- Publisher: Image Comics
- Format: Paperback | 136 pages
- Dimensions: 168mm x 257mm x 8mm | 340g
- Publication date: 4 September 2012
- Publication City/Country: Fullerton
- ISBN 10: 1607066114
- ISBN 13: 9781607066118
- Illustrations note: chiefly col. ill
- Sales rank: 13,049
- On distant future Earth, changed by time and alien influence, John Prophet awakens from cryosleep. His mission: to climb the the towers of Thauili Van and restart the Earth empire. But, news of the Empire's return brings old foes and allies out of the recesses of the vast cosmos.
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By Nicola Mansfield 28 Oct 2012
Reason for Reading: I'm always attracted to post-apocalyptic science fiction.
This is going to be a short review as I plan on keeping it short. The volume confused me. I really had no idea what was going on. Apparently each "chapter" a new John Prophet would appear and start the story all over again waking from stasis from under the earth's surface to complete a mission in this new dangerous Earth. This took me some time to figure out so I didn't have a clue what was happening with each issue shift. Sometimes I wondered if it was the same book or some sort of error. The art is so different issue to issue that it also threw me off track. I don't mind a couple of artists working on a project but four, which each working on separate issues it just confounded my confusion. This GN is not for me, nor would I recommend it. However it generally seems to be getting excellent reviews. I enjoy science fiction but I am not hard-core, perhaps this would appeal more to those associated with that term.
By Mahbub Ahmed 13 Sep 2012
It is quite safe to say that I have never read anything quite like Prophet before! It is the most unique, mind-boggling comicbook 'trip' I have ever taken!
Brandom Graham (along with his co-creators) has crafted a sciene fiction masterpiece which can easily sit inside the pages of Metal Hurlant.
The story starts on a future earth changed my alien influence and time. We see a strange creature stalking the arid wasteland's for food. Suddenly a digger like object emerges through the ground. Inside it is John Prophet (who is one of several clones) and he is tasked with climbing the towers of Thauili Van and re-starting the Earth Empire via contact with the G.O.D satelite.
On his way there he meets a wide array of weird and bizarre alien creatures who have taken residence on earth. The comic is short on character dialogue for the first issue, it is up to us to us the reader to discover these strange places, much like our protagonist. Some of John's encounter's are quite funny, like his strange encounter with the 'Vagina Chicken'! Or his time on the Taxa Caravan's. These characters play an important role in John Prophet's quest. Most of them look like creatures that failed their audition for Star Wars and ended up on a cool science-fiction comic! And all the better for it!
The book features artwork from Simon Roy (chapters 1-3), Farel Dalrymple (chapter 4), Brandom Graham (chapter 5), and Giannis Milonogiannnis (chapter 6) along with Emma Rios who is on writinng and drawing duties for a short at the end entitled 'Coil: a clone story'. My favourite of the mentioned artists has to be Simon Roy's work on the opening three chapters. His artwork is very evocative of Guy Davis' work and absolutely beautiful to behold. These group of artists work really well together, and Brandon has an excellent technique of integrating the various artists (differing styles) into the story's narrative.
This is what true Indie comic is about. It shows what can be accomplished when a group of good writers and artists get together to share idea's. The possibilities can be endless.
On the evidence of this first volume, I am fascinated by the possibilties of where the story can go. And judging by the brilliant last panel you can say the fun is just begining!
I am aware that this comic is based on Rob Liefield's original John Prophet comic. But readers unfamilar with it do not need to go scouring comic shops or online for back issues because this story is a whole new take on Liefield's work. It is one of the most awesome, brain-boggling (in a good way!) breath-taking, beautiful, bizarre comics I have read! And for a self confessed sciene-fiction geek like myself - an absolute gem!
Highly recommended! - N.W