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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (23 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401206204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401206208
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 0.7 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All the ABC comics by Alan Moore are phenomenal." - Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer). "Steeped in his genius for world-making, with panels packed with a production designer's attention to detail." graded A - Entertainment Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Alan Moore is one of the most respected and admired writers in comics today, with a host of industry awards and accolades. His credits include The Ballad of Halo Jones, Watchmen, V For Vendetta and Swamp Thing. He is currently working on his own line of comics, including Tom Strong and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Octo7 on 24 Dec. 2010
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I finally got around to reading these last few issues yesterday and I was blown away by how amazing it ended up. I've enjoyed Promethea from the first issue and although getting through some of the kaballistic exposition in the middle of the books felt like homework sometimes, it never felt frustrating. If you've been paying attention to the story then you probably know, to some extent, how things will turn out. The apocalypse is looming on the vague horizon and no one is excluded from the proceedings, not even the reader. This book breaks the fourth wall several times, a method which has become rather cliched at this point but Promethea manages to do it eerily well. There were point where Promethea was speaking to the reader directly and the scary thing is that the things she said actually felt personal to me, perhaps Moore is so smart that he knows the stories that people can relate to universally, regardless of their age or race, when Promethea said "remember when you and I sat by the fire and I told you all the different things you could be" I actually had a vague, albeit false memory of this.

I can't say much more without ruining the book, but for those who have stuck with Promethea up until now, be sure to finish the story and to read it with an open mind.

PS I am clinically sane and non-delusional ;)
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The Promethea set of comics is by far one of the most cataclysmic reading experiences I've ever had. It's shockingly profound look, both in terms of artistic style, some of the finest work I have ever seen, and in terms of its concept, philosophy and poignancy, has changed the way I view comics, art, imagination and the very existence of my world and no words I write in a poorly thought out rushed Amazon review can ever do justice to the staggering amount of love I have for this series.
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By Finn St.Erre on 18 Jan. 2014
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Absolutely brilliant story by Alan Moore, a perfect, beautiful guide to the outer-inner and an inspiration and journey home for dreamers and magic people the worlds over. Artwork is also completely out of this world, it is quite nearly worth your while buying this book simply for the art!
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Obviously a great book... and it arrived on time. Now I need to write more words so I can publish this review. I wonder if that's enough!
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The Big Finish, or Going Out With Style 28 May 2007
By JackFaust77 - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been reading comics for nigh on thirty-five years now, and PROMETHEA is one of my all-time favorites. This concluding volume wraps up the show in fine fashion as Promethea ushers in an "apocalypse" that is wholly unexpected, and is based on the original Greek meaning of the term. The coda issue is STUNNING, one of the most innovatively written and designed comic stories EVER, I kid you not.

As to the other poster's somewhat off-handedly critical comments about "air brushed" art: well, I do not know what technique the amazing JH Williams III used in parts of the finale story, but let me contextualize WHY he chose a new style for some scenes. In the final story imagination and reality begin to blur and Williams uses a semi-photo-realistic style to suggest "reality," as in our reality, which blurs with comic book reality. After 30-some issues of spectacular innovation Williams keeps the new design ideas flowing in this final volume.

Needless to say, you probably will not be buying this volume without having read the first four books, so you will already know if you HAVE to read v5 or not. I think it is a majestic finish to a truly remarkable work of art, and if there were seven stars, I'd grant it that (seven being a lucky number!).

PROMETHEA gets my highest possible praise, love and respect and yes, it even nudged out Neil Gaiman's incandescent SANDMAN meta-megaseries.
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Universal Change 23 Mar. 2008
By Time Enough - Published on Amazon.com
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Promethea is the type of comic that is more than a comic. After finishing this series, I am not the same person that I was before. Alan Moore's true genius shines through as he reveals his life's work of research on magic, religion and philosophy to the lucky reader. In the fifth volume, the journey comes to an end, one that the reader may not be expecting. It is a soft ending, but one with a lot of mental punch in terms of thought and self-reflection. You haven't seen the true potential of what a comic book can do until you have read the Promethea series.
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YES 7 Sept. 2008
By M - Published on Amazon.com
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I was sad to see Promethea end after just five books, but this is hands down one of the most kick-@$$ stories I have ever read (this goes for the series, not just this book) and the series is a cherished part of my graphic novel collection - and I am picky! The ending caught me off-guard, but in a way it almost seems fitting the way it ended.
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Vox Populi 9 Sept. 2011
By Jonathan Stover - Published on Amazon.com
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Promethea, the 1600-year-old demi-goddess whose current host/personality is young college student Sophie Bangs, will end the world if Bangs allows her to manifest again. So Bangs hides from the government and from herself in New York under an assumed name.

But the paranoid, increasingly militaristic U.S. government has recruited science-hero Tom Strong to track Promethea down because Strong knew one of Promethea's previous avatars back in the 1950's. Strong reluctantly agrees, but he doesn't believe that Promethea really means to end the world.

But she does. She has to. That's her job.

And so the end comes to the Earth of Moore's America's Best Comics imprint, ushered in by the unstoppable Promethea despite the best efforts of Tom Strong and the rest of that world's heroes. From the realms of fiction and poetry and magic and gods descends judgment on everything. But what does the end of the world actually look like?

Well, it doesn't look like the end of the world in Moore's Watchmen. Promethea is a much different bringer of catastrophe than Ozymandias. And violence is not a solution or a means to a solution.

Moore's 32-issue exegesis on magic and the nature of reality comes to a stunning end here, beautifully imagined by both Moore and his artistic collaborators J.H. Williams III, Mick Gray and Jose Villarrubia. This may be one of the most visually beautiful comic books ever created, and one of the most visually complex. It's not for everybody -- this is a didactic essay about Moore's actual beliefs ever since he decided to become a practicing magician (!) in the 1990's.

Images and iterations of the Kabbalah, the Tarot Deck, various occultists and pretty much every religion under the sun get combined and recombined within Moore's apocalyptic vision -- with the caveat that 'apocalypse' derives from the Greek word for "revelation" or "lifting of the veil."

Never has Aleister Crowley made so many appearances in a comic-book series not named Aleister Crowley. Hurry down doomsday!
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
World Shattering Reading 6 Jan. 2006
By JFBeilman - Published on Amazon.com
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This graphic novel did an excellent job in capping off the Promethea series.This was so good that I nearly had a spiritual experience by reading it. This makes me wish that everyone else in the world had the same experience. With current events as they are, we surely need it!
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