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On distant future Earth, changed by time and alien influence, John Prophet awakes from cryosleep. His mission: to climb the the towers of Thauili Van and restart the Earth empire. News of the Empire's return brings old foes and allies out of the recesses of the vast cosmos.

Collects PROPHET #21-26
Paperback, 136 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Image Comics
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Nnedi
Here is the chronology of thoughts as I read this. NOTE: this is FULL so SPOILERS. Also, I knew nothing about the original when I read this:

Whoa, AMAZING gorgeous art!
OMG, I love the worlds!
The creatures, the creatures, the CREATURES!
Oh wow, a city of jelly? Awesome! But...ew.
Damn, where are the women? Even the creatures are male-ish.
Who is this John Prophet dude?
Why's he a cannibal?
Ew.
Stop eating, please. I hate looking at you do it.
Ok, I want more narrative. What's...who...tell me, story. Tel...more
Forrest
Prophet is the multi-layered, possibly even multi-dimensional, story of the awakening of John Prophet in a variety of guises. Each John Prophet may or may not be a unique entity, which begs the question of who, or what, exactly is John Prophet?

The strange tone of the story echos the sort of disassociated congnizance of Donnie Darko, but it is never clear whether or not John Prophet is insane, dreaming, or a real, cloned entity sent on the quest (or quests) to ascend the towers of Thauilu Vah an...more
Andy Zeigert
As reboots go, PROPHET is somewhat out of the ordinary. Image’s update bears only a passing resemblance to the Extreme title from the ’90s on which it is based. Yet instead of beginning at the beginning with a #1, the creators decided to pick up the numbering where it left off, at #21. The effect is somewhat disorienting. Is it important that we know what came before? Honestly it’s probably best enjoyed if you don’t. The original Rob Leifeld-penned PROPHET is an artifact from a different time in...more
Scott Foley
Because I’d heard such good things about the Prophet revitalization, I decided to check it out. I rarely read reviews before buying a book, mostly due to fear of spoilers, but because I wanted to be sure I spent my money well, I did just that this time around. The reviews were, like the word of mouth I’d experienced, favorable.

I pulled the trigger and bought a copy.

Let me be frank … the reviews did not do it justice.

At the age of thirty-six, I basically just want one thing from my books and mov...more
Seth Hahne
Prophet by Brandon Graham with art by Simon Roy, Farel Darymple, and Giannis Milonogiannis
[That alien is happily waving to his friend's dead carcass, tied to John like a scarf.]

Somewhere along the line I lost touch with my fascination for science fiction. I'm not sure where that was exactly but I'd guess it was pretty quickly after I stepped out of junior high. I had grown up with science fiction and it had held a comfortable storehouse of wild imaginations when I was young. Some of my first comics were some weird-ish Gold Key books and reprints of the early Marvel sci-fi bits (such...more
William Thomas
Hype. This reboot was all hype and little else. Brandon Graham took an old idea of Rob Liefeld's and... well... basically made something completely different and with absolutely none of the original characteristics of Liefeld's Prophet.

Not that I give two s@#ts about Rob Liefeld's awful Prophet series, anyway. It was an embarrassment, as far as I'm concerned, like everyhting else Rob has ever done. I would have much preferred this to just work on it's own name and merit and not try and hype its...more
Curtis Hempler
This is a book of unbridled imagination... There are some truly mind-bending concepts, and each page is packed with bizarre creatures and environments that beautifully rendered by the artists. It seems like this is very much an artist-centric book, but the 3 artists mesh very well together. I am always interested in what Farel Dalrymple is doing, and thisbook has introduced me to a couple of other excellent artists in a similar vein.

I love the over-arcing idea behind the whole thing. Without gi...more
Aildiin
This is a crazy over the board science fiction comic with some influence from John Carter and Conan adventures.
This is supposedly a follow up to a comic written by Rob Liefeld ( which explains why the single issue start at issue 21) but in practice the action takes place 10 000 years in the future so there is no relationship between both ( from what I have read, I did not read the original stuff published 20 years ago).
I have to admit it took me a while to get used to it and still I am missing a...more
Keith
Man, I am currently on a kick for reading books I don't understand, I guess. It makes me feel bad even adding them to my "read" list -- like, the pages moved and the words and pictures happened, for sure. But other than that? Questionable.

Prophet is apparently sort-of-like-a-continuation of Prophet, a forgotten 90's relic so obscure I had to set up the entry for it just to make that link work. But the modern revamp of the book is what's got the nerds talking, so that's where I started with nary...more
Rachel
I'm not even sure I can give this stars because it defies a starred rating system. What I do know: it's post-apocalyptic but completely and absolutely removed from the world we know. The world is strange and disorienting and unfamiliar, and we spend the entirety of this volume knowing as much as John Prophet, who wakes up at the beginning of the novel and follows a voice or urge within himself on a journey through this desolate and shit-filled landscape (literally). Everything he sees for the fi...more
Dan Bennett
Avoiding spoilers here, so apologies if this seems a little abstract.
This is an oddity. I think it's really very good, and quite flawed. I'm not a comic book fan in general, and some of the more generic aspects here (the thin mission-based narratives, the weak narration, the juvenile weapon-and equipment fetish) turned me off.
In fact, for most of the first part in the desert I didn't like it at all. The narration felt weak and the development a bit arbitrary and thin. For me this section also ha...more
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Periklis
I was reluctant at first to read, what seemed to be a reboot of a '90s second variety superhero. Thankfully this new take on John Prophet is anything but unoriginal or typical in execution.
Stylistically inspired by a variety of SF comics, from Arzach to Blame!, it also packs a variety of themes that run the whole spectrum of Science Fiction. What begins like a survivalist adventure, becomes after 3 issues an intergalactic space opera (in different shades of weird) and leaves a multitude of possi...more
Greg
This is a re-imagining of of 90's superhero title that I frankly did not read though I worked in a comics store at the time. Rob Liefeld may be a punching bag for reviewers but I will say he created many titles that other writers have come along and turned into something great and this is a stellar example.

Prophet Vol. 1 Remission reminds me of reading the work of Moebius... a man, John Prophet, moving across alien, dangerous, organic landscapes encountering truly bizarre aliens and environments...more
Amauri
This isn't post-apocalyptic, it's post the next aeon. Dormant genetic remnants of a wholly unrecognizable human race's imperial war machine revive across the stars and carry out programmed missions with the aim of resurrecting humanity. Only it's much weirder than even that sounds. As evident from other reviews this is very dense sci-fi. Brandon Graham does not stop along the way to explain much of anything. The visuals are alien, and often disturbing and Graham actually seems to make it a point...more
Kristopher
Who is John Prophet? Who's this other John Prophet? And there are more?
These half a dozen issues give you a glimpse of a few odd alien worlds and a main character who could be anyone at any time- I need to know what John Prophet's true missions are.
Paul
FUBAR!

This was my first venture into the "universe" of Prophet.
I have no idea what it is that I've just read.
I didn't hate it, but I ain't rushing to the comic book shop to buy any of the other books just yet.

Don't get me wrong, I likes my science-fiction as much as the other guy, but this didn't truly appeal to me. Most of the time I didn't know what was going on... so this Prophet guy is a succession of Clones, and each Clone is basically a different story? or what?

The art's OK - good coloring...more
Artur Coelho
Quando pegamos num comic temos sempre algumas expectativas. O género é formalista e repete muito as suas temáticas e estruturas narrativas. Note-se que estou a falar de comics, vertente mais comercial da BD. Quando pegamos num comic de ficção científica que nos promete um homem que irá restaurar o império terrestre, ficamos à espera de uma space opera que detalha as aventuras de um herói maior do que si próprio, que vencerá com força e argúcia as armadilhas dos seus inimigos e restaurará a liber...more
David Barbee
The weird relaunch of Prophet is a hard still-drunk-from-hypersleep scifi mission mixed with the savagery of Conan the Barbarian. And it's damned strange, since our hero might also be just one out of thousands created in the hopes of restarting the seemingly extinct human race. So futuristic it's ancient. So packed with disturbing ideas and disgusting creatures in only six issues. Prophet is a prime example of the sort of genre comic books that are truly worth reading.
Frederick
I was not familiar with the original comic but this made me think of something out of Heavy Metal magazine during it's heyday in both art and storytelling, which for me is a good thing. To me it also had a feel and style more in line with European comic artists and writers. It was little confusing at points due to the strangeness of the story but this also made the story somewhat compelling.
Shaun
Prophet is a gorgeous book and an unapologetically pulpy science fiction book that hearkens back to the days of Doc Savage and John Carter's Mars. The art is amazing, the stories are delightfully strange and absurd. This has been the most fun I've had picking up a new comic in a while.
Colin Rapp-Ellis
This graphic-novel compiles six issues of Prophet which comprise four separate stories. Issues #21-23 tell the first story while issues #24, #25, and #26 each tell a standalone story. All of these stories center around clones of John Prophet, who are awaking across the universe, with exception of issue #26 (labeled as chapter 5 in the book). If I were to rate each story individually, I would give the one-shots four stars each and issues #21-23 a well-deserved five stars. I'm giving the collectio...more
Dave
This is an amazingly awesome collection of stories about the many awakenings of John Prophet. It is full of cool ideas and fantastic art. I want to play the game of it, but sadly it does not exist yet.
Lindsay
Prophet is like conan in space.
But also jam packed with awesome far future sci-fi crazy organic-tech amazingness violent interesting fantasticness.
Just amazing writing, good art all through.
Oliver
Very innovative and imaginative, but somewhat difficult to follow; the world presented here is is very different from our own, so trying to fill in the blanks feels forced.
Eric
Weird Sci-Fi in the European tradition.

Absolutely amazing stuff.

Would make an excellent RPG setting for the Spec Fiction version of Lamentations of the Flame Princess.
Thom Dunn
I'd heard good things about this comic, a revitalization of a Very 90s Rob Liefield comic. After reading the first issue/chapter, I wasn't sure what the hype was about, beyond the crazyweird world building, and the unique artistic and storytelling style. I didn't really know anything about the main character, or have a reason to root for him. He was just going through to the motions of his "mission." But I kept reading, because is felt like I should, and because it was a weird & unique readi...more
New Frontiersnerd
PROPHET: REMISSION, DE BRANDON GRAHAM, SIMON ROY, FAREL DALRYMPLE E GIANNIS MILONOGIANNIS: CONAN DA FICÇÃO CIENTÍFICA

Nas cinco primeiras páginas de Prophet: Remission, [uma encarnação do] personagem título acorda em um planeta exótico, vomita uma cápsula de estimulantes e arrebenta a cabeça de um bicho que é uma mistura de ALPACA com POLVO com PESADELOS com um facão-machado. É a introdução da primeira história e para a temática do encadernado em si: Prophet é o que O Senhor dos Anéis seria se fo...more
Mark


I have no idea what is going on, but in a good way. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Ron
Bearing no real resemblance to the Rob Liefeld title of the 90's, this reboot is more of a Jack Vance, Dying Earth-style space mystery. It's visceral, brilliant, disgusting and incredibly intriguing throughout each of the six stories.

Simon Roy, Farel Dalrymple and Brandon Graham contribute complimentary art styles that capture the strange, dystopian science fiction settings each John Prophet visits.

I've already ordered the following volumes in anticipation of where the story is going. A great r...more
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A transient Southerner by birth and heritage, Brandon Graham has lived, worked, and studied in eight different states and four different countries. He eventually settled near Chicago where he studied visual and written narrative at Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts.

If one belief has latched itself securely to his core during his travels, it is that narrative is the most powerful brid...more
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