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some good ideas, but it's porn
on 9 December 2007
The Promethea books contain some interesting ideas (the gorilla is great), and the artwork is attention-grabbing. It's all very colorful and the stories are OK. Not more than that, though. They're nowhere near as interesting as Moore's greats, like Watchmen, because some of the themes are a bit dull and insistent (I think it's often dangerous when writers start writing about the very concept of fiction). None of the main characters ever get really interesting. There is also a tedious procession of scantily-clad female images in these books, perhaps intended as a tribute/pastiche referring to earlier styles of comic and comic artwork (I'm not an expert...) Whatever the motivation, it annoys me. The heroine has to transform from ordinary girl-shape into this voluptuous bikini-being whenever she assumes her superpowers - euech. It's a standard thing in graphic novels and yet here (perhaps because the art-work is so striking) it's particularly distracting and irritating.
I'd recommend other works by Moore (V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Top 10) far more highly than this one.