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Graphic Novel - 2000 | Collected edition
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Sophie Bangs is writing a term paper on Promethea, a folkloric warrior woman who has been represented in a variety of forms over the past 200 years: fairy-tale poetry, newspaper strips, angelic visions, pulps, and modern comics. Her investigations lead to her own startling transformation into the latest incarnation of Promethea and plunge her into the world of Immateria, the realm where stories are real. Here she receives advice from the previous Prometheas and faces deadly attacks from their enemies.
Publisher: New York, NY : DC Comics, ©2000
Edition: Collected edition
ISBN: 9781563896675
Branch Call Number: MOORE
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color)


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Jun 29, 2016

Whaa..?!?! Like, zoinks... seriously... like, zoinks. "Promethea" is an encyclopedia of uber-genius Alan Moore's mystic and linguistic understandings of, well... reality. At one point in the narrative, Promethea embarks on a literal tour that includes the Tarot deck and the kabbala and ends at the feet of the crucified Christ. Promethea herself also battles demons, helps a robot find it's soul, jokes about her breast size and ushers in the end of the world... with AMAZING art "Promethea" is Alan Moore's opus. Reads like a religious manual but with plenty of awesome comic-book shenanigans. The fifth and final graphic novel in the series -if you make it that far- could potentially change your life to the point that you will henceforth refer to yourself as "before I read Promethea" and "after I read Promethea." Yep... it is THAT out there... like, zoinks!

Nov 20, 2015

This is less a story and more a occult polemic disguised as a story. Given how Alan Moore considers the relationship between magic and story this makes sense, but it may be jarring for some. I, personally, love it- but I have been told that I am rather strange. And I do include Dark Knight Strikes Again on my list of favorite graphic novels along with Flex Mentallo. So in this case, take my recommendation with a grain of salt.

Feb 17, 2015

This is typical Alan Moore in both art and story. It's not my favorite line art, but the use of color and detail is really well done. It's imaginative, grotesque and charming in equal parts, very reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland with the story's juxtaposition of whimsical and horrible. There's also a lot of nods to New Age and ancient religion concepts, both in story and art. The story itself can sometimes get bogged down with the sense that Moore is trying to cram as much info about Promethea into every panel as possible. But aside from those lecturing moments, I liked the concept of Imagination as a world-shaping force. I don't think I'll continue with the series, as the main characters don't have enough of a personality to keep me turning the page (although I can see where in a few volumes, they will).

Apr 28, 2013

Those looking for the disturbed hard edge grit of Moore's Watchmen or the twisted up horror of From Hell will be massively disappointed. Furthermore, if you come into this looking for a superhero book with a strong female lead you have been misinformed. Promethea is Moore's most intimately fantastical work to date. It begins as a slightly complicated super hero book set in the same world as Tom Strong (spoiler?) and quickly evolves into a treatise on Magick, Qabbalah, and the imagination. As an accessible intro to Qabbalah you could do much worse, as a practical and accessible intro to the principles of modern Occult thought I'm not sure you could do better. Entertaining, complex, and educational. If one is properly prepared for the tone and scope of this one they will find it all of those things.

Jean-Pierre Lebel
Apr 19, 2012

Alan Moore is an absolutely amazing writer. The Promethea series is a complex arrangement of symbology, mythology, history and surrealism. It baffles me how much subtle information and story tidbits he and the artists cram into each issue. Book 3 continues Promethea's journey through the Immateria realms as she learns about magic and imagination. Each issue also has a unique visual theme as well. Read this series.

Jean-Pierre Lebel
Mar 11, 2012

My attraction to this series was Alan Moore as the writer. I wasn't sure what to expect but found this to be an enjoyable read. The artwork is gorgeous. Moore strives for something a little different in the super hero genre and I feel that he's created something compelling and unique. Be open-minded and give it a try.

Jan 31, 2012

It's pretty bad. I didn't even finish it.

Aug 23, 2011

3rd in the series - it's intriguing but I still haven't a clue to what's going on

Jun 21, 2011

Pretentious - would be so even in a regular novel but in a graphic novel it's more so - also weird

Apr 13, 2011

Promethea is what Wonder Woman should have been. The art is absolutely lovely, and the story is compelling. A good portion of the series is spent on Moore's exploration and prosthelytization of his omnitheist beliefs on magic and spirituality. Although Moore has a history of writing female characters who are defined by their victimization or their relationship to men, the women of Promethea are much more interesting - multifaceted, and dare I say, empowered.

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