Written by Brandon Graham, Farel Dalrymple
Art by Farel Dalrymple
Release Date: April 18, 2012
This book vexes me. Prophet #24 is one of those books that I just can’t pinpoint if it is brilliant in it’s confusion or just plain confused. Prophet reads like a sci-fi episode of The Twilight Zone in the respect that it’s storylines are grandiose and the method with which Graham tells the story is through the stream of conscious thoughts of John Prophet. On one hand, I will admit that the draw of the book is the off-the-wall sci-fi concepts and the imagination of Brandon Graham is one full display in this book. There is no other title on the shelves like Prophet, that is for sure, but while it is unique in its concepts and scope, the utter lack of dialogue and inner monologue of a (sometimes it seems) madman left me unsure of what the hell was going on. This arc, somewhat more than the last, is confusing in its eventual goal and I may just be missing the boat, or the point entirely, but there does not seem to be any tie between this issue and the entire last arc. This issue is focuses on an entirely new mission for a new clone of Prophet and feels like the beginning of a new mini-series, not a continuation of an ongoing in any way, shape or form.
The art by Farel Dalrymple suits the script well. Dalrymple has a difficult task, creating a truly alien world and he excels at it. This world is visually engaging in its foreign nature and Dalrymple does a good job of keeping the narrative flowing when the internal monologue of Prophet isn’t fleshing the story out. Dalrymple definitely suits this title well and would be a great long term artist on this book.