Story /Script / Layouts: Rob Leifeld, Colours: Romulo Farjardo jn, Art: Rob Leifeld, Dan Panosian, Clay Mann, Kenneth Rocafort.
Waking in Germany after 50 years of cryogenic sleep, Jonathon Prophet found himself in a time he didn’t recognise. He begins to find his way and befriends some heroes. They defeat Darkhorn and his disciples. Prophet then decided to go it alone and reconnect with a society that has moved on from his time. He now needs to find a place to fit in, in this ever-changing world. First however, he needs to establish a connection with his old handler's satellites to get his full power back.
After all the random titles I’ve picked up over the last few years and been pleasantly surprised by, I thought "why not?" and give this one a go. The title and front cover intrigued me; with a name like Prophet and yet the man on the cover is covered with blood and wielding a sword. The contradiction in terms about a proclaimer of God carrying out violence just seemed too interesting to pass up.
Now I’m a novice when it comes to Image Comics history, so I did have to look up the specific details about the character. I knew that in the early 1990s, some creatives got fed up with Marvel's payment policies, so a bunch of them decided to leave and start their own company, where the creatives would be paid fairly and retain all rights to their characters. Image first released a book called Youngblood in 1992 and in issue #2, Prophet made his debut to great success, so he then got his own series, which is getting the remastered treatment for Image's 30th Anniversary celebration.
One of the first things I realised about this book was how dated the writing was. After 30 years, it’s clear to see that writing has come a long way. I remember reading the original run of Lee and Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man and finding it difficult to get through because the writing was so descriptive and in your face, that it almost treated the audience like children. So in the 30 years between that and Prophet, things have come a long way too, but we still see a small about of this. Today's standards have seen readers with more literacy and intelligence, so there’s no need to be so blatant about the writing style. Here we get a piece of dialogue about Jon meeting Kirby: “I was fortunate enough to meet you, as Well’s young lab assistants, you befriended me.” It’s dialogue like this that although gets the reader up to date with the characters, is just so unrealistic.
I will say though that it begins with some quotes from the Bible, which I thought was handled well and brought a new dimension to the character. Even having a religious character is something unusual by today's standards. As strange as it is to have that in a comic, it felt quite natural for the character. and now I’m curious if he will be quoting scripture during all of the battles.
When it comes to the artwork, this is a celebratory issue so I have to curb my expectations a little. With 23 different artists and only 26 pages. We basically have an artist each page (some got double page spreads that make up one page). This is a very disjointed experience, as each have their own style but all wanted to contribute to the commemorative issue. I personally don’t like that much change, as it’s hard for me to keep up when artists change every issue like I’ve seen on The Scumbag (see my reviews). So this felt even more shocking. But to its credit, it does have some stunning pages, even to the point that some of them are worth the price tag.
Overall, despite the old fashioned writing and slightly confusing way to present art, for me this was a fantastic introduction to the character. I hope they continue the reprints, as this could be a fun way to introduce people to how Image started, taking us back to where it all began.
Prophet #1 Remastered will be released by Image Comics on 20th July from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology
Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.