Saturday, January 26, 2013

Prophet #33

Written by Brandon Graham with Giannis Milonogiannis and Simon Roy
Art by Giannis Milonogiannis

To the extent that you can have a typical issue of Prophet following its rebirth at the hands of Brandon Graham, this would be it.  I don't want to suggest that this book is falling into a rut, because it remains wildly inventive and original, but there's not much in this issue that doesn't feel familiar and predictable, within the confines of the weirdness that Graham has set up for this story.

Old Man Prophet and his crew fly their ship to a rendezvous with the woman armada (it says Amanda in the book, but I think that's a typo) of the Babel-Horolegion.  These are butterfly-like creatures that travel in living ships that are "a union of thought and form".  We learn that their ship is being powered by the long-dead body of Supreme, and soon enough, they are attacked by some kind of wave of psychic pain.

One of the many things that I've loved about this series is the way in which Graham has taken his time setting up the coming conflict with the Earth Empire, and this issue continues in that vein.  This issue doesn't really further that plot, and I kind of wonder at its inclusion in the storyline.

At the same time, Graham's writing is sharp, and Milonogiannis makes use of some very cool designs.

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