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Promethea, Vol. 1 (Promethea #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  7,665 ratings  ·  273 reviews
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Sophie Bangs was a just an ordinary college student in a weirdly futuristic New York when a simple assignment changed her life forever. While researching Promethea, a mythical warrior woman, Sophie receives a cryptic warning to cease her investigations. Ignoring the cautionary notice, she continues her studies and is almost killed by a shadowy creature when she
Paperback, 178 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by America's Best Comics (first published March 2000)
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Jan 04, 2013 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: it was weird reading pop culture references to the Verve
Recommended to Mariel by: an exboyfriend and once he called me on the phone only to look for his copy of this and it was like why the hell did you even call me for then. So annoying. I didn't read this for years because of that.
"So you just wrote a POEM about Promethea and you BECAME her?"
"That's right. Do you think if I want to be Sophie again I should write about HER?"

Stacia, the sidekick who treats the skinny college girl heroine upstart as the shadow's embarrassing shadow is in her darkened behind sidekick place. I never really craved that kind of female friendship anyway, (what is it to anyone else how many guys their girl pals screw, anyway?). So Stacia has this bee hive kind of hair-do and she has a big mouth
This is amazing. I've read a lot of Alan Moore, but I hadn't gotten to this one yet, and when I finally read it I was taken by surprise. The deconstruction of story and fiction and imagination, the mixing of fantasy and myth and sci-fi -- all of that was as lovely as I would have expected from Moore. But what surprised me was the handling of the women in the story. Alan Moore's always had a... troubling relationship to female characters, I think; he draws them well, but he can never quite escape ...more
Bryce Wilson
99 Percent Of My Life I Was Lied To/ I Just Found Out Alan Moore Smokes More Dope Then I Do.
Michelle Hart
oh my f*cking god. first off, if you're not sold by the pairing of ALAN MOORE and J.H. WILLIAMS then there really is no hope for you. if i could dream up one "comics dream team" it would easily be these two. promethea combines everything great about moore's philosophical writing and williams' ridiculously inventive art style, telling the story of a woman who is part human and part story. sold? sold. read if you like fables, sandman, wonder woman, etc.
Fun stuff, but hardly revolutionary. My friend Andy recommended this to me knowing I loved Sandman, and it's similar in its emphasis on (please shoot me) meta mythology, trying to weave all human storytelling into some common mythological framework. Promethea is fairly different though. For one, it's a superhero book (albeit a very good one), with all the trimmings: kid gains unexpected power, must learn the trade, has a sidekick, etc. It's also not nearly as visually innovative as Sandman often ...more
I really enjoyed this. The idea of a heroine who is the ultimate champion of imagination- I was instantly hooked. But I also like how it's in an alternate super-futuristic 1999. I enjoyed the detail of that in the art. I also enjoyed comparing that time to now. And the Weeping Gorilla was *genius*!!! Now I have another superheroine who I really dig (I'm a huge fan of Wonder Woman)! I am so going to read volume two and three and four and five! Only criticism- the breast-size jokes. Enough already ...more
Series review: Like Lost Girls, an outrageously self-indulgent late-period Moore comic. Starts off as an okayish superhero strip, features some interesting, clever artwork, especially towards the end, and climaxes with some cool, fourth-wall demolishing stuff; but ye gods, the middle section of the series is just issue after issue of Moore trying to sell us his ridiculous cultish pseudo-philosophy, via a series of information dumps which repeatedly made my eyes glaze over.
Sep 09, 2009 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
I haven't been reading comics my whole life. I started a few years ago with some classics like V for Vendetta, and Watchmen. In the past week or so I've read a few more authors, and am getting a sense of what it means for a comic to be called a classic, or a great. Of all the ones I've read thus far, I do have to say that this is now my favorite. (Of course, this is only the first of 5 books, so I will have to withhold final judgment until the end.)

This comic is beautiful. The art is stunning, t
In which a chain-smoking Little Red Riding Hood sports a machine gun. A weeping gorilla laments not buying windows 95, and a hack writer misspells himself a path to Godhood.

Promethea has much to offer for both the general reader and writers alike. The tale begins with two stories, delicately interwoven. The great thing about the narrative technique used in the first chapter is that we get the legend underlying the modern-day tale without inhibiting the story. Whenever a story requires context o
I just picked up this book because I've seen it on the shelves of my library quite a few times and this time volume one happened to be in. It is (not so surprisingly) very good, I knew that Alan Moore is good with stories, I like V for Vendetta and (to some extent) Watchmen. This book takes a little while to take off in the beginning, but when it does it is great and I'm glad I picked it up by chance. The book is supposed to take place in 1999, but a very futuristic version of it. There are poli ...more
Jesse Field
If Prometheus, the man who stole fire from the gods and gave it to men, figures technology, then Promethea must figure the imagination. In Alan Moore’s vision, she grew up in America, with 18th century roots in obscure colonial poetry, and only came of age in the twentieth century, in comics and pulp fiction. A triumph of wit and responsibility working together, Promethea gives a role to every female paragon -- Wisdom, Sensitivity, the Woman Warrior, and even French feminist Hélène Cixous -- ins ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Sofia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sofia by: André
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Sophie Bangs is a college student in a present-day New York in an universe where the world is completely dominated by science. There are flying cars and high tech buildings, cutting edge medical treatments, and fiction and myth are things of the past, relegated to academical studies. Sophie is interested in a mysterious character named Promethea, who keeps appearing at different and seemingly unrelated times in history. Soon, her research gets her closer to the physical em
So as a part of my ongoing, unwanted, unwarranted, self-appointed backseat driver status in Oriana's Jugs & Capes all-girl comic book reading club, I have started to want to actually reread some of the books I'm demanding she try in place of what she's actually reading. ("Don't read Preacher! Read Transmetropolitan! Don't read Dark Knight Returns! Read Year One! And for Christ's sake don't read Fables!") Most of my own comic collection is currently on the other side of the country, but one o ...more
Apr 08, 2008 Steve rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: occult students, fans of graphic novels, feminists, the young-at-heart
Recommended to Steve by: I like Alan Moore
The language of Magick is symbols. Symbols convey ideas that bypass articulation or logical thought. So it was only a matter of time before an adept of the Craft utilized the graphic novel as a vehicle for magickal education. But this is no pedantic exercise. Rather this is a lively, provocative story on par with the most avant garde novels. As a by-product of this intensely enjoyable read, one may learn about Cabala, Tarot, Enochian angelis language and much more. The balance between text and s ...more
This was recommended to me by a friend and was one I'd been meaning to start reading so I put it on my wishlist on Monday and my mom bought it for me on Tuesday! I really liked this series. It was kinda Amethyst Princess of Gemworld, but done for post-pubescent girls! Any graphic novel that starts with a fake literary history of a made up folklore character is going to be great in my mind! I liked the futuristic present day, I loved the sad Gorilla comics, the city was beautiful, I loved all the ...more
Federiken Masters
Jul 23, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Casi todo el mundo.
Recommended to Federiken by: Autor
Hay que ser un genio para elaborar una historia donde la "superhéroina" protagonista busca destruir el mundo tal y como lo conocemos y que a uno le den ganas de apoyarla en su causa renacentista. Impresionante historieta-ensayo donde Moore se explaya en sus creencias sobre la vida, la magia, el espíritu creativo y otras mil mooreadas más, ilustradas en todo momento por un Williams que, aunque principiante, narraba con una fuerza y un ingenio compositivo envidiables. Si no llega a las 5 estrellit ...more
Sydney Bennett
Promethea is unlike any of Alan Moore's other graphic novels. The most prevalent detail which is completely unique to any of Moore's other works is the presence of a female main character. In all of Moore's other works, besides Halo Jones, the main character has always been an independent and strong-willed male. The appearance of a woman main character is revolutionary. Promethea represents a giant step taken into the modern-day world. Not only does Promethea herself portray an independent fema ...more
Emily Green
In Alan Moore’s Promethea, a young woman finds herself caught up in the supernatural life of a literary heroine Promethea. Sophie Bangs, if her best friend is to be believed, is a timid young college student who has been writing a research driven term paper on Promothea. In the course of her research, she contacts the widow of the last known person to write about Promothea, and as she leaves her home, Sophie finds herself stalked by a shadow creature. So begins the adventure of a lifetime, in wh ...more
Hannah Givens
Not Alan Moore's best work, but even his mediocre work is pretty darn good. This is a story about the power of stories -- people who make art about Promethea can become her. So far, they've done a pretty good job taking advantage of that premise and using it unique ways.

The backdrop is a futuristic city that really reminds me of the one in The Dark Knight Returns. (I'd go so far as to say the series is Unwritten set in the world of Returns, but of course Unwritten came after). I'll be interested
You know how Christian fundamentalists claim that D&D or Harry Potter wants to teach kids black magic? Promethea actually does. It starts off as a great bit of high-concept super heroics: a woman can channel an eternal story to turn into a radiant hero. If it had stayed that way, it would be a triumph, and we would have had a brilliant role model for women.
But Moore is after something more. The majority of Promethea is taken up by guided mystical journeys. Promethea is lead through the cards
Tom Lyle
So, Promethea is Alan Moore's Wonder Woman stand-in used as a way to express his philosophies about magic and imagination, which sounds like a great idea, but it didn't seem all that interesting. I suppose you probably have to have an understanding about practical magic and such, but it's quite a difficult read. There's a lot of weird satire and discussion about the realms of the imagination and how this universe is supposed to work, but it's very confusing and rather pretentious, while still wr ...more
after re-reading Watchmen recently and remembering how great it is i thought i'd check out some of the other things Alan Moore has written. i like this series (Promethea) pretty well so far; i like the idea of the immateria and the power of imagination, and the idea of living myths taking on different forms depending on what people think or believe at different times throughout history. i'm curious to see how the story will develop. i don't really like stacia yet though (what is her deal with co ...more
simplemente brillante. MAs alla de toda la infusion de imaginacion en la historia de Moore, Williams III se destaca de una manera espectacular. nunca habia leido algo tan configurado para la experiencia de la lectura y que funcionase tan bien. Es como un sandman hecho bien jajaja
Mike Cruden
My expectations of this graphic novel were already high because the author is the prestigious Alan Moore, the author of one of the best graphic novels ever, Watchmen, and I was not disappointed. The plots are complex, and it's certainly not straightforward heroics, but the effort is well worth it. Quite often you feel that you're reading Moore's own theories and philosophies about magic wrapped inside one of the most different superheroic adventure stories that you're likely to read, and Book 2 ...more
This is typical Alan Moore in both art and story. It's not my favorite line art, but the use of color and detail is really well done. It's imaginative, grotesque and charming in equal parts, very reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland with the story's juxtaposition of whimsical and horrible. There's also a lot of nods to New Age and ancient religion concepts, both in story and art. The story itself can sometimes get bogged down with the sense that Moore is trying to cram as much info about Promethea ...more
Serge Pierro
I'm very impressed with this first volume of this series. Moore's writing is excellent throughout! There is somewhat of a resemblance to Neil Gaiman's "Sandman", but more from a superhero angle. Moore also has a lot going on in the "side stories".

J.H. Williams III artwork is amazing throughout and the inks by Mick Gray really make the art shine! As a bonus, the first volume also has artwork by Charles Vess - thus adding to the "Sandman"-like feel of the story.

I'm looking forward to reading t
This was seriously so much fun.

The concept is awesome- a college student turned vessel/actual mythical goddess and trying to figure out all the ropes. Plus the world is set in a futuristic setting which is also very cool. There's also a lot of diversity- a fantastic variety of POC along with perhaps some future LGBT moments from the main character Sohpie and her friend Stacia (that was the feeling that I was getting anyway).

The characters themselves are pretty cool. I really liked Sophie- the
I have yet to read all of Alan Moore's work, but I think I've found the weak link in his comic book record. Promethea is the story of this character Promethea who lives off the imagination of other people. She came to be in the 4th century and has been battling evil ever since, living off the inspiration of the various writers that have written about her. The passionate and elaborate the belief is in her, the stronger she is. Make sense? Didn't think so.

Set in an alternate futuristic 1990s, the
Alan Moore offers a riff on Wonder Woman with this title, which sees a series of women infused with the power of Promethea, a sort of conceptual heroine harnessing the power of imagination.

As this volume starts, Promethea's newest avatar, a college student, has just taken the heroic form and is learning the ropes. She starts a sort of grand tour with her predecessors even as she fights off some demonic foes looking to kill her.

The concept gives Moore the chance to be satirize contemporary cultu
Jan 21, 2013 Zach rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of stories about stories
Shelves: alan-moore, comics
This book reminded me why I prefer to read comics in trade paperback rather than single issues. If I'd been reading issue by issue, I don't know if I would have made it past the first: it's Moore at his clumsiest, trying much too hard to be funny and writing some of the least credible American teenagers in fiction (Who says "go to college" when they mean "go to class"? Is this a Brit thing?). Even the artwork in the early chapters feels like J.H. Williams-lite: ornate borders aside, I was surpri ...more
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