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Miracleman Book 1: A Dream of Flying [Hardcover]

Mick Anglo , Alan Davis , The Original Writer , Garry Leach
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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (27 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785154620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785154624
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 17.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Believe in miracles 30 May 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Miracleman is a legendary comic that's been off bookshelves and in legal limbo for many, many years.

Miracleman's complicated history goes back to the Golden Age when he was created as a British knockoff of the popular DC Comics Captain Marvel character (who today is called Shazam), an origin which would see the character dragged through the courts for decades. When arguably the most famous comics writer there's ever been, Alan Moore, came to write Miracleman at the start of his career, he managed to rejuvenate him with a fresh, bold new vision before finishing his run and passing it on to a young writer who'd just started out - Neil Gaiman.

Gaiman would never finish his run and went on to popularise another forgotten series, Sandman (which he'd begun the year previous to Miracleman), while the Marvelman/Miracleman books would go out of print due to copyright claims (though recently Marvel and Gaiman announced that Gaiman would be finally completing his Miracleman story - expect it sometime in 2016!). The Miracleman books have been out of print for years and have been touted as one of the greatest superhero comics ever created, from those who were lucky enough to read it.

Things changed a couple of years ago when the numerous legal cases were settled and Marvel emerged as the sole owner of the Miracleman comics. Marvel head honcho, Joe Quesada, began to lay the groundwork for a reissuing of all of the comics by touching up the art - re-colouring, re-inking all of the pages -and, in January 2014, more than 30 years after it first launched in the pages of long-defunct British magazine Warrior, Alan Moore and Garry Leach's Miracleman was back in print!

Besides the newly restored (and gorgeous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kimota! Had to be really, didn't it? 12 Aug 2014
Format:Hardcover
Ah! the heady days of the 1980's, much to my dismay I was 16 when this was originally published...16!
Picking up the first issue of Warrior in Blackpool I couldn't have imagined that all these years later Miracleman / Marvelman would be being republished in shiny new hardback volumes and bring out so many memories of my mid to late teen years...sigh!
Even though the narrative style and many, if not all of the ideas in this and future volumes have been ripped off and appropriated this is still one of the best, if not the best superhero story ever...big claim I know, but "back in the day" this was a revolutionary take on the genre.
Briefly: Superhero forgets his "magic" word, gets it back, then finds out his life and those of the "Miracle/Marvelman family" was a lie and that he's not the only surviving superhuman on the planet.
The digital colouring, initially distracting, make the images bright and clear (remember the muddy Eclipse reprints, shudder!) and the volume itself is handsomely presented. Admittedly half the book is made up of extras, but the quality of these, cover sketches,layouts,original Warrior covers only enhance the pleasure of actually owning this after so long in the wilderness.
If you've never read this, then give it try you'll be glad you did. Perhaps the best recommendation I can give is that after years of "not getting" my comic obsession I gave this to my wife, said "this is why"...and she's now pestering me about what happens next and is awaiting volume 2 as eagerly as I am!
Mr.Moore not only are you a storytelling genius but a marriage counsellor as well.
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By M. W. Hatfield VINE VOICE
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You know, I'd forgotten how good this was. I read this deconstruction of the super-hero genre when it first came out in Warrior in the Eighties, and, like everyone else, fell in love with the audacity of the storytelling, the playing with language, the new perspective on genre tropes. But since then, we've had From Hell, Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen from Alan Moore, so this will have been superseded. Won't it?
Well, looking at it afresh, there is some overwriting and pretention (But I LIKE that! I love the literary feel to the text) and the panel links may seem obvious now (but only because they've been stolen so often by lesser writers). But the narrative still packs a punch, the ideas are still fascinating. The art, by the way, is lovely and engaging-this is no one-man band.
I can understand the political and contractual reasons why Alan Moore does not want his name on this work-he has a righteous anger at the way he has been manipulated and treated by the comics companies. But he has no reason to feel any shame about the work-it is still superb, still engaging, and still packs a punch. Still worth reading, still a great piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i was not disappointed, great memories 11 July 2014
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I bought this book as I remembered it from childhood.i was not disappointed, great memories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Miracleman at last! 3 Jun 2014
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Now that Miracleman/Marvelman has finally landed at Marvel it seems that they might be attempting to put out some definitive editions, the first one being this: Book One: A Dream of Flying. There are 176 pages, the first 117 being concerned with reprint material and the rest preparatory sketches, cover art, etc. There are no text articles which I suppose isn’t really necessary because you can find all the info you want online- check out Wikipedia and some of the reviews here for example.

So what have we got here? I remember reading Marvelman when it first appeared in the Warrior anthology title. This was something new, something different, something bold and something sadistic as you were dripfed six pages or so of this brilliant storytelling and artwork once a month only. The bar was well and truly lifted when it came to superhero storytelling.

Now in this edition published by Marvel we have what looks like most of the Warrior material including some hardcore science fiction featuring the Warpsmiths. Granted, they are difficult to read as another reviewer pointed out, but the impression given is of a huge back story which perhaps can be delved into at a future date.

As for this edition… unusually, it is a printed hardcover rather than the plain cover with the paper wrap around. The original stories were printed in black and white in a large magazine format. They’ve been coloured and crammed into the American comic book size format. I’ve seen other attempts to do this, notably with stories from 2000AD and it can be disastrous. It’s not so bad here though. I’ve no problem with the colouring but it might have been nice if Marvel could have kept the original dimensions.
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