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Promethea, Vol. 4 (Promethea #4)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  3,097 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
While researching a college term paper on Promethea, a centuries-old mystical-warrior woman, Sophie Bangs was magically transformed into the latest living embodiment of the legendary heroine. In the fantasy-filled fourth volume of this critically acclaimed and award-winning series, Sophie continues her journey through the higher realms of existence where she encounters the ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by WildStorm (first published May 2003)
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Jul 09, 2007 Summer rated it really liked it
You know what's funny about Promethea? It's a comic book that definitely wouldn't appeal to children (vide: the Kabbalah story arc) and which has full frontal nudity and unmistakable sex, and yet the swears are bleeped out. Oh Alan Moore, you crazy, crazy man.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Jan 07, 2016 Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read
Promethea, Vol. 4 (Promethea #4), Alan Moore, J.H. Williams III, Mick Gray
Sep 19, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: prophets, magicians, astral projections, frog attorneys
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Jun 28, 2016 RB rated it it was amazing
About ninety five percent of Alan Moore's "Promethea, Vol 4" takes place in the immaterial world and for this the reader will either feel disappointed that the terrific and large city is only shown for brief moments and scenes--conversely, the reader could also get, almost, as lost as Moore in his world of magic, ancient mystical systems, and brilliant artwork that goes from Van Gogh homages to just startling beautiful pages of a washed-brown sandy black and white. There is a trial scene that is ...more
Feather Mista
Feb 10, 2012 Feather Mista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Feather by: Lo mismo
Con Promethea, de nuevo Moore se buscó un cómplice a su altura. Y la belleza de algunas páginas casi me llevarían a decir que por momentos el dibujo supera al guion. Pero la fuerza y vuelo de la historia me lo impiden a cada capítulo. Sea porque le ven la cara a Dios, sea porque se meten en el mundo de los muertos y se encuentran con seres queridos que parecen propios, sea porque se pelean dos Prometheas entre sí y la disputa se resuelve a través de un juicio triplemente salomónico. Sea por lo ...more
Marjorie Jensen
The art in this series is incredibly dense and integrates a wide variety of styles to help convey the content. I think using (beautiful) visual representations to teach magical concepts is brilliant. I've come across many of the ideas in Promethea before, but the art by J.H. Williams III enhances and deepens my knowledge. This is part of the reason why I like studying magic--it's not about following one text, but about comparing many different texts (that are usually amalgamations themselves).
May 13, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
Sophie and Barbara reach the upper spheres of existence at the beginning of this volume.
Frankly, the mysticism and mythos aspect was becoming a bit trying, so I was glad that Moore brought things back to Earth in the end. This volume ends in a cliffhanger, so I hope the library buys the final book!
Apr 23, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
The art is exceptional but the story has completely lost me..
Feb 21, 2016 Ted rated it really liked it
The story picks up in this issue, wrapping up the arc wherein Sophie and Barbara are on an odyssey through the Immateria. I didn't mind that section too badly, but I can understand how some readers would find it slow and sermonizing. I enjoy that type of story, though (I am a fan of Dante, after all). The conclusion of that journey is quite satisfying and beautiful.

I'm trying to keep these reviews as objective as I can, commenting only on the art/writing, or on the merits of the theology which M
Joan Sebastián Araujo Arenas

Mientras la Promethea del nuevo siglo sigue en su búsqueda de doble objetivo ―la amiga de su cuerpo físico partícipe y el conocimiento de lo allende en los otros mundos posibles―, el barbudo no se contenta con dejar que las cosas sigan así de tranquilas: dos de las evocaciones pasadas de la figura cuasi-mitológica deben comparecer en juicio por haber deseado interferir en el presente cuando su campo de acción se había agotado hace mucho.

Por si no fuera poco, la organización secreta que había
Mar 28, 2014 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Alan Moore continues exploring the world of magic through his Wonder Woman analogue. Two of our characters spend much of this volume on a literal journey to heaven, recounting their feelings as they pass through various mystic planes aligned with the Kabbalah and our Solar System. It's really indulgent--a dive into Moore's mindset, with plenty of references to Alesiter Crowley and other mystics. J.H. Williams III does hero's work trying to portray the magical landscape, and his art is the only ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Alejandro rated it it was amazing
When I started "Promethea" was so awesome, since she is the embodiment of imagination, and on the first 7 issues, Sophia Bangs, the newly Promethea was knowing about the previous incarnations that they represented the important forms of the new literature genres of the XX Century, like comic books, pulps, etc... also the art was consistent on each issue according to the visited genre. It was awesome and perfect. But after that, Sophia made a travel to understand magic and with that, she met the ...more
May 03, 2011 Ryan rated it it was ok
The weakest of the series. Upon my most recent re-reading, I actually couldn't make it through much of this book. It was simply too boring. Those parts that deal with the crisis on earth are still entertaining, but the cosmological/spiritual kabbalistic allegory is just... well, stupid. This is all the more tragic given how inventive the layouts are in this and the last volume. Moore and Williams play with shape, color, perspective... they manipulate the design on the page so as to create ...more
Dec 10, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing
As I didn't go to London Film and Comic Con this weekend I decided to treat myself going to Forbidden Planet and picking up the next Promethea book. While not quite as good as three this one was still very enjoyable. Promethea and Barbara continued their journey up the Kabballa tree and exploring the higher realms where things were disjointed and creepy but also VERY happy. The art in this book is really amazing, the layout and colour schemes really blending perfectly to each imagined realm, and ...more
Jan 17, 2013 D.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this penultimate volume (collecting issues 19-25) of the Promethea collections, Barbara and Sophie face their greatest challenge in the worlds beyond, as they attempt to cross The Abyss. Eventually, Sophie must return to 'our world,' where she faces another major challenge...and ends up in a very special trial.
Moore has repeatedly attempted to portray scenes of universal-godhead-bliss sort of revelations, and they never quite come across. Naturally, an experience like he's suggesting can only
Sophia's journey into the Immateria continues all the way to the top, so to speak. The art in this book, as in the rest of the series is great, and it is one of the highlights of this work. While the whole Kabbalah angle is interesting, it does get a bit lengthy after a while for readers. The action itself is not that much complicated as Sophia has to reclaim her role as Promethea from Stacia, who was serving as caretaker. To be honest, after all that Sophia went through, this seemed a little ...more
Emily Green
Sep 29, 2014 Emily Green rated it liked it
In Alan Moore’s Promethea: Book Four, we find Promethea still traveling with Barbara through the sephirot of the afterlife, trying to find her dead husband. Meanwhile, Grace and Stacia are becoming chummier and chummier.

This volume focuses more on philosophy than actual plot. Moore works hard to combine beliefs from different religions, so that there is a multitude of afterlife experiences, which will be pleasant to every flavor of believer. Light on plot, but heavy on emotional experience, I wa
Aug 30, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Most of this book is spent watching Sophie and Barbara become more and more enlightened as they: identify a sigil as Hebrew! meet legendary magicians! get in touch with their emotions! have kinky sex! etc. Luckily, Sophie and Barbara eventually meet God and thus, end their quest. Their stupid, boring, intermidible quest.

Luckily, Sophie's return to earth also marks a return to plot. Though that she's met God and been assured of her purpose, some of the other Prometheas are less sanguine about he
Jesse Field
Mar 16, 2011 Jesse Field rated it it was ok
Sophie and Barbara tumble through the Kabbala going "wah?" And in case you forgot, Sophie is just an ordinary teenage girl who wants to do what the Godhead tells her (in the guise of the whore of "Babalon"). But she can't avoid a cat fight with her best friend. Meh.

The Kabbalah tour has some very nice art but runs longer than my patience. The action following has too many half-baked efforts to be clever, like a cameo appearance from Philomenus Phrog (his catch-phrase is "*Orruk*").

The art also
Lady Entropy
Sep 27, 2012 Lady Entropy rated it it was amazing
And my Promethea marathon continues.

Not much to say in this one other than I started to realize that reading Promethea is a quest on itself -- it starts simple and accessible, easy to begin, but then it become progressively harder. Each sephiroth becomes more complicated to understand, the text and the surrounding bits are a struggle, sometimes it borders the nonsensical...

... and then, you're through. You go through the looking glass, and you can breathe again, and you understand.

The main ques
Jul 28, 2010 Didi rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-lend
In Book Four, Sophie continues to accompany Barbara Shelley through several spheres of the Immateria. There are a lot of dialogue bubbles on each pages as the characters explain the meaning of each sphere (based on Kaballah belief) and trying to articulate their changing emotions in each space. The art is incredible in Book Four. There are such beautiful images, (for example the color and design of the Fatherland and Arcadia) that will stay with me long after I've finished the series. I may not ...more
Nov 13, 2009 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
Reprints Promethea #19-25. Promethea and Barbara complete they journey through the spirit worlds and Promethea returns to Earth to find Stacia and Grace's relationship has become a problem. The story in Promethea isn't easy. Until about halfway through this book, the story is for the most part a philosophical journey. The second half picks up the more traditional comic book plot, and while it is nice to have a more structured narrative, it loses a lot of the overly deep thought of the first ...more
Serge Pierro
May 17, 2014 Serge Pierro rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The fourth volume of the series continues Moore's mystical ramblings as presented in the second and third volume. Fortunately, halfway through the book that phase of the storyline ends and we return back to "reality". Although I decided to read this series because it was written by Moore, it is clearly J.H. Williams III that is stealing the show. His artwork is brilliant and is clearly enhanced by the solid inking of Mick Gray. The page breakdowns and designs are innovative and push the ...more
May 17, 2015 Nick rated it it was amazing
Promethea is what you get when you take a magic-based superhero book, like Dr. Strange or Zatanna, and load it so full of mythical symbolism and profundity that it virtually ceases to be a superhero book and instead becomes a lecture on mysticism. But in a good way. Alan Moore has written quite a few amazing books. And for my money, Promethea is easily his best. It's not all his doing, though. The art is also goddamn fantastic...literally and/or figuratively. I can't wait to see how it all ends.
Jedi JC
Jun 01, 2014 Jedi JC rated it liked it
Here's one big realization inside Moore's mind after reading the fourth and penultimate volume: everything imagined exists in the world of Immateria. Believing that Immateria exists is believing that all products of the imagination indeed exists and sometimes manifest in the real. It is not a religion. In fact, it precedes religion. The real world is even a part of the Immateria universe as well. I love chapter where the skirmish between two Prometheas is interpreted as a schism of religion ...more
One Flew
Oct 15, 2013 One Flew rated it liked it
This is probably the volume where the series begins to drag somewhat, the journey through the higher plains loses momentum. Of course, it is Alan Moore and there is still plenty to enjoy, including all the experiments with form in the artwork and storylines. Can't help but feel that Sophie's trip through the immateria should have been shorter, with more focus on the more interesting plot lines going on elsewhere.
Nov 21, 2010 Ryan rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Sophie and Barbara complete their walk through the Immateria. That's about it. They walk around a bunch, with very little happening other than them talking to each other.

There is the standard superhero fight sequence at the end, after SophiePromethea returns to earth and has to reclaim her place from GracePromethea.

I mentioned in a previous volume's review that the plot was taking a backseat to the spiritual stuff, but it was nice when the plot was still in the car.
Mar 08, 2015 T4ncr3d1 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Prosegue il viaggio di Promethea lungo l'albero delle Sephiroth, prosegue e finalmente ha termine. Si chiude quella splendida giostra rococò dai mille colori, ma molto fine a se stessa, e la trama riprende lentamente a muoversi: si prepara lo scontro impossibile tra due sue opposte e distinte incarnazioni. Dove andrà a parare? Temo da nessuna parte, ma me lo sono goduto lo stesso.
Griffin Youngstrum
Dec 03, 2015 Griffin Youngstrum rated it really liked it
Shit yea.

While going through all the spheres of Kaballah, Promethea got so in depth that it makes me feel like reading it a second time will be even better.

Dat art. Dat damn art, though.

The book makes a great and somewhat humorous comeback after the the Kaballah arc ends and really ties characters together, making me excited for book 5.
Mar 30, 2016 Keith rated it really liked it
Kind of a silly ending, but as it wraps up the Hermetic Qabala lesson from Volume 3, it's necessary to that end. I kinda disagree with Moore's approach to the Abyss, though I admit it's interesting, but I thought the art for the Supernals was rather well done, bordering on "worthy of study."
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

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