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Prophet Volume 3: Empire TP Paperback – February 25, 2014
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The art is stunting, and more varied than in other trades, although the bio-technological atmospheres are maintained as well as an hugeness of scope that is rare. All four artists involve vary the art and yet maintain a consistent feel to the world.
PROPHET VOLUME 3: EMPIRE collects issues 32 and 34 - 38. The story so far, in brief: the far future Earth is occupied by various alien races, and innumerable clones of John Prophet are awakening from hibernation across the galaxy in order to reclaim it, but it appears as if the real John Prophet is walking straight down the middle with plans of his own. In Volumes 1 and 2, Graham spent plenty of time building a dense galaxy-spanning backdrop for the story - history, events, locations, characters, and the like. He set up various situations that seemed related, but it was hard to tell exactly how. With EMPIRE, artists Simon Roy and Giannis Milonigiannis join Graham on writing duties as we learn more of what has happened to the Earth, as well as humanity, over the past thousands of years, plus what the Prophets have been up to in the 11 months since the G.O.D. satellite signaled the restart of the Earth Empire. We also get a couple of excellent solo Prophet adventures. At the same time, the original Prophet seeks out more of his former companions, though they are in forms that are strikingly different from what readers may recall (if you're not familiar with Liefeld's various Extreme Studios characters, some research couldn't hurt). There's also the introduction of a threat that *could* have serious implications for the entire series, but really: with this title, who knows if a plot point will evolve into something big, or just be one of Graham's crazy one-off ideas? Having gained all of this welcome information, my perspective on the events of the previous two volumes has changed. I thought I had a pretty good idea of how everything stood up to this point, but Volume 3 reveals that some characters aren't quite so black and white.
Of course, Roy and Milonogiannis continue their sterling artwork, depicting some truly inspired, if not outright bizarre, places and things. The entire creative team works very well together, resulting in a comic that reads and looks like nothing else out there. This most recent volume continues the amazing world-building and wild adventures of the previous two, with more on the horizon.
I like the sparseness of the narrative, nothing seems forced. The art is loose, not typically precise/splashy superhero style. It all suits Graham's writing, although I like his art the best of the 3-4 guys involved. The look reminds me of The Incal, with hints of Powr Mastrs. Narratively, it's a toned down, more "professional" version of Graham, if you will. As if he's deferring to a clear storyline rather than scribbling out missives. I think this actually enhances his stony vibe at times, by forcing him to introduce the more underground themes judiciously and with max effect.
Its just that... volume 1 left me awestruck over the detail of the universe and the mysterious history leading up to the events of the series. Now I feel that the air of mystery is wearing thin and now we are just along for the ride to see how it all plays out. There is not much of a sense of wonderment anymore. Anyway thats just my opinion, and regardless I'll probably continue to read the series. I am still enjoying it, but it might not be as amazing as I had originally hoped.
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