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Promethea #30

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2004
By: Shawn Hill


Writer: Alan Moore
Artists: J.H. Williams III (pencils and paint), Mick Gray (i)

Publisher: Americaís Best Comics

Is there still one? Promethea lords it over New York, but it may all be an hallucination. The government works against her, but even the Living Doll and Americaís best are quickly overwhelmed.

Another satisfying issue, as plot threads in play for the entire series reach climaxes or seek closure. Promethea sits calmly at the center of it all, but her glowing apocalyptic energy threatens to engulf the country from its New York epicenter. Sheís shining a bright light into every secret, every fear, and itís so strong itís shining out of the pages of the comic and onto the readers, writers and artists themselves. Itís meta-fictional fun, totally in keeping with the entire tone of the series. Promethea is, after all, not just a science-hero but a fictional icon brought to life by first one girlís, later several womenís (and even one manís) need. Her fantastic nature has always been the source of her might, and the speculation that religion causes EM disturbances (or vice versa) is at the heart of her effect on New York City.

In a way, it doesnít matter if itís real or not, because everyone feels it already. This positive, forgiving issue of culminations is the first hint that Prometheaís cleansing reign might not be deadly so much as transformative. Tom Strongís hastily assembled super-team is disposed of quickly, as the centerpiece of the issue is not metahuman fisticuffs but rather a sexual union between two of the cityís more colorful mayors.

Also interesting:
Hereís a case of painted art that actually works with the story, as the painted images represent the illusion, the Promethea-generated sensory overload while the four color world is the more mundane reality. I still donít really love the technique, but Williams and his colorists manage to justify the choice in this arc, especially in an early sequence where a scientistís glasses let him see through the mirages.

Less interesting:
Well, Prometheaís done very little for a few issues now, so all the conflict has occurred with supporting characters. Their stories are diverting, but Sophie herself must have a stake in this as well.

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