Prophet 24 (April 2012)

Prophet #24

Prophet by Farel Dalrymple. Sure, Graham comes up with a great new approach to the issue, but it’s Farel Dalrymple doing some kind of even wackier sci-fi than normal Prophet. It’s indescribably wonderful.

The story is a bit of an odyssey. A new John Prophet–with a tail–wakes up on a toxic giant spacecraft and has to get somewhere. Graham has some red herrings–at least for this issue–and slips in a huge subplot almost unnoticed.

I suppose it’s technically derivative of 2001 and Moon but it’s so good it doesn’t matter.

Graham gets to the finish and ends it with more questions, though he never even tries to answer the ones he left open from the last issue. Either it’s building towards something or it’s not. The journey’s good enough on its own.

And that Dalrymple art. Just wonderful.

Sadly, the Shock Post backup is lame.

B+ 

CREDITS

Prophet; writers, Brandon Graham and Farel Dalrymple; artist, Dalrymple; colorist, Joseph Bergin III; letterer, Ed Brisson. Shock Post; writers, artists, colorists and letterers, Matt Sheean and Malachi Ward. Editor, Eric Stephenson; publisher, Image Comics.

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Swamp Thing 71 (April 1988)

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All of Veitch’s planning the last few issues comes to fruition. There’s not a lot of payoff, however, because Veitch decides to be a little too creative in his writing.

He follows a prospective new Swamp Thing through his day while Constantine is trying to coordinate events neatly. As for Alec and Abby? She gets a page saying goodbye to Alec, while Alec gets all of three scenes. Again, why didn’t they just cross this book over with Hellblazer and actually have some Swamp Thing in Swamp Thing?

Even the resolution flops. There are two, but the little one–where Alec hid the precious new Swamp Thing’s elemental soul–is better than the big one. Veitch should have focused on what he was doing well. Instead, this issue feels like a day-in-the-life comic for a new character who just happens to cross paths with some super guys.

CREDITS

Fear of Flying; writer and penciller, Rick Veitch; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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