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Promethea, Vol. 3 (Promethea #3)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  2,663 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Issues 13-18.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 24th 2003 by Wildstorm (first published February 2002)
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Moore's interest in the occult takes over the book, and its quality suffers a great deal as a result. The "plot" still exists in some form, as Sophie travels up the kabalistic tree of creation, but it is second to Moore's attempt to synthesize Egyptian, Judaic, Roman, Greek, Norse, Christian, etc. mythologies into a complete system for understanding the world. It really starts to fall into the morass of new age mysticism and hippie simple-mindedness, complete with faux-insightful comments such a ...more
Federiken Masters
Oct 08, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Federiken by: Todo
Igual de interesante, original, perturbador, bien dibujado, bien escrito y rompemoldes que los anteriores, pero los pasa principalmente por dos detalles no menores:
Uno, que nunca antes había tenido que hacer trampa para pasar de hoja hasta la página doble en la que Promethea y Barbara se quedan charlando en un bucle infinito.
Dos, nunca antes un Dios me había mirado directo a los ojos. La experiencia fue tan fascinante como terrorífica.
Ahora, a rezar porque los dos tomos que quedan caigan en mis
Joan Sebastián Araujo Arena

No hay que confundirse, el barbudo no ha dejado de lado su propósito inicial de utilizar su creación como un pretexto para presumir de sus conocimientos y, al mismo tiempo, de servir de maestro que, al modo heracliteano, casi prefiere expresarse con aforismos, de modo que la enseñanza esté ahí, en sus palabras, aunque sea realmente difícil acceder a la misma.

De este modo, se descubre un aspecto no contemplado por los bicéfalos que somos todos: las cartas del tarot no sólo se pueden usar para
Moore's exploration of magic continues, although this volume splits his storyline into two parallel threads. One takes Promethea, our Wonder Woman-inspired heroine on a Kaballah-inspired exploration of the afterlife. The other sees a former Promethea return to Earth for some sword-swinging action.

Both parts privilege the concept over the storytelling, although the imbalance is obviously more extreme in the former. The explorations of the afterlife have some clever bits, but, ironically, despite
I actually liked this a lot more than when I first read it. A lot of readers dropped Promethea at this point because of the endless tarot/kabbalah/etc. references , but it's not supposed to be a superhero comic. It's supposed to be a spiritual and literary allegory, and it's extremely well-constructed.
Emily Green
Promethea: Book Three begins Sophie Bangs quest to help immediate-past Promethea, Barbara, find her husband. As Sophie must leave her earthly post as Promethea, and since earth does not seem terribly safe, precisely because of Promethea’s enemies, Sophie manages to siphon off some of her Promethea aspect to her best friend, Stacia, and gives her former Promethea Grace as her guardian and spirit animal. Together, they will protect the world.

The subplot of Grace and Stacia creates more excitement
Alan Moore cammina sempre sul filo di rasoio: l'autocompiacimento del suo oltremodo visionario genio rischia, a volte, di spezzare l'equilibrio e forzare la mano. E' il caso di questo volume, che sembra essere emeblematico di tutta la già particolare serie di Promethea (e la più autocompiaciuta, perché espressione di quella iniziazione mistico-magica di cui Moore fece esperienza proprio nel periodo della scrittura dell'opera): dopo aver chiesto diversi sforzi al lettore, Alan Moore osa troppo e ...more
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Reseña de Gianco para su blog, ciudadano Pop:

Los Mejores Comics de la Década PARTE 3 - Series Continuas
#4: Promethea - Alan Moore y JH Williams III (WILDSTORM)

Si creen que Promethea solo fue un remedo de la Mujer Maravilla, lo más probable es que solo hayan leído los primeros diez números. En ese caso, les recomendaría retomar el viaje y es que el desarrollo de la serie se vuelva una explosión imaginativa, llevando a la protagonista de ser una versión sofi
Promethea goes even worse, even more boring and even more 'newage'. Actually, as someone not lacking knowledge of stuff Moore bound into his comic, I feel I could comment.
First of all, if Cabalistic Tree of Life can be thought as a way to look over creation, it has COMPLETELY NOTHING TO DO WITH EGYPTIAN, ROMAN AND NORSE GODS. Alan, you look like someone who looks at a fruit-fly through a microscope and hopes to see Moon's craters. And those reminders of overall higher God/Godhead, and the sentim
Promethea three keeps up the quality of the two preceding instalments, while entering into whole new realms. First of all, the art work continues to be superb, becoming even more complex than before. Thus we have a double page spread where the narrative takes place around a Moebius band, and can be read starting from any point on the band, and others which are circular and work in either direction. Moreover, reflecting the shifts in the narrative from one realm to another, the style of the art s ...more
Welcome to my review of Promethea Volume 3, or Why I Know More About the Kabbalah Than Most Rural North Carolinian Baptists.

Issues 13-23 of Promethea are basically Alan Moore’s illustrated TED talk about the history, symbols, and philosophy of magic. Each issue has maybe 4 or 5 pages of Sophie’s friend Stacia fighting crime back on Earth while channeling the most militant incarnation of Promethea. The rest of the time we follow Sophie/Promethea and the newly deceased previous wielder of Promethe
Jun 08, 2010 Angel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alan Moore fans, readers of myth, mysticism, etc.
Sophie's adventures as Promethea continue as she goes deeper into the Immateria. Meanwhile, there is a replacement back on Earth, but she is a bit more aggressive. Only reason I did not give this five stars is that this particular volume is a bit heavy on the Kabbalah and mystical references. I find them interesting, but Moore does lay them a bit thick at times. I think some readers may not be as interested as I am. Like previous volumes, this is one I will probably have to reread just to get al ...more
Serge Pierro
Sadly, the third volume in the series continues the downward trend started with the second volume. Although the artwork by J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray continues to be excellent, Moore seems to be caught up in his mystical babbling and forgetting to move the plot forward. Seeing as this is the middle of the series, I'm hoping that volumes four and five pick up on the promise hinted at in volume one and finishes with a flourish. As usual, Todd Klein's lettering is outstanding thoughout.
i'm just not loving all this "world of the immateria" mystical belief stuff. the most interesting parts to me are the developments happening on planet earth while stacia is the new promethea. but i do have to acknowledge that a lot of the panel layouts are very creative and it forces the reader to become more engaged in the story since you can't just assume it's all left-to-right, top-to-bottom every time.
This volume of the Promethea collected editions contains issues 13-18 of the series, and is almost entirely devoted to Promethea's journey into the Beyond to find her predecessor Barbara and then help her find her late husband Steve. Needless to say, we learn alot on the way, about Barbara, about Sophie, about Promethea and exploring the Kabbalah, its worlds and its paths. Meanwhile, strange things are going on back in the 'real world.'
It's a beautiful run of books, as Williams, Gray and Cox off
Hannah Givens
Okay, they did some clever things with the page layouts to mimic traveling in Immateria. But GOOD GRACIOUS nothing EVER HAPPENS in this series! So boring. So much mystical blahblah to no point and purpose whatsoever, for issues upon issues. I may have to give up on this series.
Patrick Artazu
The "Promethea" series is less a story and more an illustrated primer on the history and symbolism of magic, at least as far as volume 3. An additional thread on the history of comics and pulp magazines seems to have been dropped after the first book. To get the maximum out of "Promethea" you have got to want to be a real magician, and BE SERIOUS about it!! Otherwise, the lack of a regular narrative might leave you wondering why you're troubling yourself to learn about so esoteric, and probably ...more
An inane, pedantic tour of obnoxious mysticism lost in its tone of vapid, glib smugness. Almost the whole of it consists of the characters providing superficial, obvious, insipid explanations of what's occurring; if a book is going to spend its entire length explaining some mystical or philosophical system (rather than exploring it in some interesting narrative or formal way—no, the gimmicky layouts don't count), I want it to give me the depths and breadths of that system, rather than leading me ...more
Rory Tregaskis
Both the craft and ideas in this comic are outstanding.

This series is so good, I'm demoting everything else I read by one star.
In Bk. 3, Sophie Bangs leaves her friend, Stacia, in the 'real world' to find her mentor, Barbara Shelley in the Immateria. Shelley is searching for her husband there. She thought she'd found him on the Terraces of Cruelty. But she tells Sophie, "Oh, he's just how I remember. That's the problem...The real Steve, he was so unpredictable but it's like a recording, an echo...a shade. Having just seen Inception and heard the last speech that the main character, Dom, tells his wife, Mal, makes me won ...more
Sometimes hard to figure out the reading-direction.. but the art is amazing and inventive..
And the cultural/occult/mythological/etc references is exciting too.
Seems like it's kind of sacrificing story for info dumps about the cosmos. I wasn't really that into this volume.
This series is really impressed with itself.
Sophie leaves Earth to journey through the Tree of Life with Barbara, and leaves her friend Stacia behind as Earth's new Promethea. Stacia takes a bit more of an extreme view of her duties than Sophie did (something that no doubt seemed more topical when this was coming out than it does now).

I'm not at all well-versed in Kabbalah, so I got lost along the way a few times, but there were lots of pretty pictures to keep me distracted until I got back on track, and Moore continues to do some intere
One Flew
Alan Moore's series of superhero mysticism continues to entertain. Parts of the story start to drag as Sophie makes her way through the higher realms, but this is easily made up for by Alan's constant experimenting with the form of the graphic novel and storytelling, plus the exceptional artwork.

While everybody else in the industry is busy writing tales of people in gaudy outfits beating the crap out of each other, Alan Moore is writing on a completely different level. He is easily the most tale
Nov 21, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: read the first ones first!
Recommended to Jennifer by: Dan Renfroe
Shelves: comics
This series is making my brain hurt. I've never read a comic so literate and so based in philosophy, religion, mysticism, oh goodness he just throws in the whole kitchen sink.

You tell me how to read a comic that literally includes an infinity loop as a two page spread. Now really.

I am still adoring this series, but I may need to read it a few more times to catch a bit more. Simple enough for a child to get the plot- but layers upon layers of meaning to be uncovered. What a glorious headache.
Just for working "Munchausen by proxy" into a punchline...

Also, it's gorgeous. Even if you're not into the kabbalah and demons and boobs and the planes of existence and imagination and boobs and whatnot, the art is stunning, particularly the covers, where you see echoes of the Beatles, Maxfield Parrish, 60s acid-rock posters, etc.

As an aside, the whole series reminds me of Tim Minchin's song "Confessions." Find it on Youtube, it's great. (Yes, another bit of art that is not for kids.)
Interesting volume three. I liked a lot the whole chromatic scheme in the issues inside of the TPB. Obviously it will start with blues since this is something important for Alan Moore and he did some similar stuff on Swamp Thing. Also, it was good to see the rest of colors like green, gold, and red. And you can appreciate that the intensity of the colors are increasing on each story. A little of development of the replacement Promethea left on Earth and some new interesting characters.
I'm so undecided on this series as a whole. At times I find the artwork and page layouts brilliant, the dialogue fun and unique. But issue after issue of the same "let's go on a symbolic journey through all the dualities of man!" get frustratingly dull. At its best it stands with Grant Morrison's The Invisibles (for its jaw-dropping off-the-wall inventiveness), but it's hard to deny that Mike Carey's Unwritten is pretty much the same concept but way way more fun.
This was without a doubt the best of the Promethea books I've read. I was a little put off by the Tarot history of the last book. But this one more than made up for it. It had me in lots of tears at one point as it was so sweet and sad. But it was a lovely portrayal of the symbolism of magic and the things you have to go through and the way life is. There were also fun parts with a new promethea who was quite violent. I'm now looking forward to the next two books.
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