Review: Promethea: Book Two of the Groundbreaking New Series

Promethea: Book Two of the Groundbreaking New Series (Promethea, #2)Promethea: Book Two of the Groundbreaking New Series by Alan Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book two of Promethea deepens and extends the already epic scale of the action. What is amazing is the way that the story can encompass both ass-kicking on a grand scale, satire and an extraordinary voyage around a revisionist Tarot pack, which is aligned with the history of the universe. And all these strands are held together superbly. It’s also worth noting that Moore, when he invokes immaterial planes of existence, doesn’t fall into the New Age trap of decrying reason and science and so forth as obstacles to truth; rather he takes the more interesting position that they are necessary to get you to the point of being able to apprehend truth. That is a much subtler and more interesting perspective. All that and you get wise-cracking rhyming snakes as well.

Artistically, this volume manages to exceed volume one, with massive, multi-layered double page spreads where time moves in different ways depending on how your eyes move on the page, there being no ‘right’ way. Oh yes, and one section, a movie, is naturally in wide screen…

So, it exceeds book one. I look forward to book three.

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