I don't know if the purported continuity cleanup that was the stated rationale for this series was truly necessary. Still and all, this is pretty muchI don't know if the purported continuity cleanup that was the stated rationale for this series was truly necessary. Still and all, this is pretty much the yardstick by which all subsequent company-wide crossovers are measured. I think it still holds up better than any "event" series since.
First, the art is top notch. Wolfman's writing manages to service the multiple, multiple needs of the series while still giving a strong through-line. Unlike other events to follow in its wake, everything you need is in the 12 main issues of the series. There were many crossovers by the regular teams in monthly books, to a lesser or greater degree, that fleshed out moments or storylines. But they were done in such a way that you didn't have to read them all to get what was going on in Crisis. (With the possibility of the Superboy-Prime story, which is not included here.)
As to this latest re-packaging of the series, the presentation is pretty well impeccable. I wish they had included the publication version of the covers and not removed the editors notes to other issues, as that would have made tracking down the tie-ins easier. Also included is The History of the DC Universe, which features even more great Perez art, even if it's history was rapidly abandoned by the ever-changing post-Crisis DC universe.
Not quite as comprehensive as the Absolute set from over a decade ago, but much less pricey....more
In a run of indispensable 80s classics—V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Watchmen—Miracleman, for me, noses out the others by a razor-thin margin to by, IMIn a run of indispensable 80s classics—V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Watchmen—Miracleman, for me, noses out the others by a razor-thin margin to by, IMO, Moore's (or "The Original Writer"'s) best work. Unlike the others, due to publisher bankruptcy and subsequent legal disputes, this classic fell out of print, with back issues and previous collected editions fetching exorbitant prices. Luckily, I had an almost complete run. But for everyone else, Miracleman is back!
I won't belabor the praise of the series itself. It's just great and holds up far beyond an "it was great for the time" nostalgia.
So, I'll move on to a review of this new 2014 Marvel edition. Simply, it's good and worth the money. It could be so much better and it is a disappointment that a better, "deluxe edition" was not offered. This series deserves a hardcover collection of the highest quality.
Here, you get no-dust jacket, standard glued binding similar to marvel's recent Season One line. Paper is that modern, slick and glossy stock that is used in monthly comics. Though holding the colors well, it just feels cheap. By comparison, the paperstock in my original Eclipse paperback edition of this volume is much better to hold/flip through.
The new inks/colors are fantastic. They give the book a better look than the originals, where the color palette was often muted and muddied by the production limitations of the time. More detail is added, but it feels right for the time the comic was originally produced and not slick and Photoshopped.
The copyeditors have let unintentional typos slip through that were not in the original. They have also decided that today's readers, despite a warning label, cannot handle the "strong language" of the dreaded "N-word" being spelled out, where it was in the original.
No change or editing of Johnny Bate's attempted infanticide and other horrors, but Lordy, don't spell out THAT WORD!
As others have noted, the Warpsmith stories try to be experimental in that Michael Moorcock, New Wave SF kind of way, but just fall a little flat. Moore's work, especially early on, I think shows a heavy influence from that direction.
Due to the legal actions involving the Deluxe series, I doubted these would ever get reprinted.
Can't be more glad I was wrong!
This includes great workDue to the legal actions involving the Deluxe series, I doubted these would ever get reprinted.
Can't be more glad I was wrong!
This includes great work from Perez, Giffen, Cockrum, and Ditko. In particular, this is an absolute must-have for Perez fans. The covers and Raven stories are absolutely great.
The only bad part is that, due to the legal action, publishing stopped with a cliffhanger issue. The crossover in that last issue is with another Deluxe book, Codename: Danger, which I also recommend f you can track it down.
This collection also throws in an abortive Agents reboot from Omni Comics.
I haven't had time to pull out my back issues and confirm it, but I suspect there was some minor issues reproducing the colors 100% correctly. At times it feels like a color photocopy.
Still, this one gets top shelf placement along my Sandman hardcovers....more