the character went through a variety of interations and authors, including Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman during the 1980s. After a complex history of legalities involving the rights to the character, Miracleman (and his earlier name, Marvelman) became property of the House of Ideas, with stories from throughout his history released for a few years.

And then, nothing.

All went quiet in the world of Miracleman, perhaps because audiences didn’t jump on those rereleases, or maybe they just didn’t quite care about a character that didn’t make much of a dent in the North America. However, with the ten year anniversary of Marvel ownership on the horizon, there are plans to bring the Miracleman back to the public eye, with Gaiman and artist Mark Buckingham returning to the character to complete a story they first began in June 1990. Before that, though, a group of stellar storytellers have gathered to share their own tales with Miracleman #0 and celebrate the character’s modern age.

Here’s the logline: Forty years ago, Miracleman’s modern era began and changed the world of comics as we know it. Now, on the cusp of a new era of Miracleman, we celebrate all things Kimota with a who’s who of the best talent in the industry! Plus, Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham set up this issue and their return to Miracleman: The Silver Age!

Along with Gaiman and Buckingham, notable names like Jason Aaron, Ty Templeton, Mike Carey, Peach MoMoKo, Ryan Stegman, Leinil Francis Yu, and Paul Davidson have come up with a solid 40 pages that serve as a worthy introduction to the Miracleman character and the world he’s coming from. Do you need to be familiar with him? No, though it probably helps to be. That being said, with my limited background, I still found a lot to enjoy in Miraceman #0; the story “Whisper in the Dark” by Carey and Davidson is a particular highlight, a cool merging of sci-fi, superhoroes, and noir. Aaron and Yu’s “The Man Whose Dreams Were Miracles” is another strong story, a well-written confrontation between author and creation.

As a taster of what’s to come, Miracleman #0 serves its purpose, and those who are interested in the character will find a lot to enjoy in this book. It should help to get you hyped for what’s next, and could also intice you to search out more his long storied past.

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