This comic book is gold. Its mystical, metaphorical, symbolic, subtle, mysterious, philosophical and exotic. At its core this book is a staggering and rare balance between metaphysical, existential ethos of humanity and bold, fiery art. The story is unique, quirky as is the norm with Alan Moore's comic books, and the artwork is an explosion of ingenious, eccentric creativity. This comic book has a visionary feel to it.
The book is based in New York, and travels to several other dimensions of reality and of imagination. The year is 1999, an eighteen year old girl stumbles upon a secret and her life is never the same again, she is battling demons from a nether world, befriending goddess warriors and discovering the world of immateria; an adventure of unbridled proportions, a truth of startling measure and a confounding, challenging voyage through the world of reality and imagination.
Promethea is the daughter of a magician from an ancient, bygone era, and while her heretical father is brutally murdered by a religious cult, she is rescued by the gods of immateria, a world of stories and imagination. The only way for Promethea to enter back into the more conventional world of humanity is when humans seek her out through their stories, artistic endeavors and imagination.
The story kicks off with an eighteen year old, Sophie Bangs, who has been researching the legend of Promethea for her thesis, and her trail leads her to Barbara, the wife of the dead writer who last wrote about this legendary warrior. That is the moment when Sophie is inextricably plunged deep into a strange adventure. While she is attacked by a deadly creature, Promethea rescues her, but in a few odd moments turns into Barbara. And, this is the crux of the tale. There are several Prometheas, just about anyone who tunes into her mystical world turns into Promethea, and every such person is hunted by the demonic forces who believe Promethea is a curse and threat to humanity.
So who and what is Promethea? She is a female warrior that symbolically represents imagination, creativity, artists, spirituality, meaningful pursuits and is an enemy to a power hungry, war inflicting, ignorant, empty, dogmatic, delusional pursuits of mankind. This book is profound and poetic, the theme and art will blow your mind. I am thoroughly mesmerized.
I think in a way, the book is saying: if we pursue art, art will pursue us, and we will never ever be the same again.
This book embodies the personal philosophy of Alan Moore in the most powerful way. The back of the book has these lines imprinted which seems like the life story of Alan.
"Do you believe in the power of Story? Can it transport you to The Immateria, a realm where stories are real? Will it transform you into a mystic warrior in this world?"
The love for books & a hunger for stories was programmed into my DNA. And, sooner than later, life experiences sealed the deal. Books have saved me, transformed my life, enlightened me and have shown me the path I must walk. In a way, far too many books have played the role of kindred spirits and guides, leading the seeker in me to answers and paving a way for a new way of life. Books have helped me keep my wits, my sense of wonder, my sense of mystery and curiosity & my sanity in a life that has been anything but predictable and normal.