YMMV: Miracleman

  • Complete Monster: Kid Miracleman (a.k.a. Jonathan Bates), as re-envisioned by Alan Moore and John Totleben, is both so powerful and so psychotic that his alter ego, the young and innocent Johnny Bates, resists uttering his transformation word. When Johnny finally does so to stop the boys in his group home from raping him, Kid Miracleman tears apart his assailants and momentarily considers sparing the one nurse who'd been kind to him. Then he reconsiders, lest people say he's "going soft", and punches the top half of her head into a fine red mist. And that's just the beginning: he then rampages through London, creating possibly the most visceral Scenery Gorn in history by massacring tens of thousands and desecrating their corpses by draping their flayed skins from clothes lines, creating a chessboard with breasts as pieces, and making a rain of severed hands and feet. During his destructive rampage, he prefers to mutilate the children in his path rather than kill them outright.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Heavily subverted and deconstructed in the final issue. It seems to be saying an all-powerful superhuman to stepping in and ruling the world to suit his own standards is a good thing that will turn humanity into a Crystal Spires and Togas Mary Sue Topia. However the ending is highly ambiguous, giving a sense that humanity has become a joke of some sorts and Miracleman at the end, is filled with doubt if what happened was the right thing or not.
  • Foe Yay: Between Miracleman and Dr. Gargunza. Reaches it's most disturbing when Miracleman kisses Gargunza as the doctor dies.
  • My Real Daddy: Alan Moore is pretty much the only reason Miracleman hasn't disappeared into the mists of obscurity.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: A lot of the things about the series are much less unfamiliar to readers after the whole Dark Age of Comic Books, mainly because comics have became less afraid to show explicit violent or sexual images. That said, the sheer amount of Gorn caused by Kid Miracleman manages to avert this; no amount of Nineties Anti-Heroes can prepare you for some of the shit he does.
  • Spiritual Anti Thesis: Alan Moore's landmark run is frequently described as "Superman told as a horror story". Moore would later create an anti-thesis of his own work on this comic through his run on Supreme.
  • The Woobie: Mike Moran, the pathetically (though realistically) human version of Miracleman. And Jonathan Bates, the even more tragic Secret Identity of Kid Miracleman.
    • Big Ben. The look of horror and heartbreak on his bruised face once he begins to realise that his entire life has been a lie...
    • Young Miracleman. Gets killed, then revived, and then has to explore the radically changed world and what happened to his friends disturbs him deeply. The look of betrayal, horror, and heartbreak when Miracleman kisses him just speaks volumes on how much the poor kid had been holding in his anger and confusion since his revival.