Promethea #15 – Comic Review

Promethea #15 comic cover art

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Written by Alan Moore
Pencils by J.H. Williams III
Inks by Mick Gray
Colors by Jeromy Cox
Letters by Todd Klein
Published by DC/Wildstorm/America’s Best Comics.
Price: $2.99

My Verdict: More, please.

Sophie, as Promethea, continues to help Barbara, a former and still Promethea, in her search for her deceased husband. In the meantime, back on Earth, Stacia, the stand-in for Sophie, who is now also Promethea–makes a new set of rules.

Part of the fun of Promethea for me is that it’s what I imagine reading a comic book by Robert Anton Wilson would be like. Filled and overflowing with ideas about ontology, it continues to push the envelope for what can be discussed in a so-called “superhero” comic book. Promethea may be the titular character of the series, but the true story is about stories–and how they factor in our lives. Even our afterlives.

That being said, it’s not for everyone. Nor is it supposed to be. If you don’t like a comic book you can really sink your mind’s teeth into, then run away. It does require a bit of dedication to follow, but it’s worth the investment. The Tarot Issue from a few months back is probably one of the best single issues of a comic I’ve read in quite a few years.

One of the other things that Moore and company do is play with the medium. The Tarot was an issue-long example. Here you have two characters walking along a moebius strip, and it requires flipping the comic pretty much every which way but backwards to read the two pages in question.

All this stuff and I haven’t commented on the story at all. Okay, the journey of Barbara and Sophie is merely a vehicle to bring across Moore’s ideas–but not so transparent that it’s an annoyance and you wonder why you’re not just reading a thesis. And Stacia’s increasingly violent interpretation of the Promethea story, as it were, looks like it’s going to be something juicy to await the resolution of.

Each issue is something I profoundly look forward to. Top 10 is a good character-driven story, Tomorrow Stories is fun parody/satire at times, but this is the ongoing star in the ABC lineup, as far as I’m concerned.

Quote: “Ha ha! Real life. Now there’s a fiction for you.

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By | 2009-08-30T00:12:24+00:00 August 15th, 2001|Comics, Reviews|0 Comments

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