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Prophet, Vol. 1: Remission Paperback – Illustrated, September 4, 2012
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- Publisher : Image Comics; 1st edition (September 4, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 136 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1607066114
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607066118
- Reading age : 13 - 16 years
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #618,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I tried again to read it near the end of 2018. I read the whole volume. I worked hard to focus. I read 125+ trades/graphic novels a year. This is the worst thing I've come across this decade (worse than Clean Room and some other drivel that got acclaim as well). For those of you that are huge fans, I'm sorry to rip into something you like. I'm glad you found it great, but I just can't see it. I tried twice.
The first story is the longest, covering 3 issues, which are listed 1, 2, & 3. The main character is John Prophet, a human that wakes up from a long sleep in a hyper pod on an alien earth. The alien creatures that inhabit earth are totally creepy. John's mission is to wake up thousands of his clones on other planets. The art on this arc is sketchy, not as detailed as I prefer.
The next story is only 1 issue, #4. John's clone is physically different. He has a tail and tiny feet. There is some interesting and creative stuff in this arc, as there was in the first arc. I wouldn't say the art is better, but it is a little more detailed.
The 3rd arc, issue #5 is where the book fell apart for me. The art is strange and the story didn't make any sense. Issue #6 had a different artist again, comparable to the early art in quality. By this time the writing had lost all cohesion. There is a 5 page short story at the end. I would have said the art was good, but by this time the images didn't make anymore sense than the story.
The book finishes with 7 pages of concept art. By the time I got to that section I had lost all interest in the book. As some other reviews have stated, there is no character development in this book. I didn't care what happened to John Prophet because I knew nothing about him. The book started out promising, but will go into a box instead of on my shelf.
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.