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Prophet, Vol. 1: Remission Paperback – September 4, 2012
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I found it to be stunningly original storytelling. I would describe it a science fiction set so far in the future as to be fantasy (recall Clarke's dictum that a sufficiently advanced technology would be indistinguishable from magic).
In its far-future imaginings it reminds me of (WARNING: super-nerdy obscure reference ahead) John M. Harrison's 'Viriconium' books. I tried reading them and couldn't get through them. I read the first novella and just barely hung on by the skin of my teeth. When I got into the second work (which I think was a novel) I was lost. I couldn't make heads or tails of it. And after the Hannu Rajiemmi 'Fractal Prince' fiasco, I promised myself: NEVER AGAIN! So I ditched it.
However, 'Prophet' is that same kind of storytelling only I can understand this because there are pretty pictures accompanying it. The story revolves around different iterations of the title character as he is awakened for a quest. I won't say more because to do so would be to probably spoil it and I wouldn't do that great a job of explaining it anyway. Even with the pictures it's challenging material.
The art work is a bit more of a mixed bag. The detailed character work of the various Prophets can appear almost amateurish at times. They certainly pale in comparison to some of the top notch superhero art. (I recently read Marvel's 'X-Men vs. Avengers' and that was a particularly beautiful book.) But there is tremendous detail and value in much of the large scale object depictions and some of the grander, more panoramic scenes.
So, yeah. 'Prophet'. I'm on board. Time to order up volume 2.
I pulled the trigger and bought a copy.
Let me be frank ... the reviews did not do it justice.
At the age of thirty-six, I basically just want one thing from my books and movies--originality. Please give me something new, something I haven't seen before. Now, I realize this is an ironic statement considering that Prophet is a reboot of sorts, but trust me, this book is blazing new trails.
In fact, Prophet: Remission is one of the most original and refreshingly weird books I've read in quite a long time.
It begins with John Prophet awakening in the far, far future. Humanity is seemingly lost, and the world is a devastated heap inhabited by creatures that you'll have to see to believe. He has one mission, to try to "awaken the Earth empire."
But, as you'll soon realize with this book, what you presume to come next does not. In fact, Prophet delighted in its unpredictability. I love that the writers are building their own worlds by their own rules. All of the medium's conventions for which you expect are gone--this is a book unlike any other.
The prose is sparse and direct, and the artwork is ... well, it's excellent, but it's not pretty. It looks like the world is falling apart. The creatures are gross. The tone is unpleasant. In other words, the art fits the story perfectly and is absolutely part of the reason Prophet won me over.
This isn't a super hero book, and that's a good thing. John Prophet is almost out of a Cormac McCarthy novel--he's tough, resolute, and absolutely self-reliant. This is not a science fiction story, though it does wade heavily into those waters. It's not a fantasy space epic, but it carries that vibe, too. There is plenty of adventure, to be sure, but there seems to be an underlying philosophical message just beneath the surface. Is it a post-apocalyptic dystopian tale? In all honestly, I don't know how to label this book, and that's fantastic.
I want to keep reading Prophet for one simple reason: I have no idea where this story is going.
~Scott William Foley, author of Andropia
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That sums it up neatly. Yeah, there are some bits of the old Image lingering there, but don't let that stop you.Read more