Welcome to the latest installment in my quest to uncover comic excellence. Today I discuss the intergalactic phenomenon that is John Prophet.
I'll come clean and reveal that I didn't have a scooby doo what Prophet was about when I bought it. Yep, I'd figured out that it was some sort of sci-fi series, but beyond that... nothing. I'd spotted it on ebay; Someone was selling volumes 1, 2 and 3 as a bundle. I am so glad that I bought them! I'm not going to review any one of the books for you right now, but instead give you a feel for the overall series.
I've read Remission, Brothers and Empire and also flicked through a free online copy of Strikefile #1. I know that the strikefile is meant to act as a bit of an introduction, but my advice would be to skip it and dive right in.
All these comics have been published by Image Comics.
There are so many things I could call out that I'm struggling to know where to start.
Perhaps we begin with a little bit of Prophet history? Just like the story itself, the history of Prophet is complicated and convoluted. Originally created by Rob Liefeld in 1992 for Marvel, Prophet was effectively shelved until Image Comics commissioned what they've called a "revival" version which started hitting the shelves in 2012. This revival version is the one I've been reading. I haven't read the original comics by Rob Liefeld and I've heard no mention of him being involved at all in the production of the revival comics other than being a part of the initial brainstorming.
Here's an interesting quote from an interview with Rob Liefeld published by newsarama:
"We had discussed a far-flung apocalyptic styled Prophet that reflected sci-fi staples like Planet of the Apes, Omega Man and Kamandi, that was the vision we were shooting for all along. Again, let me say that the Prophet creative team has exceeded all expectations. I'd read this book from any publisher under any title, it's so good. I am a life long Moebius geek, the European approach is perfect, the art is beautiful and the storytelling is fantastic. Had we pursued a Stephen Platt knock off it would have ended up disappointing everyone. This was the right direction." ~ Rob Liefeld 2011
So there you go... there was a concerted hat-tip to Moebius right from the off.