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Prophet Volume 3: Empire 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.
Slight spoilers ahead:
Okay I started writing stuff but deleted it. Lets just say that it ties the first and second graphic novels together in a way that was so satisfying that about every 10 pages I had to stop and just say holy f***, sit there for a while and contemplate.
Admittedly, his style can be challenging for those used to the more straight-forward funny-book delivery, but to fans of the medium the liberties he takes and the borders he pushes are charming and exciting.
This book is another glimpse into the bottomless pit of Graham's imagination, ably illustrated by a team of artists, and it moves the multi-galactic, scattershot story forward to a rapidly-building tension and hints at an imminent climax. It would be hopeless to try to describe the joy of this book any further than that, it defies simple summary, but believe me when I say it will be well worth your while. Just make sure you catch up on Vol's 1 and 2 beforehand, or you'll probably just be lost.
The only downside to the story is that it serves as a reminder that Graham's promised end-date for the series is fast approaching. A sad day that will be.
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.
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.