Promethea

Promethea

Book 1

Book - 2000
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The first graphic novel from America's Best Comics, like all titles from ABC, is written and created by Alan Moore, writer of Watchmen, the classic Swamp Thing, and V for Vendetta. Boasting some of Moore's most powerful writing in years, this volume introduces Promethea, a powerful figure who appeared in Victorian children's stories and turn-of-the-century comic strips and gains new life through Sophie Bangs, a college student in alternate-reality New York City. But as this exotic heroine leaps into battle, will Sophie's personality be able to reemerge when the battle is over?
Publisher: La Jolla, CA : America's Best Comics, c2000
Edition: Graphic novel collected ed. --
ISBN: 9781563896552
1563896559
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill

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rswcove
Nov 20, 2015

This is less a story and more a occult polemic disguised as a story. Given how Alan Moore considers the relationship between magic and story this makes sense, but it may be jarring for some. I, personally, love it- but I have been told that I am rather strange. And I do include Dark Knight Strikes Again on my list of favorite graphic novels along with Flex Mentallo. So in this case, take my recommendation with a grain of salt.

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artemishi
Feb 17, 2015

This is typical Alan Moore in both art and story. It's not my favorite line art, but the use of color and detail is really well done. It's imaginative, grotesque and charming in equal parts, very reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland with the story's juxtaposition of whimsical and horrible. There's also a lot of nods to New Age and ancient religion concepts, both in story and art. The story itself can sometimes get bogged down with the sense that Moore is trying to cram as much info about Promethea into every panel as possible. But aside from those lecturing moments, I liked the concept of Imagination as a world-shaping force. I don't think I'll continue with the series, as the main characters don't have enough of a personality to keep me turning the page (although I can see where in a few volumes, they will).

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TheOnlyRealDonleys
Apr 28, 2013

Those looking for the disturbed hard edge grit of Moore's Watchmen or the twisted up horror of From Hell will be massively disappointed. Furthermore, if you come into this looking for a superhero book with a strong female lead you have been misinformed. Promethea is Moore's most intimately fantastical work to date. It begins as a slightly complicated super hero book set in the same world as Tom Strong (spoiler?) and quickly evolves into a treatise on Magick, Qabbalah, and the imagination. As an accessible intro to Qabbalah you could do much worse, as a practical and accessible intro to the principles of modern Occult thought I'm not sure you could do better. Entertaining, complex, and educational. If one is properly prepared for the tone and scope of this one they will find it all of those things.

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Jean-Pierre Lebel
Mar 11, 2012

My attraction to this series was Alan Moore as the writer. I wasn't sure what to expect but found this to be an enjoyable read. The artwork is gorgeous. Moore strives for something a little different in the super hero genre and I feel that he's created something compelling and unique. Be open-minded and give it a try.

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Jan 31, 2012

It's pretty bad. I didn't even finish it.

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Albertasaurus
Jun 21, 2011

Pretentious - would be so even in a regular novel but in a graphic novel it's more so - also weird

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lucidaconsole
Apr 13, 2011

Promethea is what Wonder Woman should have been. The art is absolutely lovely, and the story is compelling. A good portion of the series is spent on Moore's exploration and prosthelytization of his omnitheist beliefs on magic and spirituality. Although Moore has a history of writing female characters who are defined by their victimization or their relationship to men, the women of Promethea are much more interesting - multifaceted, and dare I say, empowered.

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