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Promethea, Vol. 2 (Promethea #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  2,737 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Sophie Bangs was a normal college student until a simple class assignment resulted in her being transformed into Promethea, a two-thousand-year-old mythical warrior woman.

In the second installment of the series that Entertainment Weekly has given an A-, Sophie continues to learn more about her powers, abilities, and predecessors.

But with many answers still missing, Sophi...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by America's Best Comics (first published February 2001)
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Ryan
The volume where Moore's work begins to slide. The weakest part of this volume is the final issue, the Tarot issue. In it, Promethea is given a lesson in the significance of the Tarot cards -- each one "represents" some moment in the creation of the universe and signifies a step in the path to enlightenment.

Yeah, whatever.

The issue itself is quite well-done, combining multiple levels of visual and verbal narration. There's one thing you can't deny about Promethea as a series and that's that it p...more
Suzie
Couldn't stay awake during this one, especially through the tarot card poetry. Yeah, it was over the top. Haven't decided if I'm going to continue to the next.
Lady Entropy
Promethea is one of those books I enjoy rereading when I can. It's amazingly well written and, at the same time, it's terribly clever. I do have a thing for magic-based superheroes, but this is far more than just that.

However, I mentioned before what this book is about (high magic, hermetic beliefs, etc.) so, this time, I'm focusing on the superhero-aspect of Promethea, since there is a lot more action in the book.

I never really enjoyed mainstream superheroes with a magical origin, because the p...more
Matt Harris
More Moore is good Moore. I think the series hits its stride here, the heroine Sophie Bangs' is allowing her learning of occult and imagination to flow and we ride with her enjoyment.

A couple of minor issues I have around the book are just how powerful Promethea is, when she has still so much to learn. The magickal learning, one of the most thrilling chapters as she is taken through the Tarot deck, allegorising the story of the development of human consciousness, is thrilling and fiendishly cle...more
Federiken Masters
Jul 24, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Federiken by: Todo
Menos impresionante que el #1 pero igual de divertido, interesante y variado, sobre todo esto último: Un capítulo entero que es un polvo tántrico entre dos personajes, otro que cuenta la historia del universo a través de las cartas del tarot, otro que narra una historia de amor intercalando los dibujos con fotos (del capo de José Villarrubia), otro que muestra una batalla entre diosas posesivas y demonios polimorfos, y así durante los 6 capítulos, que dejan con ganas de más. Ni bien pueda me lan...more
Tancredi
Se nel primo volume la stravagante serie targata Alan Moore mi era sembrata, appunto, stravagante come solo lui sa essere, criptica e anche un po' autoreferenziale (bella, indubbiamente, ma quindi?), adesso mi devo ricredere e accendere una quinta stellina per l'esplosiva eccedenza di senso che straripa da questo secondo psichedelico e cervellotico volume. Gli ultimi due capitoli valgono da soli l'intero volume (forse addirittura l'intera serie): è un intrico perfetto, in cui l'autore sicurament...more
Felicity
Jan 21, 2008 Felicity rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: myth-lovers, Mage players, English majors in need of an ego boost
Recommended to Felicity by: Joss Whedon (via Buffy commentary track)
Promethea is a delight. While of course the second volume cannot match the newness and discovery of the first, it continues to be excellent, and provides many thrills of the unexpected-solution and character-payoff varieties. Containing several episodes in the life of Promethea, as well as issues of her comic book, this one runs the gamut from your basic city-in-peril to a history of the universe in tarot arcana.
Antía
What a letdown. A cool concept and start in volume 1 turns here to a bizarre uncomprehensible plot. Eratic plotline(s), unexplained characters and lot, really a lot of mystical dialogues.. and probably the less erotical sex scene I've ever read (only compared to "Lost girls.. also by Moore).

But I give it the art is good.

Only for die-hard fans of Alan Moore.
Keith
I liked this one less than the first. There was just so much stuff that made me want to stop reading. The goofy photos issue and stupid rhyming snakes are the first things that come to mind. I'll probably still finish the series but it's not at all what I was expecting.
Chris
Apr 15, 2007 Chris marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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It's Alan Moore. I'd read his comic adaptation of the phone-book.
James
Alan Moore continues to explore his theory of magic with a Wonder Woman-inspired hero of the imagination, Promethea.

This arc opens with the latest embodiment of the goddess, Sophie Bangs, exploring her powers in a tour through the world of myth with one of Promethea's former avatars. Then the scene shifts successfully to action as Sophie teams up with Prometheas past to fend off an invasion by the hosts of hell upon a local hospital. Afterward through, we return to the realm of the mind as Prom...more
D.M.
Though this volume's balance is clearly more toward adventure than the more esoteric explorations the series has, it remains my favourite because it includes quite possibly my all-time favourite single issue of a comic ever: number 12.
In this volume (collecting issues 7-12), Promethea's learning more about herself. As a result, she's gone into the tutelage of the previous holders of the caduceus. Each one shows her how they handled the role, and what their perception of the world (as well as the...more
Mel
Promethea book 2 was a bit of an odd mixture. It is definitely a collection of comics more than a graphic novel, as each issue had it's one theme. The frist was definitely my favourite as the gay guy promethea talked about his life and the meeting of the physical world and reality. Then there was adventure in the hospital and Alan Moore's guide to sex and magic, which while quite good, I must admit felt a bit heavy handed. The last issue contained what to me is the biggest and most unforgivable...more
Jesse Field
Promethea, demi-goddess of the arts and imagination, continues her adventures, confronting her would-be occult assassins in one spectacular battle scene before setting out to learn the meaning of magic so she can find her lost friend and fellow-Promethea host, Barbara.

After flying through this volume in a single day, I’m filled with the feeling that it is the best graphic novel I’ve ever read. Just as with all ambitious writing, Promethea asks a lot of its readers, though it reminds them that t...more
Julian
Book two of Promethea deepens and extends the already epic scale of the action. What is amazing is the way that the story can encompass both ass-kicking on a grand scale, satire and an extraordinary voyage around a revisionist Tarot pack, which is aligned with the history of the universe. And all these strands are held together superbly. It's also worth noting that Moore, when he invokes immaterial planes of existence, doesn't fall into the New Age trap of decrying reason and science and so fort...more
Matt
Promethea has been my first venture in the world of graphic novels and I have to say I'm blown away. In the first and second volumes Moore takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through imagination, spirituality, philosophy and mysticism which is exquisitely accompanied by an array of psychedelic art that pushes the boundaries of what can be considered comic book illustration, on almost every page.

Inasmuch as this story is a comic book with a 'super hero' undertones, it is also a materialisa...more
Tobey
Volume 2 of Promethea has a couple issues of superheroics, but by the time we get to issue 12, Moore takes the wheels off the tram, as it were. The great Promethea reread continues...

Bill, a previous wielder of the powers of Promethea, continues Sophie’s education in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot, by teaching her the Way of the Coin, physical existence. William “Bill” Woolcott’s time as Promethea ended tragically, but he teaches Sophie about the importance of loving life while you can. Then the...more
Angel
After the first one, this one seemed a bit of a letdown. I still liked it. The art on this series is simply gorgeous overall (though given the art in the rest of the volume, I really expected those Tarot cards to be a lot more ornate). The main problem for me is that the reading experience was simply exhausting. By the time I got to the last part with the story of the universe and the tarot, I just wanted it to end. Moore just packed way too much stuff; it was a bit overloaded. And I did find th...more
Ryan
The second volume of Promethea begins with Sophie continuing to meet with the other Prometheas, and also with other figures from Promethea's life, including evil wizard Jack Faust. The plot starts to become a lot less important in this volume – Moore has a lot of stuff he wants to discuss, including dualism, tarot, feminism, tantra, kabbalah, magic, and the relationship between science and religion. In the hands of lesser artists than Moore and Williams this didactism would be tiring, but they t...more
Portia S
No synopsis really. It's a continuation of the first volume, and like it was pretty interesting in the middle, but like the end just lost me and got overly verbose and I realised the reason for the detailed Mucha inspired art: the boring parts.

The boring parts.

The end was boring with lots of lovely art.
Fausto Rodríguez
O que é mais real? O mundo físico e a matéria palpável ou o mundo imaterial, a imaginação? A materialidade torna um objeto mais forte que sua ideia? Promethea é uma péssima hq, ainda mais para quem é fã do gênero. Vou explicar o porque. Esse tipo de trabalho surge vez que outra da mente de algum gênio para acabar completamente com interesse de ler qualquer outro texto mais tradicional, em especial o mercado mainstream americano. Me senti assim tão apaixonado com a profundidade e inteligência de...more
Bro (Dave Kurimsky)
Currently reading this comic. I read the first book and anything I say applies to that one, too.

Neat book. I liked it enough to buy a copy. Kind of a mix of typical Alan Moore / Frank Miller dystopian future shtick mixed with postmodern fantasy and heavily surrealist art.

Interesting plot. Dense, engaging art (might be a bit much for some) The art is hard to follow in parts.

Some quips: The cast is almost entirely female and of varying ages but all seem to talk like 15 year old boys. There is a l...more
Jessie Radford
I liked the book, it definitely gets more into detail describing the different stories of other Prometheas. Now I will say this, without trying to give away too much of the story. If sex scenes....however ungraphic they may be...especially involving an older very wrinkled gentlemen. Offends your sensiblities I would suggest skipping this one hehe. But I will say this, while at first the scene really kind of weirded/ grossed me out. When you actually read the words being spoken by this very wrink...more
Pturingan
The series continues to be terrific, with Moore and Williams experimenting with different types of storytelling devices which showcase the flexibility of comics as a medium. There's an issue told entirely in "widescreen" format- as if it were a movie, almost an entire issue on tantric sex, and of course, the last issue in the collection which tries to tell the history of the universe through tarot cards, scrabble tiles and a joke. What a trip! I'm almost tempted to buy the oversized Absolute edi...more
Juju
Still dazzling and full of ideas.
thom
The last comic in this series (The Magic Theatre) is one of the first to really play with how to impart information in comic form that you see a lot more of as the Promethea series continues.

However, the rest of the book's broadly made up of the sort of pretty uninspiring story that makes up a lot of Moore's work for ABC.

Still, the overall product is fun to read and full of fascinating insight into magic as Moore sees it, and until we get his big book of magic in a couple of year's time, that's...more
Wealhtheow
Aug 30, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of Fray or the Invisibles,
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Sophie is a geeky New York teen in 1999 doing a paper on a mythic figure, Promethea. Always female, Promethea has had many personalities and roles, but she is found in fiction written in almost every generation. Just Sophie is giving up, she's attacked by monsters...and saved by Promethea. But the current Promethea is fading fast, and in order to survive Sophie must take on the mantle of this magical female.
Promethea is imagination manifest, and through her Sophie discovers powers and dangers s...more
Jennifer
Sleep = Missed.
Mind = Blown.
Jason
This series started off with a really cool concept and was written by an astounding author, but I felt the delivery was lacking. I absolutely loved the colorful artwork and the idea of revisiting the old Greek tale with a modern retelling. I didn't appreciate how distracting and hyper-sexual the content was and how chaotic the storyline was presented. It didn't feel linear at all and left me pretty confused at the direction of the storyline. Again, a cool concept by a talented writer. I just wis...more
Jessica Edmiston
Moore's writing is a bit heavy-handed at times, but the story is fun and explores an interesting concept. The series is full of on-point social commentary with quips in both the narrative and art. I especially appreciate the depiction of strong, empowered female characters.

J. H. Williams III does an AMAZING job with the illustrations - his art and panel layouts in this series are intricate, innovative, and beautiful - some of the best I've seen.
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