Neil Gaiman remains "very, very hopeful" that Marvel will complete Miracleman.
Recently, Gaiman sat down with Birth Movies Death to discuss Alan Moore's run on Miracleman and how it inspired him as a creator. In the video, he goes on to discuss the origins of Miracleman and the character's relationship to Fawcett Comics' original run of Captain Marvel.
Gaiman and artist Mark Buckingham worked on a run of Miracleman, but it ended mid-storyline when publisher Eclipse Comics went bankrupt. The rights to Miracleman would linger in limbo until Marvel picked them up in 2009 from Mick Angelo, the creator of Miracleman.
"I am very very hopeful that Marvel, that currently own[s] Marvelman/Miracle, will be finishing the story that Mark Buckingham and I began well over 20 years ago, but we'll see," he said.
Upon purchasing the rights to Marvelman/Miracleman, Marvel quickly went about putting the former issues of the comic into print once again. The reprints were published between 2014 and 2016. However, while a relaunch with Gaiman and Buckingham has been teased, it has yet to be officially published.
Initially, legal hurdles postponed the project indefinitely, but Marvel announced that work has resumed on the relaunch at Comic-Con International in San Diego last year. While it originally was supposed to be released in 2017, Marvel said the comic will be officially released this year.
When Moore took over Miracleman in the 1980s, he wrote a dramatic story that Gaiman claims "is almost the foundation on which everything that has happened since in terms of comics was built." Gaiman credits Moore's run on Miracleman as the reason he wrote comics, for its emotional and literary potential. He credits it as, in many ways, the inspiration for his original work, such as Sandman.
The beginning of Miracleman's end should be coming sometime in 2019.