The early 1990’s was a much better time than most people think. Yes, there was a crushing recession, a Tory government, high unemployment and things were a bit crap if you were on the dole but there was a lot of good comics then. Sadly, I never really classed the continuation of Alan Moore’s Miracleman as a great comic at the time. Decent, but nothing outstanding.
This is an example of a story I thought dull at the time, but through the joys of old age I appreciate more. I still don’t think it’s a great issue, but it’s more than just a good comic.
The story itself is centered round a woman Rachel, and her family, including her daughter Mist who happens to be a superhuman along the lines of Miracleman’s daughter Winter. Mist’s returned from her travels for Winter’s festival.
The main part of this story is Rachel telling the story of Winter’s journey into space to visit the Qys, and it’s nicely told but it’s the ideas in the first half of the story of forgiveness, loss and celebration that are the interesting ones as we investigate this world of superheroes and a humanity getting to grips with the fact they’re no longer important as they once were.
It’s a nice story. It’s sweet in places, and it helps fill in the gaps in the story as well convey the fact that humans are struggling to cope with superhumans who in many cases they’ve given birth to as Rachel has with Mist.
As for the backup story, that creeps on with a body being grown but who is it? Of course if you’ve been reading you’ll know, but it’s still a nice tease.
I love the Jack Kirby inspired circuitry Mark Buckingham has put in the panel above. It’s glorious.
The rest of the issue is as usual, made up of original art from the Eclipse Comics issue published back in the early 1990’s. Overall this is very much an issue that’s a step on the way to something larger, and overall it’s that story I’m more interested in getting on with.