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Separated At Birth: Alan Moore Miracleman /Toby Whithouse Being Human

A blast from the past, a Swipe File feature on Being Human and Miracleman, with Tony Whithouse doing a very fine Alan Moore inpression.

Separated At Birth: Miracleman Vs BBC's Being Human. At some point, for reasons unknown, this article from 2011 was deleted. It has returned below in its original glory.

Here lie spoilers. Massive spoilers. Spoilers not only for the ending of the penultimate episode of Being Human Series 3, but also, I suppose for Marvelman/Miracleman if you've never read it. So going forward in this Swipe File, I'm going to presume you have encountered both. If not, please leave until you have. Because this spoils two major scenes from both, in very very spoilery ways. Is the room clear? Good.

In Miracleman #14 we see the creature known as Kid Miracleman, returned to his childlike self unaware of his past, only for the beast to escape. And, after killing the boys who tormented and tried to rape him, to then do this to his nurse.

The scene from Miracleman #14 where Kid Miracleman kills the nurse.
Miracleman #14

And in the final scene of the latest episode of Being Human, we see Herrick confront Nina, after he's awoken from a state of amnesia, and having killed a house full of police.

He says, after threatening her life;

"You were kind to me. Everyone in the house wanted me dead except you. It's a knotty one. You are right my quarrel is not with you."

He leaves. Then returns.

"But then people would say I was going soft."

And he then stabs Nina in the gut. Being Human creator and writer is Toby Whithouse. Who has been interviewed on his influences before. And he often mentions Alan Moore.

What are the odds one of them was Miracleman?

Separated At Birth used to be called Swipe File, in which we presented two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences, or works of the lightbox. We trusted you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself. If you were are unable to do so, we asked that you please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File didn't judge; it was interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal, who originally ran this column and the now-defunct Swipe Of The Week website.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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