It may not be the easiest title to understand, but Prophet #28 is starting to show some consistencies. However, this is still in many ways a title that punishes new readers late to the series.
First, the official description from Image:
Great grandfather Prophet hunts a younger clone of himself while searching for his old Starship.
For once I seem to be familiar with the titular character. “Old Man” John Prophet (not to be confused with any other Johns, Prophets, or John Prophets in the series) appears to be the same John Prophet from the last issue. The consistent storytelling here makes for much easier reading. Its much quicker to get involved in the title after following the same character for more than one consecutive issue.
This being established, the series is starting to show some key developments. For a start , its obvious throughout this issue that Prophet is moving closer to earth. Earth itself is something discussed but rarely shown in Prophet; the title now getting to a point where I am genuinely intrigued by what will be shown.
As for the artwork, this is of the standard found in Prophet. The style and design is unique, and this issue again diverts from the mutual browns found in many previous issues. Like the orb’s last time, Prophet #28 focuses on a new area, Callisto, and brings a new color palette with it. The contrasting red and white might surprise new readers, but its a welcome break for long time followers.
As for the dialogue and writing, its as ambiguous as ever. It explains what it needs to, but this is a title that takes pride in being mysterious wherever possible. Its part of Prophet‘s charm, but its also a major hindrance; new readers will surely only be confused by the vague dialogue and exposition. This is odd, given that this issue returns to pointing out every piece of equipment Prophet carries. For a title that holds back so much information, its very instant that readers know what every little item is, even when its not really used. A knife is a knife, it doesn’t need to be pointed out so bluntly.
All this being said, there is definitely some improvement. more than the varied colors, the focus on specific characters is beginning to give Prophet something to root its story in. If this continues, I may very well find myself deeply enjoying Prophet in the future.