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Promethea: Book Five of the Apocalyptic Series (Promethea #5)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  2,274 ratings  ·  77 reviews
University student Sophie Bangs has buried the immense power of PROMETHEA deep inside her, hiding from government agents, but now she must once more release that power and bring Armageddon to friends, foes and the world!

Reprints issues 26-32 of the monthly comic series Promethea.
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Wildstorm (first published April 2005)
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This series by Alan Moore and JH Williams has been one of my favorite comics ever and this final collection is no different.

The previous volumes were guided introductions to magic and the kabbalah. This last volume sees Promethea presiding over the Apocalypse while the government and a a super-team try and stop her. Moore's vision of the end of the world is actually quite uplifting and inspiring; probably not something you ever expected to read.

As with the whole series, JH Williams' and Mick Gra...more
How to put my feelings about this book into words? First off, if I could give it 4.5 stars, I would. I wouldn't call it "amazing", but it's given me enough to think about that I want to say more than "really liked it".

Second, I'm not sure how to describe the mystical psychobabble that takes up most of the last 1/3 of the series. On the one hand, it was kind of nice to have a superheroine who wasn't just fighting Bad Guy du Jour, but on the other, it just felt like endless exposition and no story...more
How hard to rate this final book in the Promethea series, but at the same time I had the advantage of having read "Tom Strong" and "America's Best" comics, so I could link the events with what happened here. Honestly, for people who only read the "Promethea" series, they will be way clueless at the beginning and the end of the book. Since, if only you have read "Tom Strong", you will be familiar with the character and his unusual family, and also the whole "end of the world" deal, I understood i...more
Matt Harris
Brilliant meta-conclusion to the 30 episodes of Promethea: Alan Moore's superheroine come to simultaneously save and destroy the world. Firmly connected in the real world, yet floating through it irreverently with fantastic disregard for convention, this comic is quite the magical trail, tipping its hat to Jung, Crowley, Heisenberg, Hofstadter, other brilliant thinkers. All these people including Moore managed to synthesise new elements from older traditions, Moore has a lot of fun doing so.

Sep 22, 2008 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mind blowers, revelationers, apocalyptic spiritualists
WOW!! That's... all... just... WOW!! I think my mind blew a gasket reading this final volume. It's just so true! This is it... our life... it's happening now... and it's our story to tell!! And nothing's stopping us but our own imagination's limits!! I bawled my eyes out, and then vowed to start doing everything I ever wanted to do, right that minute!!

Then I watched some bad reality TV... so umm... guess my wand (will) and sword (strength) need a little discipline. ;)

I wouldn't convert to Kabbal...more
Federiken Masters
Feb 14, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Federiken by: Lo mismo
Alucinantemente impresionante e impresionantemente alucinante. Escriba lo que escriba seguro me quede corto, más con el sueño que tengo encima. El último capítulo casi merece 5 estrellas por sí solo, nomás que termino amarreteando en el total por cuestiones técnico-circunstanciales, y porque le encontré un par de pifies a la versión española. Cuando pueda le escribo una reseña más elaborada y toda la bola. Pero según Promethea, ya lo hice, o siempre estaré por hacerlo. Así que a fin de cuentas n...more
There is something about the showman in Alan Moore (and there is a LOT of showman in him) which seems to drive him to end his stories with a bang. When I say 'a bang,' I don't mean a circus-grade tooting of horns and rattling of drums, but an earth-shattering, cataclysmic BANG of the Big variety. Look no further than his prior extended works like Swamp Thing, Marvel-/Miracleman or Watchmen for evidence. Promethea is no different, and has, in fact, told us we were heading for an apocalypse for ab...more
Kyle Burley
(This review refers to the entire series)
A tough one to rate because it definitely won't appeal to everyone. In all fairness it gets pretty didactic in the middle section as Alan Moore uses the comics medium to give us a lengthy lecture on the history and interpretation of magic and occult esoterica. If you check out I totally get it, but for me this is one of Moore's most beautiful, personal and perfectly achieved works. Even at its most self-indulgent it retains the author's razor-sharp intell...more
Oct 14, 2007 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sandman fans

Alan Moore is a genius, yeah yeah we know.
But have you read Promethea? This series has it all, Superheroes, mystical quests, the Apocalypse. I mean THIS is why we read: To be taken to another level of insight, bringing us closer to humanity. Right?

Read it.
Sep 06, 2011 Sofia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sofia by: André
I really liked this series. The themes might not be for everyone, but then again, nothing is. If nothing else, it's thought-provoking and very effective (not to mention beautiful) as a graphic novel. The final issue is pure genius. Highly recommended.
Alan Moore wraps up his exploration of magic and ends the world in the process...well, sort of. The volume is at its best at the start, when our heroine is living undercover in a new city, trying to forget her super-powered alter ego, Promethea, and the possiblity that she might bring about the apocalypse. But Tom Strong, another Moore creation, is called on to investigate, and he unwilling ends up sparking Promethea's return.

The story that follows takes us through a bit of mystical misdirection...more
Serge Pierro
For a series that had such great potential at the start, it ends somewhat decently, but failed to deliver with the volumes in between. I had so hoped that this would have been Moore's "Sandman", but in the end it was nothing more than his mystic babbling… It seemed to be more of a recollection of an acid trip - than a story.

For me, the main interest of the series was the outstanding artwork by J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray. The art was consistently brilliant throughout, and the page designs...more
This was without a doubt my favourite of the Promethea books. I was a little put off to start with. Everything was dingy and it seemed like they were in the real world not the Promethea world of science heros and weeping gorilla and it was all a bit confusing. Then Tom Strong showed up and I was confused all over again. (Tom Strong I tried to read but gave up after a few issues as I just found it terribly dull and was the reason for me realising as much as Moore is my favourite living writer I j...more
I read this ages ago, except for the long, long chapter at the end. I tried to read it, but it made my eyes tired. That probably means that Alan Moore is somewhere in his English cave, twisting his rings and scowling at his voodoo doll of me, but large amounts of tiny font in front of tie-dye-ish backgrounds just doesn't work for me. And thus, I ignored writing a review or even saying I truly finished reading this series.

Okay, so what do I remember? This was a pretty good ending. It was a coming...more
Jesse Field
"I - I hadn't realized this would be so intimate, so personal. We're all behaving so oddly, everything's so near the surface..."

Sophie's sentimentality grows less annoying in this finale, when friends and family all take the stage for a collective trip. It's endearing to anyone who has gathered with close friends and loved ones to share catalytic compounds ("drugs" is the right word, of course, but too clinical for such a context).

"Pentagon studies in the 1980s demonstrated that comic strip nar...more
Sex. Reality Cancer. The Apocalypse. Clowns. Promethea, Volume 5 seamlessly weaves all these disparate elements together in the conclusion to Alan Moore and J. H. Williams III’s epic story.

This is a particularly difficult series to review because you don’t just read Promethea; you experience it. Moore’s writing and Williams’ art join together to create something magical that succeeds because of the medium, not in spite of it. Promethea is very ambitious, and there were occasional moments when I...more
The final volume. Moore somewhat redeems the series by abandoning most of the new age mystical crap and telling an exciting story about the Apocalypse. And, it's a rather neat twist on the Apocalypse: the world doesn't end, but rather everyone is given a new and more complex perspective on the nature of reality. I like that idea, but Moore still manages to ride his simplistic occult hobby-horse through the proceedings. Moore's idea of enlightenment is, as I've said before, totally juvenile. It's...more

My mind ... is kind of blown. Scratch that, it is blown. Holy. Fucking. Shit.

In the beginning, I was torn between giving this 4 or 5 stars, but by the third volume I knew it could only be 5 because this is amazing.

An imaginary fictional character who manifests in reality through the artists and writers that tell her story. Obviously, the name's a feminine version of Prometheus, which means "forethought"... which means "imagination". [...:]
Imagination... tumbling, spinning... i

This is definitely Alan Moore's Theological Treatise. Part of me is glad that he did it and another part is sad because something is always lost when you try to explain that which is unexplainable. Alan Moore of all people should know that. I believe he really put himself out there by making this series because it is obvious that it is some of his deeper held beliefs on reality and most people will simply dismiss it as just another fantastical comic book.

I don't think it is possible to even try...more
It takes a certain amount of gumption to end your comic series with the apocalypse.

There are two schools of thought, traditionally, on apocalyptic literature. The first is that apocalyptic stories are a metaphor for an evolution in human consciousness - old ways of thinking are abandoned in favour of new ways of understanding the world and our place in it; the second is that they're used as political statements, saying that current conditions are so bad that the end of the world must be around t...more
Every one of the other four Promethea collections, it seemed, had a confusing, chaotic dream-like sequence—either an actual dream, or a heavenly journey across the Tree of Life, or an exploration of the magical symbolism of sex.

It is truer to say that this fifth collection had a couple of short lucid periods; other than that it was *all* chaos, all symbol, all longwinded unreadable insufferable explanation. The last sequence—presumably intended to be the summation and conclusion of the whole ser...more
Should've liked this one: Alan Moore + cool combination of ancient mythologies + killer art. Sadly, the stunning drawings are all that's worthwhile here - Promethea is crushed under the weight of Moore's worst tendencies: pages upon pages of masturbatory mysticism, some really weird/gross sex scenes, and aimless plotting.

The story itself (college student Sophie Bangs becomes the reincarnation of a mythical goddess whose destiny is to bring about the end of the world) should have really been a l...more
Reprints Promethea #26-32. Sophie goes on the run while trying to prevent the end of reality but finds that her fate as Promethea is unstoppable. The conclusion to the entire Promethea series (and for the most part the America's Best Comics) find itself more based in reality than the previous three books, but the end devolves into more "psycho-babble". The Tom Strong stuff seems almost out of place in the big picture of the series and the philosophical stuff seems just like a repeat of Sophie an...more
Promethea really is a great series of Graphic Novels, this last book in my opinion lets it down slightly but as a whole it is brilliant and I'd recommend it to one and all. That said, it's a series you're either going to love or hate. In some people's minds it's too preachy and it could be said to be more of a treatise than a story, in actuality it is both a treatise and a story and it benefits greatly for it. It's central theme both generalised and simplified is, All Fiction is Reality, a notio...more
Once I started this one, I pretty much had to keep going until the very end. In part, it was not as profound as the previous volumes, so that made the reading pace a bit quicker. Most of the in-depth meditation of the series was already out of the way. The nice thing about the ending, which I think is a stroke of genius for Moore, is that it leaves you with an uplifting sense of hope. And yet, you get the idea that the story will go on. This was definitely a good way to wrap up this very good an...more
Lady Entropy
Promethea is... well, Promethea.

Awesome. Confusing. Complicated. Filled with words and ideas and subtext (and subTEXT). It's a glorious mess and I love it.

I guess some of the urgency in the book was lost because, well, I began reading this book already with the notion that "End of the world" doesn't necessarily means "the end of everything". Rather, it can mean "the end of the world as we know it" and I had guessed it was what it meant. So Promethea's\other character's plight and urgency were ki...more
Apocalypse as personal revaluations. Compression of time in a post-9/11 world. Baudrillard's ideas of the virtual. New Age bullshit made beautiful, combined with personal drama and superheroics. Perfect Moore.
honestly i wouldn't have finished this series if i hadn't checked out the last three volumes all at once from the library and felt beholden to read them before returning.
Five days between the time I finished vol. 4 to when I was finally able to get a copy of vol. 5 (out of stock, all checked out, hard to get!) and that gap was appropriate seeing as how this book takes place three years later, and it felt disorienting and that disappointing feeling you initially feel upon learning how much has changed. I was like, why does Sophie look like Stacia (her skin is more pale and her face seems to have changed, then at the end of the book: why does Sophie now look like...more
Mike Travers
This work by Alan Moore tends to sacrifice narrative drive for lengthy treatises on Kabbalah and other magical concepts. Promethea in her various incarnations fails to quite gel as a character, since she spends most of her time expositing Moore's magical cosmology. I actually was fine with that, but I suspect it's not everyone's cup of mushroom tea. Has more in common with Aleister Crowley (who makes a few appearances) than your typical superhero book. The artists do a quite spectacular job of i...more
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