Book Club Preview – Prophet Vol. 1: Remission

This new Prophet series is a radical departure from its roots as a creation of Rob Liefeld for early ’90s Image. It features a completely fresh take on the character in a collaboration led by story writer and artist Brandon Graham, with chapter artists Simon Roy, Farel Dalrymple, and Giannis Milonogiannis.

King’s Books in Tacoma is hosting a discussion of the book for the Capes & Cowls Book Club on Tuesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. The book is only $9.99 and there’s a 15 percent book club discount (you don’t have to show up for the discussion to get the discount). The book is also available through Amazon and ComiXology.

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The tale features a wanderer called Prophet on his futuristic, yet primal journey that takes him through weird planets and introduces him to interesting cities and biologies.

The story reeks of influence from Heavy Metal and swashbuckling adventure tales like Conan. It offers a fractured take on reality as Prophet meets gross creatures that demand sex, has to tear apart huge ancient cosmic beasts, outsmart beings with crystal brains, and win nearly hopeless battles across huge swathes of outer space.

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The IP that it’s based on was somewhat popular at one point in time, yet has basically nothing to do with that. Yet, in an interview about revamping his entire comic line at New York Comic Con in 2011, Rob Liefeld said Prophet was by far his favorite of the bunch, “You can read the book without any word balloons and follow the story effortlessly.”

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Despite it’s schlock-y ’90s past, Prophet is a book that’s masterfully done. Since the plot is surreal, it can be confusing at times, but it’s incredibly engaging and there’s a new mystery around every turn. Totally worth the price of admission.

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