Friday, July 25, 2008

Promethea review by Athena

This review covers the whole series from books 1-5. I quite enjoyed this graphic novel series by Alan Moore, J. H. Williams III, et al. There are style and art changes throughout the series. The story has themes of folklore, mythology, spirituality, magic, and most of all, imagination. It is very epistemological and a bit psychedelic (in the good way). Sometimes, a lot of the concepts went over my head, and it really is a series that requires reread to appreciate all the messages and the beauty. There were many times I did not know where to look as so many things were on the page. It is meticulous and beautifully done. By Book 5, the series gets incredibly meta; it is very cool. I can not really summarise all the ideas of the series, but it is fascinating. I would love to own it and reread it when inspiration strikes. I've grown to really love and appreciate Moore's work, and this may seem like a shift from The Watchmen and V for Vendetta, but at the same time, it is not. He is still spiritually and emotionally evocative in his works. I would highly recommend it to be people who are open to fantasy, epistemology, philosophy, and visual storytelling.

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Rhinoa said...

I read this series a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I read tarot and know a bit abouta strology and qabalah so got some extra enjoyment from it. It's such a beautiful piece of work and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Alyna said...

i really love graphic novels..i just finished promethea and thought it was great!! another one i just finished is called mateke; the magic flute based on mozarts opera. it has pretty beautiful illustrations!

Shree said...

I agree, this is one of my favorite series, it was incredible the whole way through.