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Promethea Book One [Paperback]

Alan Moore , J. H. Williams III , J.H. Williams III
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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24 Aug 2001 Promethea (Book 1)
Comics scriptwriting supremo Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke) is once again forging the future of graphic novels with an all-new line up of incredible comic creations under his own imprint, America's Best Comics. Sophie Bangs' research into legendary character Promethea, a warrior woman whose myth has endured through the centuries, gets a little more intensive than perhaps she'd have the extent where a deadly shadow creature is trying to kill her. Is Sophie the new Promethea? If she can't unravel the age-old secret she'll just be dead!

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; New edition edition (24 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840232293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840232295
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Promethea sees Alan Moore tackling the idea of myths and their passage through history and culture, and gracefully mingling this with Neil Gaiman-esque magical realms and some good old-fashioned super-heroics. In a present-day New York City dominated by scientific wonder, student Sophie Bangs tirelessly researches the origins of a mystic warrior woman called Promethea, whose legend has recurred throughout history in a variety of forms. When Sophie meets Barbara Shelley, the most recent chronicler of the Promethea legend, she becomes entwined in a strange, magical world called the Immateria, where myths are born. Facing a myriad of terrifying dangers, Sophie must learn the truth about Promethea and, to survive, embrace the legend itself. With a terrific central idea--that myths become "real" through their chroniclers--Promethea is another triumph for Moore, and will certainly satisfy anyone with a hankering for an engrossing adventure that errs on the realm of Sandman rather than Wonder Woman. Promethea really hits its stride when the action moves to the dazzling, sorcerous world of Immateria, where Sophie learns of her mystical heritage, interwoven with some fine post-modern touches from Moore (a funny encounter with a foul-mouthed Little Red Riding Hood and Sophie "living" a 1920s Promethea comic book). Accompanying Moore's enticing and challenging stories is J.H.Williams III's vivid art, providing Sophie's mythical odyssey with a backdrop of considerable visual flair, befitting a world where myth and reality collide. For fans of Moore, this is a must, and this is a fascinating prospect for anyone wishing to experience Moore's typically combustible imagination. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


... it dovetails didactism and elegant fantasy in a way that's ever been done before, with the accompaniment of gorgeous artwork.... -- Bookmunch online book reviews, 2nd may 2002 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant surprise. 28 Dec 2003
The idea of mixing superhero and deep mythic themes is a pretty familiar one, and Moore is one of the pioneers of that style of writing. Pleasingly, this is one of the best treatments of the genre. The book doesn't get lost in it's own cleverness, and keeps the story anchored and easy to understand the details, if not the specifics--there are none of the confusing, unexplained veers into symbolism or outright weirdness that marred the otherwise good 'Invisibles' series, with the weirdness instead advancing the story and providing the basis for some very memorable, thought-provoking, and downright funny parts.
The first volume is mostly setup, of both the cast and the two worlds the book takes place across. When both of them are as good as they are here, that's not a problem.
Overall, highly recommended, and a good refutation for the comic format being unsuited for serious themes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work 7 Aug 2009
This comment is about books 1-5 in general.

I am interested in spirituality and alternative religions, but this series is hard, hard work. Don't get me wrong, I admire the very strong artwork and I appreciate the resplendently feminine/feminist storyline, but I really felt like I was wading through this one. It's not bad, it's just deep to the point where I wasn't so much swimming in the story as being pulled under, choking.

If you're interested in magic and kabbalah (amongst many other themes) go for it, you'll be blinded by the erudition and fascinating concepts. If you're looking to be wrapped up in a rip-roaring story, stay away. It's the opposite of light entertainment.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing graphic novel 2 July 2002
What sets this book outside any other comic book series?
Well, for one, the main characters are very believable. You instantly click with them and can sympathise. Good ol Moore has a real skill when it comes to making characters. But his real talent isn't just that.
Yes, it's very witty. You'll notice some excellent satire, throwing a jab at things like indie media to superhero characters. But that's not the real prize, not yet.
The writing's exciting, it ropes you in and keeps you asking "What's next?" And here's where the best part comes into play, the truly astounding merging of modern neo-mysticism with the storyline. Elements such as tarot suites are explored (cups, swords, wands, coins), and that's only the beggining. By the second and third book you're delving into the mysteries of Kabbalah, Tantra, and taking a viberant visual journey through the ten Sephirot.
All in all, this is perfect for anyone with an intrest in mysticism, with a good sense of humour and can appreciate the witty set-ups of anything from 30s B-Movies to little jibes at Crowley.
Of course, you COULD just sit back and enjoy some comics with the Increadable Hulk breaking things. But some of us will always enjoy books like this, which encourage us to think, and rope us in with viberant and believable characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magick! 1 Aug 2006
That's the only explanation. Magic. Moore writes excellent stories, just really good gripping, engaging storytelling. He draws in the reader with his humanity and his wit and his (not wanting to ostracise the action-men, here, but...) LOVE. What really sets Moore head and shoulders above all other writers, though, and I don't just mean comic book writers... what really sets Moore head and shoulders above ALL other writers is the overwhelming abundance of ideas. Ideas just coming tumbling towards you. An avalanche of ideas. Buy these books and buy a helmet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Treat 31 May 2008
Having been blown away by 'Watchmen' and 'V for Vendetta', I have been trying to absorb the rest of Alan Moore's backlist. After being slightly disappointed by 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen', I hadn't really held out much hope for the first in the unsung Promethea series but since I'd bought, I thought I'd better read it.

I'm certainly glad I did; it's wonderful. The pictures are bold and faintly retro, tying in with the central idea that Promethea has existed in fiction for many years. The story frankly is mind blowing. Promethea hails from a world just beyond ours, a world created by the imagination; The Immateria. The story focuses on Sophie, Promethea's latest Avatar as she tries to come to terms with her new alter-ego.

The text is laden with references to mysticism and contains some quite complicated philosophical concepts, relating to reality and existence. Despite this, Promethea is incredibly readable and due to the depth of the text and the richness of the artwork, it is certainly re-readable. A triumph.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and unusual 6 Nov 2010
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I absolutely loved it.
It has much more of a conventional "comic book" feel to it than later books in the series.
There is a clever plot and Moore almost sneaks in his lecturing to us. Lots of snappy dialogue as well. I normally find that origin stories can be a bit dull but this didn't drag at all. It is very original and I certainly haven't read anything like this before.
Truly outstanding artwork. Maybe the best I have seen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal! Just read it! 31 Aug 2011
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This series is absolutely incredible! I feel like mere words don't do it justice. The story, writing, and artwork are all unbelievably imaginative and fascinating. Like nothing else I've ever read, graphic novel or otherwise. This is really a must-read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just bought 2 and 3 on the basis of this one
I got this one for Christmas from my sister - I requested it specifically when she asked what I wanted, based on a recommendation from YouTube's Comicbookgirl19, specifically their... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius!
With links to 50s comics, a hint of Wonderwoman, and mental, mental artwork - as I said, just absolute genius!
Published 8 months ago by Andy Senior
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Idea Space
This first book is so well written and illustrated that, for the money you're paying, it's almost a steal.

It works well if you want to enjoy it at face value. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking,funny and expertly crafted
Doesn't really do it justice saying things like thought provoking, but this gently tips the reader towards unknown regions of thought and cowers us with plausable cosmic and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by M P Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced mystical adventure that you can return to again and again
The novel's beautiful and inspiring artwork and experimental panel layout is fresh, enjoyable and absorbing to boot. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by The New Rashi
4.0 out of 5 stars Alan Moore introduces us to the mystic warrior Promethea
After reading both "From Hell," where Alan Moore detailed in endnotes where he was getting his historical facts and speculations regarding Jack the Ripper, and the original story... Read more
Published on 17 April 2004 by Lawrance M. Bernabo
5.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to spritualism for the layman
An amazing vibrant story that has an agenda at its heart yet is destined to be ignored due to its medium. Oh well.
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Published on 31 Aug 2003 by Chris Morgan
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