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Miracleman, Book Three: Olympus

(Miracleman #3)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  1,896 ratings  ·  114 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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The Miracleman changed and the whole world with him!

This TPB collects the third storyarc known as “Olympus” featuring issues #11-16 of “Miracleman”, plus additional stories “October Incident: 1966” & “Seriously Miraculous”, along with a “Behind-of-Scenes” section with sketches, pin-ups, cover variants, etc…

Warning: This TPB contains “Mature Content”

Creative Team:

Writer: Alan Moore (despicted as “The Original Writer”, based on characters created by Mick Anglo), also Grant Morrison (for the
Dan Schwent
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, comics, 2016-comics
Aliens come looking for Miracleman. Winter, Miracleman's daughter, begins speaking before she's a month old. Miraclewoman makes her presence known. Kid Miracleman returns. A utopia is created.

The third Miracleman volume is kind of a disappointment. Firstly, it's a wordy son of a bitch, huge blocks of purple prose on every page. Secondly, apart from Kid Miracleman returning, it's pretty damn boring. Utopia is just as uninteresting as it sounds. Not only that, Miracleman went from being a revision
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
Nicolo Yu
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collected-comics
This was an excellently produced collection, though too expensive, especially since it also had less than half the page count in story.

It's an ending, and Moore took it to its natural conclusion. I like the inherent optimism of a benevolent hero-god who will husband the entire human race into the heavens and beyond.
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superhumans
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
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well that was a waste of effort!

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.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superheroes, comics
The growing pains of the second volume are mostly over by now, and Moore gets the balance of light and dark right in his final Miracleman issues. Taking the whole "What would superpowers be like in the real world, maaaan" thing to its logical extremes, Moore gives us both an entire city leveled, and the establishment of a worldwide utopia free from poverty and hunger. Moore goes big and poetic without losing sight of the real-world politics he's commenting on; his mix of hippie idealism and grim ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 of going blind at the time! My main criticism is with Moore's prose. He is gene ...more
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
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grim-n-gritty
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
Daniel Phillips
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of both comics and serious literature
After what I thought was a decline in quality from Book One to Book Two, I think this third and final instalment may be the most significant of them all. This features the best artwork of the entire series; it's uncanny, dreamlike, rich, painterly, poetic, haunting, and poised precariously between ugly and beautiful, with some truly striking, grandiose, and beguiling images, such as the huge statues, the Mors god, the swan-shaped funeral-boat, and the vistas of a future utopia.

The writing is the
Strap yourself in. This one's a long one....

And so we come to this: the final volume in Alan Moore's run on Miracleman and I'm just going to come out and say it.

This is not a strong end to what started as a decent story. In fact it actually took me a lot longer to push through this volume than it really should have. I felt like I was passing a kidney stone the size of Mt. Olympus itself just trying to get through this.

Miracleman: Olympus in some ways feels like such a departure from the last two
Stewart Tame
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Aaron Wickstrom
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This volume is the Moore I was expecting! While Book Two felt like an examination of abuse and what the ramifications were, Book Three is more of a study on what if a super-being truly wanted to better the world?

But before that, Moore wraps up all of the loose plot threads, wiping the board clean and setting up both the perfect ending as well as preparing for a new beginning. The final conflict of good vs. evil is inevitable and Moore knows this, but even though the destination is a given, the
Britton Summers

(Some Spoilers Will Follow)

"And sometimes...sometimes, I just wonder"

it is here that we see the end of the first series in Alan Moore's spiritual superhero trilogy, which ends on a rather paradoxical note, as we see one of the weaker stories in Alan's Miracleman run, but one he makes up for with an ending that will punch you straight in the nuts and make you say thank you for it. It was truly the ending of the series that got me to really love this and declare it one of Alan's more underrated
Peter Derk
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: wizard-100
This book is like MAXIMUM ALAN MOORE for a hot minute there. There's rape, then boys butt raping each other, then a bunch of prose that's really poetic-sounding but also just sort of confusing and unpleasant to read.

It really gets somewhere by the end. I thought the ending was pretty good, and the storyline here is pretty appealing. It's a fitting cap to the Miracleman line, and for something written so long ago, it GOES there. I mean, there is some seriously fucked up imagery in the last book,
Jamie Connolly
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Totally absurd! If you’re interested in seeing a sparkling baby fly naked out of an apartment window and into outer space then this book is for you! Or if you want to read whole pages and pages dedicated solely to miracleman doing interpretive dancing about his feeling than you should read this book! But that ending though was phenomenal. 5 stars.
Jamie Sigal
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The payoff volume of Moore's Miracleman saga delivers everything I was promised and then some!
Shannon Appelcline
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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. Unfortun
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
Daryl Nash
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Matt Knippel
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Michael Anderson
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
(Spoiler alert)

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
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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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 Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

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