Promethea Paperback – February 1, 2003
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- ASIN : 1563899574
- Publisher : WildStorm (February 1, 2003)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781563899577
- ISBN-13 : 978-1563899577
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.64 x 0.26 x 10.19 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #860,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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the 32 points of the Cabala (10 spheres, 22 paths) and the various symbols or weapons of the Cabalistic spheres, the blade and chalice (Holy Grail), the Caduceus (Staff of Hermes), the Kundalini energy of the spine, the Tarot suits of Wands and Pentacles (the other two suits were covered in volume one), all the Major Arcana of the Tarot, the Goetia, the ancient Sumerian goddess Inanna, and how the character Promethea is the feminine name of the Greek god Prometheus (the fire bringer).
(But I'm buying Book 3 right now.)
The issue itself is quite well-done, combining multiple levels of visual and verbal narration. There's one thing you can't deny about Promethea as a series and that's that it pushed the limits of graphic story-telling in fabulously inventive ways. But the structural schematics of Moore's cosmology is, at base, crude, over-simplified, and frankly, very juvenile. As with all attempts to map reality onto a human-made conceptual framework, the supposed "discoveries" of the "truths" within the Tarot are, in fact, projections of Moore's own cultural vocabulary. That is to say, he doesn't uncover any meanings in the Tarot, he creates them based on ideologies that organize his thinking.
But besides this one hiccup, the series itself is still quite good at this point. As a meta-fictional tale about the nature of imagination, it's insightful, if not earth-shattering, and Moore's sense of humor and imagination, when he gives it full rein, is wonderful. He should probably get an award for the single greatest creation ever, the Weeping Gorilla. It's a comic-strip within the world of Promethea; each one is just a sad Gorilla crying while thinking about some utterly banal inconvenience of life that is so pathetic as to be tragic. Example: "Everyone said I should upgrade to Windows 95." Love it.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 17, 2018
I'm sure others have mentioned, the final chapter in this edition is powerful stuff. Once more, you're left with this strange feeling that somehow you're becoming one with the story.