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Miracleman, Vol. 3: Olympus (Miracleman #3)

4.48 of 5 stars 4.48  ·  rating details  ·  1,128 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Book Three of the New York Times bestselling series begins! Gods and monsters walk the earth, as the aliens whose technology created Miracleman seek to exterminate Project Zarathustra's survivors. And even as the future of humankind hangs in the balance on the far side of the galaxy, and the month-old baby Winter begins to speak, the price of godhood takes its toll on John ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Marvel Comics (first published September 1991)
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Oh dear. There's a really good, really interesting story here. But too often, it gets buried beneath layers and layers of Moore's purple prose. For the most part, I could get through it fine. But every now and then, I'd come across a caption or a panel or even an entire page so horribly overwritten that I'd have to take a break from the book. It took me almost twice as long to read this one as it normally would a graphic novel of this size. And unfortunately, that wasn't because it was giving me ...more
Sam Quixote
That’s it, I give up! I’ve struggled for two weeks to get through this third and final book in Alan Moore’s Miracleman trilogy and I can’t do it; it’s too depressing. I gave up on page 62, just over the halfway mark(!), but I’m going to review it anyway partly because not being able to finish the book says something about it in itself but also because the 62 pages I read were some of the worst comics pages I’ve ever read.

So spoilers from here on out because I have to get specific.

Mike Moran an
Holy hell, Moore knows how to close off a saga; the storyline starts off exponentially more widescreen and epic than the last, and just grows from there. John Totelben's art is light years beyond Chuck Bekham's scribbles, and though I still miss Alan Davis and Garry Leach's dark, vicious shadows of the first book, Totelben's work on Marvelman's Ragnarok in issue 15 is impressively shocking and appalling. Moore is in full flower again, a story that posits superheroes as literal gods and takes an ...more
Considered along with the previous two volumes, this is my pick for Alan Moore's best work. It's out of print, alas, and unlikely to be reprinted soon, given the ongoing legal battle over the rights (between Neil Gaiman, Todd McFarlane, and others).

This third collection starts as a more or less conventional superhero comic, but veers into strange and SFnal territory. In modern terms, I consider it to be a story about the rise of a singularity, and one of the best, regardless of medium. I can onl
Well that was a waste of money!

I loved vol.1 of Miracleman, vol. 2 was not as good, but this, this was just terrible.

It was as if Alan Moore just took a load of acid and dumped his poetic nonsense onto paper. It's such a shame because amongst it all was a good story, but it wasn't exposed enough.

Pages full of nonsense, what a waste and a spoilt ending to what could have been a great series.
Jared Millet
After such a glorious beginning to Moore's Miracleman saga, the ending stumbles and falls unexpectedly flat. What's frustrating is that there's so much potential goodness here - the alien space-gods, the slow death of Miracleman's "normal" life, the horrific return of Kid Miracleman. There are many ideas here that would find a better expression later in Moore's career.

What killed Miracleman III for me was the framing device: the hero is recounting all these events from a vantage point five years
Well it's not quite the masterpiece I remember it being, but it's really good. It's very well paced, with a satisfying climax and conclusion that justifies the slowness of the first two volumes. The infamous issue #15 is every bit as brutal and painful as its reputation suggests. A lot of the credit for that goes to John Totleben, who turns in wonderfully detailed and dream-like art, even though he was in the process going blind at the time! My main criticism is with Moore's prose. He is general ...more
I'm not a big fan of poetry and this one was definitely verging on graphic novel poetry. Also the story is being confused with inferences to higher states of being in the human mind like the Promethea comics explore. As exploring this mystical soul version of the capabilities of the human mind, it clashes with my empirical version of reality. I really have trouble giving the work credence beyond someone trying to force their own perspective of reality, especially when it's detrimental to the dev ...more
It seemed at points that while writing this Alan Moore was going to leave our plane of existence and depart on the metaphysical bullshit express train that he is a frequent passenger on these days, but he held it together long enough to complete this story with a coherent (and very thorough) ending. Unfortunately, the ending lacked the appropriate "Fuck Yeah!" that I was expecting from this long-out-of-print, way-over-hyped book. It's good, but it isn't worth the price that the back issues cost ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Seeing the Golden Age frame that surrounds these stories is terrific. Sure, it's overwritten at times, but you can nonetheless see the beauty of this extrapolation of superdom —as well as the germs of many of the ideas that Gaiman later developed.

Of course the main story takes place five years before that global apotheosis. It starts out by moving the Miracle family to the galactic stage, something that was promised since the earliest days of the comic, and thus acts as a nice bookend. Unfortuna
Drown Hollum
This is super tough to rate for a lot of reasons. On one hand, yes, it is genius. Absolutely, this is was a turning point for caped heroes, and there's no denying that. We are totally lucky to have Miracleman in print again, and as a benchmark of Alan Moore's work, it's an awesome thing. The art is wonderful, with wildly realized new worlds, yeah for sure, this is great literature.

On the other hand, it hasn't aged totally well. Back in its day, the sort of prose Moore delivered on every page wa
Aaron Wickstrom
I don't know how a book gets more than a 5 star rating, but the end to Moore's section of the Miracleman story is about as purely amazing as comic books get.
Daryl Nash
I'm giving this one five stars, but I'm not really sure I liked it.

The art is gorgeous, full stop, so we can get that out of the way first.

But I don't think this is Moore's most compelling work: Watchmen and Swamp Thing are his best work from this time period. Part of the reason Olympus left me cold was that it is framed as a retrospective, which gives all of the events a narrative distance and removes the immediacy. It reads almost like an outline for a story rather than the story itself. Also
Zack Zildjan
I'm sure I've said it before...probably more than once...and I'm sure I'm not the only one who has, but it bears repeating. Nobody, I mean NOBODY, deconstructs (and then reconstructs) the superhero better than Alan Moore.
This collects the last part of Moore's run on Miracleman...and it doesn't disappoint. As a whole, the series is spectacular (Moore's run, at least). I'm looking forward to Marvel re-releasing Neil Gaiman's run (which picks up where Olympus leaves off). These are some big shoes t
Matt Knippel
this is a dense, ugly, and epic conclusion to the surprisingly weighty revival of Miracleman from the 80s. but honestly what would you expect w/ Alan Moore (or The Original Writer as he's credited here) writing it? but this was before Alan Moore was Alan Moore so these books offer a glimpse of what Moore was up to before his bigger books. and what he was up to was a lot of the same stuff he'd become hugely famous for, namely smashing expectations and turning the once noble superhero into somethi ...more
May 13, 2008 Alberto rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone interested in great comics / Cualquier interesado en lo mejor del cómic
Shelves: rarezas_rarities
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At times Moore is brilliant. At other times he's ostentatious and naive.

He's trying too hard to elevate comic book writing to high art and it just comes out as silly. (view spoiler)

When Moore just focuses on writing a good
Aug 03, 2009 D.M. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comic geeks, art freaks, those yearning for a new world order that works
Extraordinary. Although it's utterly meaningless without having read the two prior books, this is absolutely the pinnacle of the Moore run on Miracleman. Word is, he only did this third book at all because they got supreme comic artist John Totleben to work with him for its entirety. We're so fortunate they did, and he did.
This is the new world, when Miracleman, Avril, and the Warpsmiths have revealed their presence to the planet. It was not, we see as the tale unravels, an easy trek to make. A
Genius. Just genius. Very glad to finally have this back in print and accessible to those who'd prefer not to spend lots of money on the rare original issues or the rare original trades.

Includes lots of archival material, which is interesting to a point. However, the slavish redaction of the words "Alan Moore" from any of the archival material is annoying. Somehow I doubt an Eclipse house ad circa 1989 promoted the "critically acclaimed writing power of The Original Writer"!!!

Also, a comparison
Stewart Tame
Lovely! I hadn't realized that some of this was published as recently as 2014. I seem to recall that Neil Gaiman's run on the title immediately followed Moore's, so I wonder if any of the recent concluding chapters here invalidate any of Gaiman's continuity? It's been so long since I read any of the original comics that I'd forgotten huge chunks of this. The conclusion of this volume was well-handled and highly satisfying. The last half of the book is chock full of sketches and other bonus mater ...more
May 14, 2012 Paul rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: comic
Miracleman (MM) is said to be Moore's yin to the Super hero genre while watchman is his yang. I loved MM1-2 but MM3 was a real disappointment. Moore shows an absolute ignorance of economics, human nature and energy production. While the first two volumes of MM are brilliant, this third is overly long, violent and trite. The narrative is far too dense and preachy. Moore is more at home in the realm of Sci fi style pseudoscience and magic then the actual real world. Look MM and Watchman could have ...more
More of the influence of various mythologies on the Superhero as god story in this volume made this an interesting read. Introducing another alien race and a intergalactic cold war, along with Miracle Woman and a second superhero program this book had a more philosophical feel. Some of that philosophy combined with the art and the destruction wrought by Kid Miracleman (in addition to the 80's look to much of the art) made me feel like listening to metal bands while I sketched in my spiral notebo ...more
Michael Anderson
Just a wonderful story all around. But, having read it all, the three hardcover volumes seem substantially overpriced. The actual story takes up less than half the total volume page count, the rest being black and white reproductions of penciled pages, inked pages, etc. A few of these would have been welcomed, but not the number included. A single omnibus volume with all 16 issues in it, along with supplemental stories and a few pages outlining the history and controversy surrounding the series, ...more
Jun 11, 2015 J rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Some of Moore's most beautiful writing, the climax of this storyline is truly fantastic, but there are some groaners where Moore takes 30 words to say what 10 would do, so in love is he with his own writing voice. Brilliant but there's a point where you want to roll your eyes and go, Oh come on now, Alan, surely that's a bit rich, no?
Stefani - SpelingExpirt
I'm not sure why I continue to read this, probably because it is on my pull list for my gf and I read all the comics that come into the flat but by god I hate this. Volume 2 was actually pretty decent which is probably why this volume angers me so much. I despise every single character.
Joe K
An amazing look at what superheroes in a normal world are capable of - both good and bad. This definitely felt like a wrap-up of all the themes and ideas that started in the first two books.
Taylor Cayes
Alan Moore truly does unprecedented work here, showing us an "ideal" superhero who makes difficult choices. The extent to which Moore meticulously depicts a large chunk of the character's story is ambitious and masterfully executed.
Alright. You lost me there. I couldn't follow this back then in the 80s and I still can't follow it now. I read parts of it but I didn't make it all the way through. Takes a better man than I.
Francisco Becerra
This was the perfect close: epic, shredding, devantating. Never before seen images of destruction and beauty finely woven with magnificent prose. I almost cried seeing it ending.
Terrible. Did I miss something?
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egypt
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