Alan Moore J.H. Williams III Mick Gray
- Title: Promethea, Vol. 1
- Author: Alan Moore J.H. Williams III Mick Gray
- ISBN: 9781563896675
- Page: 223
- Format: Paperback
Issues 1 6 Sophie Bangs was a just an ordinary college student in a weirdly futuristic New York when a simple assignment changed her life forever While researching Promethea, a mythical warrior woman, Sophie receives a cryptic warning to cease her investigations Ignoring the cautionary notice, she continues her studies and is almost killed by a shadowy creature when sheIssues 1 6 Sophie Bangs was a just an ordinary college student in a weirdly futuristic New York when a simple assignment changed her life forever While researching Promethea, a mythical warrior woman, Sophie receives a cryptic warning to cease her investigations Ignoring the cautionary notice, she continues her studies and is almost killed by a shadowy creature when she learns the secret of Promethea Surviving the encounter, Sophie soon finds herself transformed into Promethea, the living embodiment of the imagination Her trials have only begun as she must master the secrets of her predecessors before she is destroyed by Promethea s ancient enemy.
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99 Percent Of My Life I Was Lied To/ I Just Found Out Alan Moore Smokes More Dope Then I Do.
"So you just wrote a POEM about Promethea and you BECAME her?""That's right. Do you think if I want to be Sophie again I should write about HER?" Stacia, the sidekick who treats the skinny college girl heroine upstart as the shadow's embarrassing shadow is in her darkened behind sidekick place. I never really craved that kind of female friendship anyway, (what is it to anyone else how many guys their girl pals screw, anyway?). So Stacia has this bee hive kind of hair-do and she has a big mouth t [...]
This is amazing. I've read a lot of Alan Moore, but I hadn't gotten to this one yet, and when I finally read it I was taken by surprise. The deconstruction of story and fiction and imagination, the mixing of fantasy and myth and sci-fi -- all of that was as lovely as I would have expected from Moore. But what surprised me was the handling of the women in the story. Alan Moore's always had a troubling relationship to female characters, I think; he draws them well, but he can never quite escape hi [...]
En el antiguo Egipto un hombre es asesinado por fanáticos religiosos acusado de mago, minutos antes le pide a su hija que escape. En su huida por el desierto se cruza con invocaciones hechas por el padre antes de morir, una suerte de semi dioses provenientes del mundo de la imaginación el cual es un plano tan real como físico y onírico, el mundo de la inmateria. Así esta criatura es envestida con el ente de Promethea, un ser del mundo de la imaginación que puede moverse por el mundo real, [...]
Alan is capable of so much more. This is derivative writing at its worst and Alan is completely out of his depth here, not with the material, but with the characterizations.
I really liked it. Alan Moore wrote it, and it's very good. Moore, the philosopher/historian/intellectual of comics, reinvents an old character that comes up first in a Renaissance poem, and allusion to Midsummer Night's Dream and precursors to today's fantasy The main character for twenty years in a serial comic strip in the early twentieth century reinvented periodically in various formats and genres, Moore takes his turn at the myth about a woman, in the new century NYC, Sophie Bangs, (or may [...]
Fun stuff, but hardly revolutionary. My friend Andy recommended this to me knowing I loved Sandman, and it's similar in its emphasis on (please shoot me) meta mythology, trying to weave all human storytelling into some common mythological framework. Promethea is fairly different though. For one, it's a superhero book (albeit a very good one), with all the trimmings: kid gains unexpected power, must learn the trade, has a sidekick, etc. It's also not nearly as visually innovative as Sandman often [...]
I really enjoyed this. The idea of a heroine who is the ultimate champion of imagination- I was instantly hooked. But I also like how it's in an alternate super-futuristic 1999. I enjoyed the detail of that in the art. I also enjoyed comparing that time to now. And the Weeping Gorilla was *genius*!!! Now I have another superheroine who I really dig (I'm a huge fan of Wonder Woman)! I am so going to read volume two and three and four and five! Only criticism- the breast-size jokes. Enough already [...]
oh my f*cking god. first off, if you're not sold by the pairing of ALAN MOORE and J.H. WILLIAMS then there really is no hope for you. if i could dream up one "comics dream team" it would easily be these two. promethea combines everything great about moore's philosophical writing and williams' ridiculously inventive art style, telling the story of a woman who is part human and part story. sold? sold. read if you like fables, sandman, wonder woman, etc.
Disappointing. I'm not into fantasy, so that doesn't help. But this is the first thing I haven't loved by Alan Moore. And I'll explain. There's too much going on while lacking substance. Are you insane? you ask. Actually, no. If I can summarize the entire novel with a few words, it would be this: symbolism, boobs, legs, lesbians/veiled misogyny, flat characters, cheesy 2000s pop culture, hyperbole, hallucinations, demons, pseudo-mythology, meta like a motherfucker. This whole book is just a far [...]
The language of Magick is symbols. Symbols convey ideas that bypass articulation or logical thought. So it was only a matter of time before an adept of the Craft utilized the graphic novel as a vehicle for magickal education. But this is no pedantic exercise. Rather this is a lively, provocative story on par with the most avant garde novels. As a by-product of this intensely enjoyable read, one may learn about Cabala, Tarot, Enochian angelis language and much more. The balance between text and s [...]
Brilliant. Like Neil Gaiman's work if Gaiman wasn't so try-hard and annoying. Might be my favourite Moore yet, but it's been a while since I've read the other ones.One other thing: I can't remember if the 'weeping gorilla' phenomenon first appears in this volume or the second, but the media character and the bizarre public emotional investment in him reminds me of 2016's Harambe meme - which reinforces my hunch that there is a form of distributed precognition in the collective unconscious that g [...]
Two words: modern magical. Oh yeah Promethea is one fun ride! Thank you Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III. The first volume (obviously) introduces us to the world of Promethea where magic, sci-fi, and myth exist in the real world. Promethea is a treat for us and our ticket to Moore's view on religion.
Comencé a leer Promethea nada más salió en EEUU y lo dejé al tercer o cuarto número. Ahora he avanzado un poco más lejos y he recordado por qué: es un tebeo tan plagado de ideas, con un sentido claro (a la contra de, por ejemplo, un generalmente alocado Grant Morrison), como vacío en lo narrativo. Para un lector tan centrado en el argumento y los personajes como servidor, tan necesitado de algo de avance, los seis primeros números apenas son un planteamiento de un mundo y un personaje. [...]
Series review: Like Lost Girls, an outrageously self-indulgent late-period Moore comic. Starts off as an okayish superhero strip, features some interesting, clever artwork, especially towards the end, and climaxes with some cool, fourth-wall demolishing stuff; but ye gods, the middle section of the series is just issue after issue of Moore trying to sell us his ridiculous cultish pseudo-philosophy, via a series of information dumps which repeatedly made my eyes glaze over.
Looking forward to Vol 2. There are hints in this one of a wider theme relating to dealing with multiple identities it wasn't fully explored in this one but hoping it might crop up further in future volumes. Still a nice juxtaposition between the mayor who is one real person with multiple imaginary personalities, and Sophie and the multiple real people who become part of one imaginary personality. It's the sort of background detail that Alan Moore often brings in which I love. Although it got a [...]
If Prometheus, the man who stole fire from the gods and gave it to men, figures technology, then Promethea must figure the imagination. In Alan Moore’s vision, she grew up in America, with 18th century roots in obscure colonial poetry, and only came of age in the twentieth century, in comics and pulp fiction. A triumph of wit and responsibility working together, Promethea gives a role to every female paragon -- Wisdom, Sensitivity, the Woman Warrior, and even French feminist Hélène Cixous -- [...]
In which a chain-smoking Little Red Riding Hood sports a machine gun. A weeping gorilla laments not buying windows 95, and a hack writer misspells himself a path to Godhood. Promethea has much to offer for both the general reader and writers alike. The tale begins with two stories, delicately interwoven. The great thing about the narrative technique used in the first chapter is that we get the legend underlying the modern-day tale without inhibiting the story. Whenever a story requires context o [...]
I just picked up this book because I've seen it on the shelves of my library quite a few times and this time volume one happened to be in. It is (not so surprisingly) very good, I knew that Alan Moore is good with stories, I like V for Vendetta and (to some extent) Watchmen. This book takes a little while to take off in the beginning, but when it does it is great and I'm glad I picked it up by chance. The book is supposed to take place in 1999, but a very futuristic version of it. There are poli [...]
2 stars for the art (albeit uneven in quality) & influencing later (& significantly superior) graphic novels by other writers & illustrators.0 stars for glorifying sexual predators & older "Magicians" manipulating very young women to have sex in order to "discover their true magical evolution" & unblock their potential. Sadly, these predators do exist in real life & I have been witness to this in the late '80s to '90s.There's is no excuse for this behaviour & mindset [...]
So as a part of my ongoing, unwanted, unwarranted, self-appointed backseat driver status in Oriana's Jugs & Capes all-girl comic book reading club, I have started to want to actually reread some of the books I'm demanding she try in place of what she's actually reading. ("Don't read Preacher! Read Transmetropolitan! Don't read Dark Knight Returns! Read Year One! And for Christ's sake don't read Fables!") Most of my own comic collection is currently on the other side of the country, but one o [...]
Posted on my book blog.Sophie Bangs is a college student in a present-day New York in an universe where the world is completely dominated by science. There are flying cars and high tech buildings, cutting edge medical treatments, and fiction and myth are things of the past, relegated to academical studies. Sophie is interested in a mysterious character named Promethea, who keeps appearing at different and seemingly unrelated times in history. Soon, her research gets her closer to the physical em [...]
It's hard for me to pinpoint what exactly it is about Promethea that I so like, but it may be that it's such a perfect superhero comic. Alan Moore's writing combines beautifully with the art from J.H. Williams III & Mick Gray, immediately elevating it out of the four-colour universe of superhero-dom. As is Moore's tendency, he is telling a greater story here than just that of a girl and her super-powered alter-ego, though it takes time to get into what that is. We are given explorations into [...]
I haven't been reading comics my whole life. I started a few years ago with some classics like V for Vendetta, and Watchmen. In the past week or so I've read a few more authors, and am getting a sense of what it means for a comic to be called a classic, or a great. Of all the ones I've read thus far, I do have to say that this is now my favorite. (Of course, this is only the first of 5 books, so I will have to withhold final judgment until the end.)This comic is beautiful. The art is stunning, t [...]
This was recommended to me by a friend and was one I'd been meaning to start reading so I put it on my wishlist on Monday and my mom bought it for me on Tuesday! I really liked this series. It was kinda Amethyst Princess of Gemworld, but done for post-pubescent girls! Any graphic novel that starts with a fake literary history of a made up folklore character is going to be great in my mind! I liked the futuristic present day, I loved the sad Gorilla comics, the city was beautiful, I loved all the [...]
This book was beautifully illustrated and intriguing. I found this book to be one of my favorite and the most enjoyable Alan Moore graphic novels thus far. The ideas behind it may be nothing new, but it felt fresh and was enjoyable. Moore started us off with an intriguing and believable forward about the history of the Promethia character. I was almost duped into thinking it was based on actual pulp novels and comics from the past. The art work blurred the lines between Art Nouveau, Psychedelia [...]
Review to come :)
"Tell, don't show." - The Alan Moore story
I NEED MORE OF THIS
The idea behind this is just too good to put down, but I want to see more of how it's actualized. I would suggest people start with an Absolute Edition rather than this trade. It looks like bigger things are coming in volume 2.
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