As ambiguous as ever, Prophet #27 shows more of the prophet universe, adding more depth to the confusing narrative.
First, the official description from Image:
Prophet is trapped on an alien slave ship manufacturing living missiles in the middle of a massive space war.
This issue follows John Prophet. Yet he looks… old? Considering that a lot of people seem to be called John in this series, is this the same John Prophet? Each issue seems to follow a different human. This might be intentional, it might not, but it is confusing.
Likewise the setting has also shifted. This issue takes place primarily on floating orbs in space. The setting itself is fantastic, opening up more of the Prophet universe and diversity. Its just a shame the sudden jump in location isn’t really explained.
However, the issue also shows some of the other races and species in Prophet. These aren’t always at the forefront of the series, which is very much focused on humanity, yet Prophet #27 provides ample opportunities to get a glimpse at the inter species relationships. Prophets interaction with the tree people is certainly interesting, and the narration suggests that there is a greater history between the various races that inhabit these orbs.
The art work itself is the same, but the change in location provides a few unique opportunities. For one, the orbs and surrounding life feature the use of greens, a color not normally featured in Prophet. The title has always had a strong science fiction feel, with lots of technology and bleak landscapes, so its a refreshing change to see something more vibrant and lively.
Previous issues of Prophet have shown a rather barren or empty universe. The small amounts of life shown here gives the universe more personality, and the essence of hope. The last issue was a prime example of such depictions, showing two robots in a world devoid of humans. The contrast is equally welcomed yet confusing at the same time. Its two sides of the same coin, for sure, but it makes it harder to connect the various issues together when it jumps around.
That said, each issue feels like a self contained story in itself, and that reflects the writing skills on display. There are cliffhangers and endings that demonstrate the larger plot workings as a whole, but each issue reads well as a stand alone narrative (if you don’t mind the ambiguity). Prophet #27 is no exception to this.