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Miracleman Omnibus coming but where are Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham issues?

Marvel celebrates the 40th anniversary of ‘Miracleman’ with new Omnibus out in September 2022.

Press Release

Marvel Comics has announced a Miracleman Omnibus just days after Timeless #1 revealed Miracleman will somehow be used by Marvel in 2022. Set for release in September 2022, this collection features the first-ever appearance of the character as well as stories printed between 1982 to 1989 and the All-New Miracleman Annual published in 2014. What appears to be absent, however, are Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham’s issues which ran from Miracleman #17-24.

The Omnibus will feature a trove of covers (check out Kevin Nowlan’s process images), original artwork, “rare features,” and will include: 

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  • Material from Warrior (1982) 1-18, 20-21
  • Miracleman (1985) 1, 3, 6-16
  • Marvelman Special (1984) 1
  • Material from A1 (1989) 1
  • All-New Miracleman Annual (2014)

Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham began their run on the series with #17, which was published in June 1990. Not only is Miracleman Gaiman’s first comics work–which he said was his breakthrough as a writer just last year–but it’s a character he gained part ownership of when Alan Moore gave him his ownership.

Miracleman Omnibus Neil Gaiman

That was countered in 1996 when Todd McFarlane bought Eclipse assets at auction which at the time included trademarks and character rights to Miracleman. There’s a great timeline of events involving the Miracleman rights, which Gaiman himself has said is well researched.

Gaiman and Buckingham’s run on the series ended with Miracleman #24, but when Eclipse Comics went bankrupt in 1994 issue #25 was completed but never published.

Whether or not Marvel will publish the remaining issues of Miracleman remains to be seen, although it does seem strange those issues aren’t collected here seeing as this is an Omnibus collection. It could be very possible Gaiman and Buckingham are set to wrap up the series in single issues this year, then Marvel will collect their entire run in its own collection.

There are numerous trade paperback options to read Miracleman currently, though nothing in an Omnibus format.

So what’s Miracleman about?

Middle-aged reporter Michael Moran always knew he was meant for something more. When an unexpected series of events leads him to reclaim his destiny, Miracleman is reborn. But Miracleman’s return threatens unravel Moran’s life. Their connections to Dr. Emil Gargunza and Project Zarathustra bring with them disturbing revelations and trigger the return of a childhood friend who, beneath his sinister smile, has become something terrifying. Pushing the concept of the super hero to its logical conclusion, MIRACLEMAN is nothing short of a revelation.

A wonderful essay by George Khoury details the revival of Miracleman here.

For more on the Omnibus news, read the official Marvel press release below.

New York, NY— December 31, 2021 — KIMOTA! In honor of the 40th anniversary of Miracleman’s groundbreaking reinvention, Marvel is proud to announce the brand-new MIRACLEMAN OMNIBUS. This extraordinary collection will house the influential work on the character from all of its legendary creators such as Alan Davis, Garry Leach, John Totleben, and more. Fans and comic book history aficionados will finally get a chance to uncover Miracleman’s origins, his incredible feats and the everyday struggles of his alter ego, freelance reporter Michael Moran, who must reconcile his life as the lesser half of a god in glorious Omnibus format. Considered one of the medium’s greatest masterpieces, Miracleman’s adventures launched a new wave of comic book storytelling and its extraordinary impact on the super hero genre is still felt to this day.

Middle-aged reporter Michael Moran always knew he was meant for something more. When an unexpected series of events leads him to reclaim his destiny, Miracleman is reborn. But Miracleman’s return threatens unravel Moran’s life. Their connections to Dr. Emil Gargunza and Project Zarathustra bring with them disturbing revelations and trigger the return of a childhood friend who, beneath his sinister smile, has become something terrifying. Pushing the concept of the super hero to its logical conclusion, MIRACLEMAN is nothing short of a revelation.

This first-ever Omnibus edition, complete with a massive trove of covers, original artwork and rare features, will include:

·       Material from Warrior (1982) 1-18, 20-21

·       Miracleman (1985) 1, 3, 6-16

·       Marvelman Special (1984) 1

·       Material from A1 (1989) 1

·       All-New Miracleman Annual (2014)

Check out two of the direct market exclusive covers featuring artwork by Miracleman artist Garry Leach as well as artist Kevin Nowlan. Stay tuned for the reveal of the all-new main cover by comics great Alan Davis and experience the series that transformed the super hero and stands as one of the most influential works in the comic book artform in an all-new format when the MIRACLEMAN OMNIBUS arrives in September 2022.

MIRACLEMAN OMNIBUS HC

Cover by ALAN DAVIS

DM Variant Cover by KEVIN NOWLAN

DM Classic Cover by GARRY LEACH

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