Normally From the House of Ideas highlights weekly releases from Marvel, but with our Holiday Gift Guide in full effect, I wanted to call out two titles that the Marvel Zombie in your life definitely would appreciate getting as gifts.
This large and somewhat pricey book collects the previously published Miracleman work of Alan Moor (or as he’s referred to in these credits, The Original Writer), and it truly is some groundbreaking stuff. The art, from Mick Anglo, Alan Davis, and many others is quite beautiful. It’s worth noting that much of the 808 pages of this title is dedicated to concept art, sketches, original page reproductions and more, making it the ultimate collection of this run on the character. As well, this Omnibus has done so well that it will be going into a second printing early next year, so if you want to nab a first printing for yourself or someone else, now is the time to do it.
Middle-aged reporter Michael Moran always knew he was meant for something more. When an unexpected series of events leads him to reclaim his destiny, Miracleman is reborn! But Miracleman’s return threatens to unravel Moran’s life. Their connections to Dr. Emil Gargunza and Project Zarathustra bring with them disturbing revelations and trigger the return of a childhood friend who, beneath his sinister smile, has become something terrifying. Pushing the concept of the super hero to its logical conclusion, MIRACLEMAN is nothing short of a revelation. The series reinvented the super hero and 40 years later stands as one of the influential works in the comic book artform. This first-ever Omnibus edition collects MIRACLEMAN BOOKS ONE through THREE, complete with a massive trove of covers, original artwork and rare features.
COLLECTING: Warrior (1982) 1-18, 20-21; Miracleman (1985) 1, 3, 6-16; Marvelman Special (1984) 1; A1 (1989) 1 [as presented in Miracleman (2014) 1-16]; All-New Miracleman Annual (2014) 1.
You can order Miracleman Omnibus here.
Fantastic Four: Full Circle
Who doesn’t love the Fantastic Four? Who doesn’t love the art of Alex Ross? If you answered “me” to either of those question, take a hike, because Fantastic Four: Full Circle, which is published by Abrams in a new partnership with Marvel, is an exciting story for all us FF/Alex Ross fans. I’ve been looking at this title digitally, and it’s gorgeous, but honestly, I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy of the book – that’s really the best way to experience the glorious storytelling of Ross, my favourite artist of all time.
An all-new Marvel Comics graphic novel starring the Fantastic Four, written and illustrated by renowned artist Alex Ross
It’s a rainy night in Manhattan and not a creature is stirring except for . . . Ben Grimm. When an intruder suddenly appears inside the Baxter Building, the Fantastic Four—Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards), the Invisible Woman (Susan Storm Richards), the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), and the Thing (Ben Grimm)—find themselves surrounded by a swarm of invading parasites. These carrion creatures composed of Negative Energy come to Earth using a human host as a delivery system. But for what purpose? And who is behind this untimely invasion?
The Fantastic Four have no choice but to journey into the Negative Zone, an alien universe composed entirely of anti-matter, risking not just their own lives but the fate of the cosmos!
Fantastic Four: Full Circle is the first longform work written and illustrated by acclaimed artist Alex Ross, who revisits a classic Stan Lee–Jack Kirby story from the 1960s and introduces the storyline for a new generation of readers. With bold, vivid colors and his trademark visual storytelling, Ross takes Marvel’s first team of super heroes to places only he can illustrate. The book also features a special poster jacket, with the front flap unfolding to reveal an all-new fully painted origin story of the Fantastic Four.
Welcome to the Negative Zone and MarvelArts—a new collaborative line of books between Marvel Comics and Abrams ComicArts—where nothing is impossible and anything can happen!
You can order Fantastic Four: Full Circle here.