by Orin, May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
What mad genius hides behind the moniker Alan Moore? For those unfamiliar with his work, Alan Moore made comic books "respectable" in the mid-80's with his landmark graphic novel Watchmen, introducing dark themes and intellectualism to a medium long thought only for children. Recently he has stepped in to save comics again, this time from the very brooding he instilled in them, with a return to the superhero format. Promethea is a work of sheer genius blending fact and fiction into something more than just a comic book. Yes, it can be read as a traditional narrative (and an exciting one at that!), but as Sophie Bangs (Promethea's current incarnation/alter ego) learns the nature of her powers we also learn about the relationship between imagination and reality — and the means to navigate them through the symbolism of magic.