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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.
Except for very mild "Baaaah" controversy for it's religious references which were obvious/weak Prophet was an obscure 90s Image hero. The mocked as stupid plot - "Sent to the past to fight a war in the future" was actually explored here. They skipped a dozen issues - up to 50 years given Image's publishing schedule in the glory days and had the "Prophet" character continue his mission - he's now in the far far future he was created to fight, his hibernation pod went into operation and he's in an earth barren and alien fighting for programming done thousands of years ago. But his years in the fantasy superhero 90s help him - but oh, wait, is he the ONLY Prophet?
This four book comic collection is like several excellent Heavy Metal stories (non cheesecake ones) and a neat justified continuation on one of the many 90s things that seemed dropped.
The narrative style and slow unveiling of the context may frustrate some readers more used to conventional comic structure--this uses techniques from film and novels intermixed with comic narrative tropes--and the completely strange atmosphere may alienate some readers, but overall I think this is one of the most successful and radical revampings of a character done.
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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