Miracleman 1 (August 1985)

7920 20060127151316 largeThere’s something magnificent about the way Alan Moore starts Miracleman. Of course, given the issue is a compilation of shorts from Warrior, it must have been even better to read them in that series.

He opens with a retro superhero comic strip, full of fifties silliness and plays it through to the end of the adventure. Gleeful superheroing. When he comes back to it later, with Mike Moran telling his disbelieving wife about it, Moore’s got the reader buying into it. Moran gets full understanding and sympathy because the reader’s been there.

Nicely, Alan Davis does the retro story fifties style and Garry Leach’s art for the modern day is done hyper-realistic. Even the lettering’s nearly type.

Besides an outstanding action sequence–Leach and Moore do a lot in these stories–there’s the quiet scenes with the wife. It’s an awesome issue. Even if the cliffhanger’s too artificial.

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CREDITS

Rebirth; writer, Alan Moore; pencillers, Alan Davis and Garry Leach; inker, Leach; colorist, Ron Courtney; letterer, G. George; editors, Dez Skinn and Cartherine Yronwode; publisher, Eclipse.

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