It’s been a while, but Prophet is finally back. Whilst it carries on dealing with a complicated setting and plot, Prophet #35 bounces between two narratives, threading the pieces together. With plenty of promise for the future, this is definitely one for the fans.
The official description from Image:
With the help of an ancient force, New father Prophet searches for a weapon to fight a deadly threat to the Empire.
Prophet #35 is, more or less, told in two halves, jumping between the two. On one side is the continuing adventures of old man prophet. This is what readers have come to expect, showcasing many of the niche and fantastical sides of Prophet‘s setting, but it also shows plenty of depth and emotion. On the other hand is New Father Prophet. This side of the story has plenty of conflict; it really feels that, finally, significant progress is being made. Although many things have been hinted and alluded, this is the first time seeing any significant major developments.
In terms of writing, Brandon Graham and Simon Roy continue to be overtly vague and aloof. They let the art do more of the talking, and the dialogue and narration is, at times, more poetic than descriptive. Yet it gives Prophet its rich, mysterious atmosphere. However, as I’ve said before, the pacing in this series is often slow. Fortunately, this issue seems to deliver something substantial; Prophet #35 doesn’t read like an intermission or filler piece.
As for the visual art, this is where a lot of Prophet‘s success often lies. Simon Roy’s art might not be the most shaded, using flat color for the most part, but it offers plenty of detail. The designs of Prophet are one of its key selling points, and the art continues to uphold the unique and vibrant setting well. Likewise, the two sides both have their own visual appeal, with distinct color palettes. The additional border color (white for Old Man, black for New Father) serves the issue well, marking the different plots subtlety; additionally, the ‘black and white’ aspect sets up the conflicting sides smoothly.
All in all, this is an issue full of developments. Not least of all, after finishing the issue, there’s a great sense of potential for future issues, rather than vague ambiguity.