Promethea 4 (Promethea, #4)
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Promethea 4 (Promethea #4)

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Volumen que recopila los números del 19 al 25.
Alan Moore (Tom Strong , Watchmen) nos transporta al mundo de la imaginación y a su particular universo de mitologías de la mano de los lápices de J.H. Williams III (Desolation Jones). Sophie Bangs, la universitaria convertida en Promethea, la imaginación encarnada, decide emprender su viaje más peligroso a través de las rutas...more
Hardcover, Recopilatorio, 192 pages
Published 2008 by Norma Editorial (America Best Comics) (first published May 2003)
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Summer
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.
Jen
Sep 19, 2008 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: prophets, magicians, astral projections, frog attorneys
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Federiken Masters
Feb 10, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Federiken 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 q...more
James
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 t...more
Serge Pierro
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 boundar...more
D.M.
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...more
Mel
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
Ryan
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 multip...more
Alejandro
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
Angel
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 an...more
Jesse Field
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...more
Wealhtheow
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...more
Lady Entropy
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...more
Fizzgig76
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 half...more
Didi
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
Mambabasang Miong
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 betw...more
Ryan
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.
One Flew
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.
Ako
This series is pretty much a collection of Alan Moore's belief about the power of imagination, story, magic, and well, tarot. If you're not really into the subject, please grab another book. Me myself got kinda bored (read: didn't have no clues) in the book 3-4, when he explained about every single path in tarot. But the ending and the idea is just marvelous.
Reade
Alan Moore is a spell-binding storytelling genius. My favorite part was the Weeping Gorilla character. Some esoteric subject matter here and obviously from Moore's 'magical' worldview, but well told and compelling. This stuff just drips with intellect, like everything else I have ever read by him. The Illustrations are also mesmerizing.
Wolverina
Artwork is amazing adding in a few stars.

The handling of rape, courts and bitchfights with all these men interfering and being the plot points started to annoy me.
Caleb
The first issue in this collection is dreadfully boring. Just awful. After that, things improve. The last two issues are a lot of fun, but they don't quiiite make up for the first one.
Janey
Rating perhaps mostly indicative of my growing impatience with the content ["Oh for PETE'S SAKE."].

There's only one volume left though, so I might as well finish this.
Chris
See my review for the entire series under Book One
Jen
Word of advice: if you are reading these for the first time, make sure that you have book 5 at hand. You will want it immediately when you are done with this volume.
Obisbooks
I'm loving the whole series, though all the Kaballah and Tarot stuff gets a little confusing. But the artwork is fantastic, and I love how it changes with the story.
Michael
Again, the Kabbalah adventure is good, but not completely fulfilling, and is boring at times. The other half, which continues the story arc of Promethea, is vital.
Cecilia
My favorite of the set. Where the meat of the journey and adventure really occur. A little unnecessarily heady, but such is Alan Moore...
Jeff Raymond
This graphic novel series made me feel stupid. Very, very, stupid. I still don’t get it, but the artwork was really good.
Caroline
So not for kids.

I defend my continuing allegiance on the basis of the artwork. Yes. I read it for the artistry.
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