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Miracleman, Vol. 2: The Red King Syndrome (Miracleman #2)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  1,275 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Michael Moran has rediscovered the power of Miracleman, but unbeknownst to him, Dr. Emil Gargunza, the man behind Project Zarathustra, has set in motion plans decades in the making. In The Red King Syndrome, Gargunza's intentions for Miracleman's wife and unborn child set the stage for a confrontati on between creator and creation. The origins of Gargunza and Zarathustra w ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Marvel Comics (first published June 1990)
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mark monday
Shazam! brilliant Alan Moore's saga of a Captain Marvel template being thrust into the real world continues. Shazam! even a magic word can't transform my irritation with this lackluster collection into something more positive, despite how much I admire the author. Shazam! the mishmash of unappealing art could also use a magical transformation. Shazam! an offensively clichéd black character who is self-aware of his clichés does not equal those clichés being transformed into something interesting ...more
I really liked the first volume of Miracleman. It was essentially everything I'd been promised for so very long. The second volume was, almost inevitably, somewhat disappointing.

It's not that Moore has run out of ideas. There's still some very interesting things happening. But it just isn't as tightly written. I think this might be the mark of a younger and less experienced writer. He might write the same story today, but he would do it in a different way. And then there's the weirdness with Cr
Sam Quixote
Michael Moran can transform into the superhero, Miracleman, by simply uttering the word “KIMOTA!” (“atomic” backwards and misspelled!). Michael’s wife, Liz, is pregnant with Miracleman’s baby which is bothering him, not least because they couldn’t conceive until he transformed into his alter ego.

But he’s not going to have long to moon about it because the evil Dr Emil Gargunza kidnaps Liz away to South America where he believes he will learn the secret of eternal life in Miracleman’s baby. While
Yawn. The pretentious English twat (original writer) Alan Moore...ugh. ripoff Captain Marvel often? Also, calling it childish tripe in your book isn't a backhanded compliment or acknowledgement of the creators, it's just you being a right cunt.

I haven't read the first volume. So I might not be qualified to comment, but this did pretty much nothing for me...

I just hope the geniuses of today don't disappear up their own assholes like Moore and Miller...

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Nicolo Yu
This is it. This collection contains the infamous childbirth issue. I must admit; although I have a normally iron constitution, that panel of an infant's scalp protruding from the birth canal gave me pause. Not even the magic of modern computer coloring could improve the experience of a childbirth on a two-dimensional page. The graphic nature of the story was not the only reason I set the book aside to be continued later; I was reading it in a public venue and I had second thoughts of inflicting ...more
Israel Laureano
Como todas las obras gráficas de Alan Moore, el tratamento narrativo que le da a este personaje de la época de oro de los cómics es soberbia.
Otavio Venturoli
Those people that are complaining, have not seen where Alam Moore can arrive with the character. And after him Neil Gaiman. Geniuses
This is a strange book. Considering almost half of its length is supplemental material, it comes across more as an archive of the series than a book in and of itself. But couple that with the limitations placed by contract disputes or trials making it so the authors' names aren't actually included anywhere (replaced by 'the original author' and obvious pseudonym 'cat yronwode'), it kind of fails on the historical document approach.

The story itself is interesting, overall not nearly as transgress
Aug 03, 2009 D.M. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comic geeks par excellence
This continues Moore's reconstruction of 1950s UK superhero Marvelman, and indeed the way we came to look at superheroes in general.
In this book, we find Miracleman's human counterpart Mike Moran's wife, Liz, pregnant with her & Miracleman's (potentially super) baby, as well as witnessing the current whereabouts of MM's mysterious 'father' Emil Gargunza...and his nefarious plans for the future young Moran. We also are introduced to some pivotal new characters, toward the end of the book.
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Around this time, Eclipse finished reprinting the 8 page Miracle/Marvelman installments from Warrior and started publishing new material that picked up where those left off. Unfortunately, we lose Alan Davis in the shuffle and he gets replaced by (sigh) Chuck Beckum/Austen. How that guy ever got work as an artist or a writer is one of the great mysteries of the comics world. But then we get Rick Veitch, who I don't like as much as Davis, but I still like him and it's still a distinct improvement ...more
The middle section of the trilogy, admittedly weaker than those surrounding it. Chuck Beckham's art is very basic and traditional, and when compared to Garry Leach's preceding darkness, and John Totelben's succeeding kaleidoscope, his 'How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way' style doesn't hold up. Even Moore seems like he's not on his A-game, Miracleman's battle with Gargunza, while satisfying and poetic, feels too simple and typical for the man who reinvented comics. Of course, it's still written (i ...more
We learn more about the origin of Miracleman and the Miracleman family and Dr. Gargunza's personal motivations while working for the British on Project Zarathustra. While that chapter of the story is wrapped up new questions arise in the form of two mysterious agents traveling to find the "Miracles" on earth, both those we know about and those we don't yet know. The super being as monster to be feared take on Miracleman and the other super powered beings in this book was more original at the tim ...more
Stewart Tame
It's so nice to have this classic series back in print. Still not sure why Alan Moore's name doesn't actually appear anywhere--they refer, cryptically, to "The Original Writer" when they refer to him at all. I'm sure there's a story there ... This volume is a bit of a let-down after the first, mainly due to its being padded out with sketches and looks at the original artwork. Don't get me wrong: I like this sort of thing, and it can be fascinating to see how the artwork evolves from the first ro ...more
Drown Hollum
The bummer is that the Miracleman hardcover reprints are needlessly bloated with insignificant supplemental content, hoping to justify the meaty price tag. The good news is that the story is every bit as incredible as you've been led to believe.

Things continue here in "Red King Syndrome" as we get the back story behind Emil Gargunza, and the birth of Micky Moran's child. Some incredible stuff happens, with gorgeously remastered art and a timeless story of superhumanity. Some really challenging
Shannon Appelcline
Moore's deconstruction of Captain Marvel continues along rather delightfully. In many ways, this volume is quieter than the original, but it still continues to look at superheroics in interesting ways —both in the true malevolence of the villains and in the drama of real life.

The panel showing all those alternate bodies floating in limbo in the last installment of this volume is one of those images that haunts me, and a great example of how carefully Moore rethought the underlying mythology of
Timothy Boyd
The dark history of Miracleman's origin is told. Nice art and excellent writing make this a very interesting read. Very recommended if you want to try a different comic read.
A strong second act in the "Miracleman" series. This volume delves more into his origin and how/why he was created. MM's creator has grand designs on MM's unborn daughter.

I'm a sucker for alien stories/Frankenstein stories/Project Manhattan-like creation stories and I tell you what, this had all three.

Word of warning: Don't be fooled by the old-fashioned look of the artwork; there are some extremely graphic scenes of child-birth, people being ripped in half, and there's even one guy who's turned
Jared Millet
Holy Macaroni, if that wasn't the single most appropriate use of a "Parental Advisory" warning I've ever seen in my life. If you've read it, you'll know exactly what scene I'm talking about. I'd have never guessed that the "edgy" Alan Moore of Watchmen and V for Vendetta was really a watered-down version of the bat$#!t bloody Alan Moore of his early career.

Moore, sorry, "The Original Author" is sure sticking with his 'supermen as monsters' thesis, but he also lets Michael Moran's humanity show t
Jason Ragle
This series still holds up remarkably well and goes to show how ahead of his time Alan Moore really was. Pity some of the art doesn't match the quality of the writing.
I liked this volume more than the last, which apparently isn't a very popular opinion from what I gather reading through the reviews here. The writing is still just a bit rough, and yes, the Mr. Sapphire character is a horrible cliche, but this is practically the first thing Moore ever had published so I can overlook a few rookie mistakes. What I liked most about this story was that I could see Moore toying with a few superhero story elements that he would later perfect in Supreme.
In book two of Alan Moore's brilliant super heroes in the real world saga we get more answers as to how the Miracle Family got to the real world and things go bad as we discover that the evil mad scientist didn't just exist in the comic books.

More of same great mix of real world ideas and problems balanced with big cosmic feeling moments.
An example how how you can do comics that are 'modern' and 'real' without all that crap and baggage that most writers think is really clever. Yes, Mark Millar,
Not as good as the initial volume, with its epic fight between Miracleman and the evil Kid Miracleman, this still has its moments, including the death of Dr. Gargunza and the birth of Miracleman's daughter, Winter (in some of the most graphic illustrations I've ever seen). The volume still seems largely like a cash grab, since about half of it is given over to a gallery of alternate cover art, rough pencil and ink illustrations, and so forth (all with a cover price of $34.99? ouch).
Alan Moore's (i.e. The Original Writer) body of work certainly didn't sustain this level of creativity and innovation but, when one reads these stories, which hit the shelves just a few short years before Watchmen and V for Vendetta, they are witnessing a writer in top form and on the cusp of excellence.

This groundbreaking series has been unavailable for so long that it is such a pleasure to revisit (well, sans the creepy dog and detailed childbirth).
Michael Anderson
More of this great story. I notice that Alan Moore is not listed as the author. Rather, the story is attributed to "The Original Writer". I guess the ownership issues that tied this up for years were pretty significant.
Barry Bridges
The artwork goes down hill a bit from the heights of Alan Davis through Chuck Austen to the poorer quality of Rick Veitch. It's a well thought out origin story with a twist at the end which sets us up for Book 3.
Andrew Williams
The pace slows down a bit, but not really, as Miracleman finally comes face to face with his creator, then is forced to immediately deal with his pregnant wife and the delivery of their child.
Cory Miron
I am so happy that this is finally being collected. The only thing I still find odd is that Alan Moore's name is not attached to it. That guy really hates Marvel.
Daniel Butcher
Matt...graphic scene of child birth!

I find this fine, but not as revolutionary as when it actually came out.
Francisco Becerra
The awesomeness took new amazing heights in this volume. Love it!
More than half that page count is for "extras". Very annoying, that. Consisting of pencil or penciled and inked artwork. The actual content is pretty good. Not loving it though. Interesting to see Alan Davis's work shed it humble beginnings and watch him develop his distinctive style.
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