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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 learns the secret of Promethea. Surviving the encounter, Sophie soon finds herself transformed into Promethea, the living embodiment of the imagination. Her trials have only begun as she must master the secrets of her predecessors before she is destroyed by Promethea's ancient enemy.

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ISBN-13: 9781563896675
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Series: Promethea Series , #1
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 287,043
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

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Promethea, Volume 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The great Alan Moore has reached his pinnacle with this title! Drawing from various legends, myths and comic book archetypes, Promethea is a rich tapestry indeed. And this is just the beginning! Any fan of literature or anyone who understands the true power of imagination will love this story.
Ain_Sophist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am an admirer of Alan Moore, from Watchmen, V, and From Hell, and also being very interested in Moore's own series about Magic, Story and Mythology, I was excited to pick up the first 4 collections. Now, having made it 3/5 of the way through the series, I know a few things about this story, that finishing it is not going to change. . .Promethea is a Narrative about the nature of existence and narrative, told mainly through a Mystical Superheroine's journey through realm where Western Magic's symbols demons, and deities are manifest as physical, living things. Alan Moore makes a very strong case for his interpretation of mythology as an aspect of our reality as living information. Promethea is a book I couldn't recommend more to someone who has an interest in reading about magic or practicing the real thing,But if one has already studied it, or absorbed Moore's views via the dvd about is work "The Mindscape of Alan Moore" for example, there isn't much else here worth your time. It's a little sad because Moore explicitly states at the very begining of the film, that no matter how fantastic the story you may be telling is, it must always have an emotional resonance. And while I can think of every reason why the story being told here matters, I can't bring myself to get invested at all in the characters for more than a few seconds. B.E. Ellis's Patrick Bateman is more sympathetic than the characters given here. I think the main flaw of the work here is that Moore spent so much time trying to get his cosmology together, trying to imagine it as a journey through a story, but didn't take much time at all to develop his characters, almost all of the development is gained through realizations about the higher order of reality, none of it is really related in a human way. The dialogue between the characters on the magical journey is almost totally pat, maybe it couldn't be put any other way. as a percievable whole, is a story about humans, that this author ultimately failed to put a human face on. note: the themes and concepts in here are universal, but Moore's main field of study has been in western magick, not to the detriment of the east, just that that is what works for him. For people interested in comics about Magic, and humanity, I'd reccomend Grant Morrison's "The Invisibles" it's much more down to earth, better paced, and has characters that more than ciphers the author uses to take us from one page to the next.
selfnoise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, dizzy, drunk on invention. The pure joy of a mad scientist, author, and artist doing his best work. I just finished the first volume and can't wait to see where it leads next.
pandoragreen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Moore's work in general, but I particularly love this series. Williams art is consistently excellent. For the coverwork on this series alone he should be commended. There is alot going on in each issue, which can easily pass you by on the first read. Worth a second or third go. Also the annotated notes available online are a great boon.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sophie Bangs is doing research on Promethea, an ancient goddess who seems to be appearing in the world at various times. Her research takes her deeper into the heart of Promethea than she ever imagined. In this series Alan Moore is able to lay out a lot of his more esoteric philosophy, from Kabbala to tarot to Tantric sex. Volume one is the introduction, and reads more like an action hero comic book.
Jargoneered on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the land of the dedicated comics fan, Alan Moore can do no wrong but this is faith justified?The first book of Promethea is an oddly straightforward take on the superhero(ine) genre - Sophie Bangs, a young student, studying the appearances of the mythical Promethea, ends up being transformed into the eponymous heroine. Subsequently it is revealed that Promethea is a creature (Goddess?) of old magic (Egyptian) who is called forth from another plane (Immateria) through the power of imagination - in the 'real' world sharing her existence with the woman who called her forth.There are the usual Moore tricks - his introduction creates a literary history of Promethea; all the previous Prometheas still exist in the Immateria where they can watch, and comment, on the new version; there is an incredibly popular computer construct called 'Weeping Gorilla' that spouts inanities; the mayor has multiple personalities; there is a science hero group - the Five Swell Guys; amongst others. Initially Moore appears to constructing a tale that discusses concepts of the imaginary but it progresses it soon becomes obvious that what we have is yet another variation of Moore's take on magic.For all Moore's experience there is some surprising clunkiness to some of the writing: at one point during a fight a demon does a little plot exposition; Sophie's best friend is unbelievable enough to be cringe-worthy. It's strange that Moore, for all his supposed subverting comics and his pro-feminist political stance, still creates a superheroine who is a stunning statuesque goddess. This highlights the dilemma with Moore - he does create comics that are superior to the average monthly fare but part of him still panders to the inner adolescent. Perhaps this is the secret of his success.With a Moore scripted comic the art is often overlooked - Williams & Mick Gray do a sterling job here. When the look of the art is relatively standard comic book, the use of layout is excellent, giving a sense of freedom and exploration to the story.Relatively enjoyable and I will probably read further volumes but is it time to reassess Moore's real critical standing?
kivarson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Moore's original tale of a girl who is transformed into an ideal of truth and righteousness is exquisitely drawn in a style that evokes the flowing beauty of Mucha and the intricate designs of Tiffany. Each era brings a new woman to wear the mantle and embody the ideal of Promethea--if she can bear the weight.
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful layouts, weeping gorilla was great, not enough happens, repetitive foreword.
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