Miracleman: The Silver Age #1 is the remastered first issue of the Silver Age storyline that was originally published in Miracleman #23, thirty years ago! This chapter of the Miracleman saga was cut short after only two issues due to the demise of the publisher, Eclipse Comics. Subsequently, the rights to Miracleman were legally disputed between writer Neil Gaiman and Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane before Marvel Comics acquired these rights in 2013.
Miracleman: The Silver Age #1 is more than a mere reprint of the original Miracleman #23, with remastered art by Mark Buckingham (whatever that means…) illustrating Gaiman’s story. It seems surreal to re-read this comic book after all this time but definitely it marks a return to the days of vastly superior comic books, compared to what would later follow in that decade, especially with the success of Image Comics.
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Miracleman: The Silver Age #1 picks up from the end of The Golden Age, with Miracleman continuing his benevolent dictatorship over the Planet Earth as the pre-eminent superhero. While it appears that everything is well, Miracleman still feels the loss of his sidekick Young Miracleman/Dicky Dauntless, who died in 1963 in a nuclear attack. Thus, with the alien Qys technology available to him, Miracleman resurrects Young Miracleman in this issue.
Dicky, reminiscent of Steve Rogers/Captain America, is naturally disoriented and experiences great difficulty in acclimatising to his new surroundings. He also carries the mindsets and attitudes prevalent in early 60s Britain, where conservative values prevailed. Thus, the seeds of dissent are already germinating in Dicky’s mind as he attempts to come to terms with the new status quo. Important to bear in mind, that in this new world, other than Miraclewoman, Dicky is the only other being capable of challenging Miracleman. A good reminder of how promising this series began, all those years ago.
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