I was just writing about Captain Miracle, Mick Anglo’s final attempt to pass off slightly revised Marvelman stories under an assumed name, someone posted an issue of it online. Which should be great because this yet another comic I never thought I’d get a chance to read, but unfortunately it turned out to be a bit of a disappointment.
For one thing there’s the cover; not only is it absolutely generic and have nothing to do with the contents but Captain Miracle doesn’t even appear on it (which you have to admit is a pretty bold editorial choice).
And when it comes to those contents, well, I can honestly say I really like the Captain Miracle logo. Other than that…
Apparently like a lot of other Silver Age superheroes Captain Marvel regularly traveled to the far future, not on missions so much as to spend the occasional quiet weekend. And unlike his predecessors Marvelman and Miracle Man Captain Miracle actually seems to be interested in girls, hence his (slightly reluctant) sort of future weekend girlfriend Lola Karbel.
I believe it was Mike Nelson of MST3K and Rifftrax fame who once said that “one of the ways you know it’s a bad movie is when the hero does nothing”. That goes doubly for comic book stories and in this one Captain Miracle does absolutely nothing. In the end the earth is saved by Lola Karbel, and all she does is flick her futuristic cigarette lighter.
The rest of the 28 page comic if filled with, appropriately enough, fillers. Some theoretically humorous one pagers…
…and a couple of anemic westerns which like Captain Miracle feature some fairly nice logo’s.
— Steve Bennett