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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
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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
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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
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Bryan Alexander
I read Prophet, volume 1 without any background information or context, save two details passed on by an enthusiastic Richmond, Virginia comic book seller:

It's science fiction.
It feels like European, not American sf.

Both of these observations proved correct.

A quick sketch: Prophet takes place in a far, far future, when humanity has reached out into space, built an interstellar empire, then fallen back. The Earth is now occupied by many alien and often violent life forms. The protagonist, (a) J
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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
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Pamela
The publisher should have included a little tab of LSD (or your psychotropic hallucinogen of choice) with the trade paperback of this title, because I seriously, truly, and earnestly believe that the only way to understand what is going on in this comic is to have your brain fried, sunnyside-up.

On a super-duper-far-future-post-apocalyptic (how's that for hyphenation???) Earth, John Prophet awakens from stasis. He has his tools to help him make his way across the blasted landscape of this alien E
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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
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Jan
Conan the Barbarian on LSD

Would you be interested in the drug-induced hallucinations experienced by Conan the Barbarian? If so, this trippy sci-fi adventure is for you!

In the distant future, John Prophet awakes from cryosleep to a vastly changed Earth populated by bizarre, menacing, alien creatures. A mysterious voice in his head guides him to a city that is actually the slowly rotting copse of an organismic space ship. Here he learns about his mission: to climb the towers of Thauilu Vah and awa
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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
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Alistair
3.5 stars rounded down for not knowing wtf was going on.

This book was weird. It's one if those books that hits the floor running. This is volume one yet in the back it says issue 21-26. So I need to look into this because pretty much nothing made sense to me.

The artwork is s bit rough, but the ideas drawn are great and it seems to work.

I was intrigued by this futuristic coloristic story and there are some unique and very cool ideas going on here so after I've done more research I'll be checki
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Evan
The most imaginative science fiction of today, hopefully a taste of the future of the genre in this decade, the art is fantastic but not perfect, nor is the wisp-thin story without fault, but the world-building is the main attraction—it's among my favorite fictional settings.
Rusty
Hoo boy. This one gets moved right to the front of the line. I had intended on reviewing another book or comic before this one, but my god. This was incredible. I have never read something this long and had so little idea what was going on.

Don't get me wrong, I've been confused before when reading a comic, but this is is whole new level of confusion. I learned more by reading the back cover copy on the graphic novel than I did reading the 100 pages (or however many there were) of the comic itsel
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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
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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
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Tom Ewing
The first time I read these stories - as individual issues, closer to when they came out - I adored the imagination and sensory impact of each comic but the story seemed looser. Not so, on re-reading: as a graphic novel the action in the first long story sets off the three shorter ones that follow it, and each one introduces crucial information for the series as a whole. Prophet's reputation for trippiness sells it short - this is also well-planned science fiction in a complex and visceral unive ...more
Drown Hollum
Okay, here's the immediate deal-breaker. You will have no idea what's going on by the end of this volume. That's going to discourage a lot of readers, and I don't blame them, that's fair. The ideas are weird and huge, with lot's of clones and time-travel. It's going to take a while for the plot to start explaining itself without hammy exposition, and I think the pacing of Prophet is just fine for its scope.

All of that said, be ready for an ugly, gorgeous romp through space and time, full of inc
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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.
Colin
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
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
Sam Quixote
Dammit, I was looking forward to this one! “Prophet” looks different and mysterious and it’s an Image book and it’s nominated for an Eisner - I was so prepared to love this book, and it ended up disappointing me. To say “Prophet” is an incoherent book is to presume it was trying to say something to start with and I’m not sure that it was. The authorial touch is so light it feels like you’re not so much reading a book as you are glimpsing some strange images through a rain-streaked window at a mu ...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
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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
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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
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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
Melinda
There are some 3 and 5 star reviews of this that somewhat reflect how I felt while reading this so I'm confused how they gave it so many stars. I don't even know how to explain this story to anyone else outside of the summary blurb. I don't know who or why or what in this story and by the 3rd chapter I didn't care. I just read it to finish it. By that point I'm not even looking at the pictures anymore. which also, I'm apparently the only person who thinks they're terrible. What I find most troub ...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.
Trey Piepmeier
Meh. I probably need to revisit this when I'm more in the mood for this type of randomness. I read volume 2 first, and enjoyed it more, partially because I thought some of this stuff was going to be explained in volume 1. I think you probably need to be stoned to fully appreciate this story. The last five pages of the story are kind of compelling, but the rest was fairly forgettable in terms of a narrative. Lots of cool ideas, but just not much of a story (that I could follow). The art style var ...more
Chris
Read through the entire run of this series - wildly imaginative space opera that is difficult to follow at times, but I didn't even care because I was having so much fun reading it.
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Brandon Graham (born 1976 in Oregon) is an American comic book creator.

Born in Oregon, Graham grew up in Seattle, Washington, where he was a graffiti artist. He wrote and illustrated comic books for Antarctic Press and Radio Comix, but got his start drawing pornographic comics like Pillow Fight and Multiple Warheads (Warheads would go on to become its own comic published by Oni Press in 2007). In
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