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Fair Warning: You Have To Fight Me For This

Prophet is a book that shouldn’t work at all. It has no discernable point and every page is littered with captions describing what’s happening in the panels. It should be a failure. But something about it carries it through and makes it one of the best books on the racks.

This title is a strong argument for stylization over substance. Not an argument I’d ever make, but here it is for those of you on the other side who need a point of reference.

I’m going to buy this original cover art by Greek artist Giannis Milonogiannis if you don’t.

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How To Make Comics Good

So who remembers Prophet? It was a terrible, terrible book from the 90s that pretty well encapsulated everything that was terrible about that era. Sort of impressive in that respect.

Here’s some horror to shock you into remembering. Like a nightmarish childhood, you’ve repressed this memory, but I’m making you confront it.

Fast-forward a number of years and change the creative team so completely that there’s really no connection to that old property outside of the name. You’ve got a great book. Maybe the book of 2012. All it took was totally deleting everything bad about a 99% bad book and starting over. Which is commentary on where comic readers are at now mentally: “Name I recognize? OK, that’s my only criteria for buying. I’ll take four.” But at least we get this beautiful book. Try to stay positive.

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I Blotted This Whole Period Out of My Memory

What is this? I mean, I can tell it’s an Image book from their early days and I can tell it’s something I wouldn’t be interested in, but what is it? Who is Prophet? Stephen Platt is the artist, but was this book his or was he acting in his usual role of familiar to one of the warlocks like Liefeld or Lee?

If this is from 1994 and it reeks of it. I’m not low-rating Platt or any of the Image dudes here, but there is nothing about this that “lasts” for me. That said, it’s a fascinating period to reflect on because everything considered “amateur” became desirable. Similar to punk in some ways, but less engaging as art in my opinion. The punk comparison is apt not only because of the original output being “unprofessional” but also because the ones who made waves were immediately duplicated by less innovative creators. I think thats where this book falls, but let me know if I’ve unfairly judged it.

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