YMMV / Miracleman

  • Awesome Moments: In Chapter 5: "Bates...LEAVE HER ALONE!" [Cue Megaton Punch]
  • 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: Subverted and deconstructed in Alan Moore's 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.
  • Genius Bonus: Both the Moore and Gaiman runs are filled with references to obscure books, films, and music.
  • My Real Daddy: Alan Moore is pretty much the only reason Miracleman hasn't disappeared into the mists of obscurity.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Pretty much anything Kid Miracleman does.
    • Liz has a horrific visions of her unborn child as born limbless, with a mouth spewing pus and blood in endless screams.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Andy Warhol appears in just one issue of Neil Gaiman's run, and yet it's the one issue everyone considers to be the best of his run, mostly for its intriguing exploration of Warhol, the experimental art-style and the portrayal of Gargunza's legacy.
  • 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.
    • And it's not even the comic's fault, but in part it was all the legal issues regarding the rights to the title, which caused many new readers come late to a book that was groundbreaking in its time and preceded most of the titles associated with the Dark Age proper.
    • Many of the ideas used here, such as superhumans becoming distanced from humanity and sexuality of superheroes, have been explored later and appear less groundbreaking, including by Alan Moore himself in 'Watchmen'.
  • 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.
  • Tearjerker:
    • After Liz and Winter both leave Miracleman, Mike "commits suicide" by never changing back from Miracleman.
    • During the fight with Kid Miracleman, Miracleman realises that the only way to stop him for good is to kill him. He does by waiting for Kid Miracleman to transform back into Jonathan, and then snaps his neck.
      • What really kills it is Miracleman bawling his eyes out after the fact. He might not be a human or even an effective hero, but by God he tries.
    • When Young Miracleman is resurrected some 40 years after his death, Miracleman first wants to acclimate him slowly to the enormous changes the world has gone through, but this doesnt work out. When YM retires to his room after being given the full scope of what he and the others really are, and what happened to Johnny Bates, we get this scene.
    Young Miracleman: *near tears* Y-y-young Miracleman... *transforms back into his human identity* I-I wuh-want my muh-Mum...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Line Art: Not as widely-decried as the likes of, say, The Killing Joke or V for Vendetta, but you'll find few people who think the Eclipse-colored editions of the first two arcs is better than the original B&W Warrior issues.
  • The Woobie:
    • Mike Moran, the pathetically (though realistically) human version of Miracleman.
    • Liz Moran, who has her relatively happy life absolutely shredded by the events of the comic.
    • 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.
    • Mist's mother, Rachel. Her husband and stepson dump her for a Japanese woman, and when Miracleman sends her a sample of his sperm to make up for her infertility, the super-baby it produces makes her feel more obsolete and inadequate than ever. She's notably the most miserable of the characters introduced in The Golden Age, and even the Carnival fails to cheer her up.