"There are 1000 comic books on the shelves that don't contain a philosophy lecture and one that does. Isn't there room for that one?" — Alan Moore
Stude...more"There are 1000 comic books on the shelves that don't contain a philosophy lecture and one that does. Isn't there room for that one?" — Alan Moore
Student Sophie Bangs, while researching a college paper, discovers several references to a character named Promethea. These references are in a variety of literary works including epic poetry and comic books. Curious Sophie investigates and eventually finds Barbara Shelley, the wife of the now-deceased author of the latest incarnation of the character. Her attempt to interview Ms. Shelley is unsuccessful.
Her investigation has been noticed, and she is warned by Barbara Shelley. On her way home she's attacked by a Living Shadow, but is rescued by a curious figure - Barbara, dressed as the latest incarnation of the Promethea character.
After they escape, Barbara tells Sophie how her husband's imagination made it possible for her to become Promethea. She explains to Sophie that in ancient Egypt a magician tried to save his daughter from the religious persecution that would kill him by getting his gods to preserve her forever as a story. Barbara further explains that some authors including her husband enabled her to cross back into the material world through the power of imagination as the superhero Promethea. Barbara warns Sophie that they have only managed to slow the Living Shadow down. She suggests that Sophie try and use her creativity to summon Promethea or they are both doomed. Sophiewrites about the character, imagining herself as Promethea, and succeeds in fully embodying her. She manages to fight back the creature as it returns, but her troubles have only just begun.
Now Sophie has to figure out how to be Promethea and herself. She has to learn to identify and deal with Promethea's enemies, and for that she seeks guidance from the former incarnations of Promethea. This involves journeys into the Immateria, where individual imagination and a more universal plane of ideas meet.(less)
My first reaction. Gah. Another X book? I don't have the time or money to follow these. Then, I saw that Jason Aaron wrote it and it was bringing Nigh...moreMy first reaction. Gah. Another X book? I don't have the time or money to follow these. Then, I saw that Jason Aaron wrote it and it was bringing Nightcrawler back. Okay, I'm your Huckleberry.
Everyone's favorite Fuzzy Elf died while trying to save Hope Summers from the anti-mutant villain Bastion. It's been three years now and except for Gwen Stacey, no comics character stays dead for long.
It was a fun, breezy story. It introduced a version of the afterlife/dimension where Kurt has been. It's been a very boring after-life for our Bavarian swashbuckler. It also introduces the core team of X-Men for this book, which includes the return of Firestarter, back to teach physics at the School. It was very exposition heavy and a bit leaden, but I hope to see the action ramp-up considerably in the next issue. But, the art. Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines create beautiful pages of comics. It's one of those books that I just enjoy looking at. Just beautiful. I'd give it 3 and a half stars, but since Goodreads won't let us do half-stars, I'll bump it up to 4.
This is titled 1 of 5 and it involves finding and returning Kurt back to the land of the living, after that, I'm not sure what it's raison d'etre will be. But with Jason Aaron writing and Ed McGuinness illustrating, it's sure to be a notch above most of the other 250 X-Man titles out there. (less)