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Absolute Promethea, Book 1 Hardcover – October 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Absolute Promethea (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm; Slp edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401223729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401223724
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 8.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Moore is one of the most respected and admired writers in comics today, with a host of industry awards and accolades. His credits include The Ballad of Halo Jones, Captain Britain, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Lost Girls, Promethea, Swamp Thing, Tom Strong, V For Vendetta and Watchmen. JH Williams III is the acclaimed illustrator of Chase, Jonah Hex, Batman and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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J.H. Williams' detailed illustrations and color have much needed new life.
Christine L.
Look, if these comics megapolies like DC and Marvel get their manufacturing of these brilliant oversize hardcover editions up to par I will buy tons of these volumes!
S. Arnold
The way the story was told, and the art were both indeed beautiful, but the main elements of the story itself left a lot to be desired.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams on October 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In my recent review of the Absolute V for Vendetta, I wrote that Absolute Promethea vol1. would be arriving soon and I'd let you know what I found. And here it is, two months sooner than I expected.

And it's extremely disappointing in terms of it being an Absolute edition. Usually these things are packed with extras. This has none. Nothing at all. And I'm not counting an introduction by Alan Moore (of the fictional history of Promethea) which probably (I can't honestly remember but it won't be original to this edition) appeared in an issue of the comic, and neither am I counting the one page afterword by Brad Meltzer. I was hoping for additional artwork by J H Williams 111, preparatory sketches and all that stuff. Nothing. Total disappointment. Maybe it's being saved up for the next two volumes. I can only live in hope.

And now for the good news.

The illustration on the box is of Promethea (there's a surprise) but printed in gold and it looks gorgeous. The cover on the book (no dustjacket, no big deal) is a wraparound by Williams and looks original to this book. The artwork inside benefits immensely from the larger format and the high quality paper. It is absolutely gorgeous and I'm quite prepared to state categorically that I believe this to be best illustrated of all Alan Moore's comics work. This isn't to denigrate any of the other artists who've worked with Moore. Moore has been very lucky in his career to have been able to use for his major works (with odd exceptions such as some issues of Miracleman) artists who have fitted his vision to perfection. But Promethea is just bloody beautiful.

This is appropriate because the story itself is an exciting, colourful, mysterious and hopeful one.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brian P. Robinson on October 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This only collects issues 1-12. I didn't read the product description thoroughly enough, so going by the price-tag I automatically assumed that I was purchasing the entire Promethea collection. Obviously, that isn't the case. No big deal and totally my fault. But I do wish Amazon.com would have used "Absolute Promethea: Book One" in the title to make it absolutely clear. To be honest, I'm not so sure I would have purchased this item had I known it was only issues 1-12.

And I had the same experience with pages sticking together and ripping at the bottom as the reviewer above. It only happened once and the tear was less than an inch, but it was cringe-worthy nonetheless.

All that said, I couldn't wait to get this in my hands. This is absolutely one of my favorite comic series of all time, and not just because it's by Alan Moore. I couldn't recommend Promethea enough. If you don't already own it and want to see some spectacularly beautiful artwork by J. H. Williams III at some of his best, I definitely recommend getting this collection.

Hell, I recommend getting it even if you don't. That is, if you can afford it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Jenkins on October 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The artwork in this book is terrific and really benefits from the larger size. However, in my copy, many of the pages were stuck together and the edges of the pages ripped a bit when I tried to pull them apart. Aside from that, the presentation would earn 5 stars. This volume collects issues 1-12 of 32, so there will be two more volumes to buy to get the complete story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine L. on October 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Disclaimer: Reviewing the edition only. Reviews about the Promethea story can be found elsewhere and are likely better written.

This is my first Absolute purchase and I don't regret it at all.

The silkscreen cover is beautiful in real life. Only downside is that the company that made the cover ran the ink a little on the thin side. On some of the corners and edges the gold already flecked off, and that was in the shrink wrap! But it's a minor thing.

There has been some recoloring in comparison to the trade paperback (TPB) volumes. J.H. Williams' detailed illustrations and color have much needed new life. The book lays beautifully for those dramatic two page spreads. None of that 'cut off' that is seen in other over-sized hardcover editions.

Can't wait for the next volumes and completing the series.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Michael on November 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There is simply not enough material in this book to warrant the $99.99 MSRP. Even at Amazon's reduced price, this book is a rip-off. There are absolutely NO bonus/supplemental materials to speak of in this book. Other than an intro and afterword, there is nothing added to this book. Other Absolute editions, especially those priced at 100 instead of 75, come loaded with sketches, scripts, and other great extras that add insight and value to the material. This edition should have either packed on the extras, or come in at $75 MSRP.

The story itself is solid and entertaining, if you can stand some pretty self-indulgant, bizarre issues at the tail end of the book.

The art is great, and you can see Williams III improve with each issue. The best part of this series is watching him evolve into the full-blown artistic powerhouse he is now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JackFaust77 on November 29, 2009
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So worth the long wait! Book 2 will contain the incomparably amazing and beautiful "Tree of Life" issues, which must be seen to be believed. And while it would have been nice to have extras, just seeing JH Williams' astonishing art at this size is ample reward enough, IMO.
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