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Here it is, the second-best comic of 2012… PROPHET BY BRANDON GRAHAM, SIMON ROY, GIANNIS MILONOGIANNIS, AND OTHERS!
It’s hard to see the shape of Prophet entirely. There’s a war, the resurrection of the Earth empire, the awakening of its John Prophets… and a gathering of Old Man Prophet as the opposing force. So much is still unknown, but each issue is something new that I haven’t seen before. Each issue brings more answers and more mysteries. Such touching moments of friendship and kindness fill these comics. The gathering of Old Man Prophet’s group was nice. Old comrades coming together, remembering what it was like to be together, relearning, and enjoying one another’s company. There’s a bit of a ‘hang out’ book in Prophet. It’s pacing is odd, but never not engaging.
Brandon Graham’s imagination seems limitless as he comes up with new names and species and things that defy explanation. One of Old Man Prophet’s closest allies is a sentient tree of some sort. But, really, he’s just like anybody else. A surprise that shouldn’t have been was the return of Die Hard. Graham makes good use of the universe he has to play with.
And each issue is geared towards the artist in question. What Simon Roy draws isn’t what Giannis Milonogiannis draws isn’t what Brandon Graham draws. All of these pieces fit together in such a way that it works incredibly well to have numerous artists that pick up different threads. I hope to see a jam issue one day if they can make that work logistically. Bring it all together is a mashup of different artists and styles. I wouldn’t put it past them to give it a go.
Like I said, what really grips me is that every issue is a new experience. I never know what to expect and I have stopped expecting anything but surprise. No other comic can match that. No other comic fails to let me down like this one. It gives me what I didn’t know I wanted until I got it.
In 90 minutes, I’ll discuss the final pre-2012 comic.
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