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Subj: Re: New banner! Any MIRACLEMAN fans among us?
Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 at 11:32:05 am CDT (Viewed 283 times)
Reply Subj: Re: New banner! Any MIRACLEMAN fans among us?
Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 at 09:19:23 am CDT (Viewed 301 times)

    Oh yes, big MM fan. The art by Totleben is next level museum quality transcendant.

I was always impressed by the art on the series.

    It is the artistic equal and complement of Watchmen. While Watchmen is about a construction of superheroes as wholly human, MM is about the superhero as a true god.

I wonder what a team-up of Miracleman with Doctor Manhattan would have been like, the latter being another Moore take on super power as godhood.

    Alan Moore makes Mickey Moran every middle-aged man walking around and trying to remember his magic word. And when he finds it; realizes that everything he used to know was a lie.

Do you interpret that as an allegory for midlife crisis? I think I could say that I tried to remember my magic word (allegorically speaking) but never succeeded. I then tried to help my daughters find theirs and there I was more successful. So maybe my magic word all along was "Dad."

    Johnny Bates is the most abused innocent and terrifying villain of all time. A true illustration of a disturbed person with the power of a train in their limbs who realizes that this makes them beyond punishment for any act no matter how heinous.

Even Miracleman couldn't hold Johnny Bates accountable in some way?

I often got the impression that Miracleman himself was the villain of the stories. Surely I'm oversimplifying, however. Would you say that, at least to some extent, Miracleman was a villain?

    This is the ultimate Superman/CM archetype story. It is one of the reasons I cringe every time someone claims that Superman is really just a normal guy with powers. Or they claim that Captain Marvel is simply Billy's mind in a superpowered body.

I never liked either of those interpretations. I especially dislike the notion of Captain Marvel having Billy's mind. The notion of Superman as really just a normal joe on the inside - the idea that Clark Kent is the true persona and Superman is the mask - never resonated with me. What does the Miracleman interpretation bring to these questions?

    It is such a shame that Alan Moore got on bad terms with DC and never had a Superman run.

I think Alan Moore could never have tolerated DC's editorial interference. Which I guess is why he and DC got on bad terms in the first place. Or was it more about royalties?

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