Art by Simon Roy
Published by Image Comics
“The flap of the insect’s wings are steady and hypnotic. The 22nd evening. It took speed and strength to capture this drone on the edge of the sprawling canyon hive. Day’s behind him now. Long days ago. The jell city and the taxa caravan…The OONAKA meat far…the living island and the cold canyons. Now in front of them, after weeks of pushing east across this harsh new Earth: The Towers of Thauilu Vah.”
–from first two pages of Prophet 23
We seemed to have reached the end of the first mind-blowing story arc in the revamped Image property “Prophet”. Here’s a look at the first page. The quality is just so high in this property.
That’s a very nice Arzach reference. I think this was completed way before the death of Moebius, but hey, nice. It’s also very clear that the “Conan in Outer Space” vibe is very strong in this series. That’s because it feels exactly like Conan in Outer Space. There’s just a lot of high level technology that goes along with it. Who else would travel to “The Towers of Thauilu Vah”?
Just high level science fiction as well. You see that blue gelatinous blob around
Kull Prophet’s neck? It’s living. It’s very much in the mold and stylings of the soft squishy membrane like computers (useful for sex) that populates the works of Rudy Rucker. It does all kinds of cool things like attach itself to Prophet’s body and attempts to help him. Just in this issue alone, I’ve seen, what the character calls the “living dolmantle”. It can become a parachute, which fails but its nice that it makes the attempt. It can regenerate lost limbs. It can create new lungs to handle the thin atmosphere at the top of the towers, which seem to reach into low satellite orbit. It can create something called nutrient pods to feed you while you’re making climb out of the towers. Brandon also uses a technique that he’s used not only in this series but in King Cat, which I now have to pick up and take a closer look at, of art that looks more like an engineering schematic where he describes the very cool details of his science fictional whatchamacallits.
But wait there’s more.
The ending suggests many many Prophet clones on many many worlds. I feel good about the Future of Man, vicious savage though he may be. 4.75 out of 5 stars for this stunning completely enjoyable three issue run. Hope there’s more coming. Heard this issue sold out.