Marvel has just announced more details about its star-studded, giant-sized one-shot to celebrate Miracleman's 40th anniversary.
The initial press release from Marvel Comics revealed that Miracleman #0 is preparing for "a startling new era of the iconic hero," and would feature not only Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham's prelude to this new era, but also new stories by Jason Aaron (The Avengers, Thor, Scalped) and Mike Carey (Lucifer, Hellblazer, The Unwritten), Ty Templeton (The Batman Adventures), Ryan Stegman (Venom, She-Hulk, X-23), and more. This issue will feature a cover by Alan Davis (Captain Britain, The Uncanny X-Men, JLA). Now, Marvel has released new details about what each creator will be doing for the issue.
Stegman will write and draw a short centering around Young Miracleman as he faces off against classic Miracleman villain Big Ben, while Mike Carey and artist Paul Davidson (Moon Knight, Conan) tackle another supporting cast member with the introduction of a new Warpsmith. Peach Momoko, meanwhile, will offer a story about "the deadly price of Kimota’s power," according to the publisher.
Not everyone is avoiding the title character, however; Jason Aaron is re-teaming with artist Lenil Francis Yu for what's being described as a "thought-provoking story" in which Miracleman meets his maker, while Ty Templeton will be offering multiple strips exploring the impact Miracleman has had on the world around him.
Additionally, the one-shot will feature a preview of Miracleman: The Silver Age #1, which has been redrawn by Buckingham in advance of the story arc's completion after almost three decades. Look below for preview art from the issue.
This Miracleman one-shot is set to come out in October to coincide with the anniversary of the modernization of the 1953 superhero Marvelman by Alan Moore and Gary Leach in 1982. In 1985, the character was re-named to Miracleman to avoid legal troubles with Marvel Comics, which later announced that they had purchased the rights to the character in 2009. Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham had a particularly beloved run with the character in the '80s, which is why it is so exciting for fans of the character to see the creative team's return to the comic and this beloved and interesting character.
Make sure to keep an eye out for what should be a pretty exciting chapter of Miracleman, as Marvel celebrates 40 years of his modernization this coming October.
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