“The Priest & the Dragon: The October Incident: 1966 ” by Grant Morrison & Joe Quesada. | “The Miracleman Family: Seriously Miraculous” by Peter Milligan & Mike Allred.
Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?
Alan Moore’s re-invention of the superhero genre with Marvelman/Miracleman was for me, akin to the Sex Pistols/Punk’s impact on rock music. This legacy is self-evident from reading the Marvel reprints of the Miracleman collected editions, which has thankfully brought the iconoclastic material to a new audience. Read some background here.
So what does Marvel do, to cash in? This highly dubious Annual – which features a Grant Morrison Kid Miracleman tale originally rejected by Moore (justifiably as it turns out!) for publication in Warrior magazine back in the day and a pointless Miracleman Family adventure done in retro style.
The former adds absolutely nothing to the Miracleman canon and the fact that Morrison agreed to this fiasco only points to a massive self-aggrandizing ego run amok. The latter is almost worse as it amounts to nothing more than filler and even contains a embarrassing plot gaffe. In the story, the Miracleman Family (in their human guises) have amnesia and are unable to recall their power word and yet, this happens…
Yes! Dicky Dauntless has just spoken his power word – “Miracleman” but does not change to Young Miracleman?!?! C’mon, now – what a shambles, Milligan! Shameful!!