In June we read Promethea Vol. 1 by Alan Moore. The comic, which was originally published in 1999, sees New York City university student Sophie Bangs discover the history of Promethea, a character who has existed throughout the ages in literature… but then she discovers she can become Promethea herself!
Everyone agreed that Promethea was a very dense read. This was good and bad, it made it very interesting but also heavy going. It is not a book to choose when you’re looking for something light to read before bed, but does start to cover interesting ideas of religion, mysticism, imagination and the mind.
It has dated a bit such as in the way some characters are presented and talk and some of the ideas raised. However it has not suffered from this overly much.
The idea of a science fiction based in 1999 was entertaining and well conceived.
The art was very dense, detailed and beautiful. Again a bit dated but could still be appreciated. The way the frames were done was very creative but this made it sometimes hard to understand the path of reading intended. Which combined with it’s density of ideas meant it was easy to get confused.
Overall a comic that deserves it’s title as a classic and a great intellectual comic.
The group gave it 4 stars!
(reviewed by Christy)