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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 279

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Here is the other coolest moment from the first issue of Alan Moore and J.H. Williams’ Promethea…

Okay, the book opens with this…

then we get this in the middle…

leading, of course, to the ending…

What an ending to the first issue!

Wowza, wowza, wowza…

14 Comments

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 7, 2009 at 5:34 am

I think it was Promethea # 9 or 10, that Alan Moore and Williams does an all-issue about sex and magic.

Go on, I dare you to do a blog on that issue.
I TRIPLE dare you.

Then do a whole week on LOST GIRLS.

;-)

Not having read this series, what exactly is going on with Promethia’s father? Is he forcing the Christians to kill him, knowing his gods will turn his Promethia into a tool of vengence? Or is he precogniscent and merely blathering the words he will eventually hear seconds later? Why does he seem so happy to die?

I’m thinking he was ready to go to his “radiant, heavenly city” and used mind control to force the mob to kill him. Maybe even with the knowledge that his gods would avenge his death somehow. Am I close?

i thought the ending there was mind blowing and showed why Alan s such a unique genius of the industry. for having prometha tell the dieing woman she has time enough to hear her story. cool.

“I think it was Promethea # 9 or 10, that Alan Moore and Williams does an all-issue about sex and magic.
Go on, I dare you to do a blog on that issue. I TRIPLE dare you. Then do a whole week on LOST GIRLS.”

HAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, great stuff!

You could just do the 2 page Mobius strip from issue #15. That thing is mind blowing. Here’s a link to a small version of it:

http://zachwhalen.net/s08/files/images/Promethea15p08and09.preview.jpg

I read once that Alan’s description for that page was like 11 pages long! Of course there’s the fact that issue 12 can be put side to side and keep going, like the old Marvel Universe Handbooks. And it tells like 3 stories at the same time. Here’s a random page:
http://madinkbeard.com/images/promethea4.jpg

Plus, issue 32 was meant to be taken apart and made into a reversible poster. I just bought the posters. :)

FYI – here’s an interview w/ Mich Gray: http://eroomnala.bravepages.com/Gray.html
And here’s an awesome analysis of a random 2-page spread in #24:
http://www.sequentialscott.deviantart.com/journal/26983307/

I literally got a chill reading this! I’ve been putting off reading Promethea forever, I think I’m going to have to pick this up when I had to the LCS later.

I don’t think I can afford the Absolute Edition. Is the whole series collected in trades?

“Moore’s House of Magic” on the last page. Nice.

@Patrick C: Yes, the whole series is in trades. If you want to be really crazy, buy 3 copies of the final trade — you’ll see why. :)

@Lupin. ok, I will bite. Why do you need three copies of the final trade. Don’t be coy.

The crosses around their necks are anachronistic. This was before the cross became a popular symbol in Christianity and even then it would not have been the modern shape but more like a + (all arms equal length) or T (three arms). Also, Alexandria was part of the Byzantine Empire, which endured throughout the “Dark Ages” of Western Europe.

Like Paul, I would like to know what is happening here. Does Alan Moore actually know what he is talking about and this excerpt is just misleading or is he making stuff up as he goes?

Then do a whole week on LOST GIRLS.

I just DID a Lost Girls installment recently!

@Lupin. ok, I will bite. Why do you need three copies of the final trade. Don’t be coy.

Like pmpknface said, issue #32 is designed to be able to be taken apart and made into a two-sided poster. It might be cheaper to buy one trade, and see if you can find a couple of copies of #32 in a back issue bin. :)

as i said yeaterday WOW
absolute edition here i come :)

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 8, 2009 at 6:42 am

“I just DID a Lost Girls installment recently!”

Well, one can never review anything by Alan Moore too much. ;-)

Like Paul, I would like to know what is happening here. Does Alan Moore actually know what he is talking about and this excerpt is just misleading or is he making stuff up as he goes?

Eldric, you seem to be missing the point that although you, and perhaps Moore, know that crosses are anachronistic, no-one else does. If you put ‘T’s around there neck then most people would assume Moore was creating a fake religion. The crosses are a translation, just like their anachronistic use of English.

Furthermore, Promethea’s story is fairly obviously based on the story of Hypatia of Alexandria, so I’m not sure what it matters that “Alexandria was part of the Byzantine Empire”, murder of Pagans clearly occured. I have to wonder if you know what you are talking about?

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