Monday, November 2, 2015

Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham #2 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

It's still unclear where Gaiman is going with this title, since he continues to focus more on building the new world that Moore left him than advancing a specific plot.  In this issue, he follows the theme of the last one, showing us stories from the point of view of the humans that live in this world.  Surprisingly (to me), Gaiman doesn't portray anyone as particularly shocked or upset by the changes that ushered in "the Golden Age."  Sure, the "Bates" gang might long for the day when Jonny Bates returns, but it shows that they still accept the basic parameters of this world -- that Miracleman and Miraclewoman are in charge.  One students mentions that his father remembers a world where sex education didn't actually involve sex and the other children scoff at this assertion.  It's hard to feel that more parents wouldn't object to the idea that their adolescent children would learn about sex by having it.  Gaiman hasn't really clarified how long it has been since the Miracles took over the world.  If it's not a long time, then you do have to wonder why everyone has accepted these changes so quickly.  I think that it's exactly those thoughts that Gaiman wants us to have in the back of our mind.  Mind control?  Could be.  That said, I think that we've had enough of setting of this stage; it's time for the actors to do something.

*** (three of five stars)

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