Prophet #37 is an unusual issue. It’s a one-shot that’s well written and crafted, yet it ties back into the larger, crazy plot of Prophet. Sometimes that’s a bit above my head, but it hasn’t stopped me enjoying it.
The official description from Image:
New father must finish the job that his lifebomb brother failed at (in Issue 31) and destroy the dismembered body city of Ixpoliniox.
This issue focus on a new father/john/prophet in a single issue. It’s a story that’s closed and wrapped up within the pages of Prophet #37, but it still holds changes for the future story, so it doesn’t feel too different. Yet it’s also very moody and atmospheric. Whilst other issues focus on groups of characters and wide, vibrant worlds, this issue focuses heavily on isolation and other themes, which help give it a distinctly different feeling.
Giannis Milonogiannis pens a decent story, that starts with the new john waking up and, from there, get’s right into it. This isn’t an action-packed story, however, and Milonogiannis takes his time following the new john. Even though there is an AI companion, the writing focuses on a very cold, lonely tone that underlies every scene in the issue. There’s also a back-up story in this issue, too.
Likewise, Giannis Milonogiannis also provides the art; this seems to be a Giannis Milonogiannis focused issue, with Simon Roy taking a back-bench for the most part from what’s apparent. This helps guide the vision of the piece, with plenty of cold, flat colors. The level of detail expected from Prophet is still here, although many of the larger scenes do suffer from having exceptionally large areas of flat coloring. I can handle the lack of depth normally, but in some of the wider landscapes some shading would not go a-miss. Still, the choice of color itself helps the atmosphere, from the cold blues of the scenery to the black figure of the new john himself.
Overall, I really like Prophet #37, although it’s difficult to say why. For a singular issue it offers satisfying value, despite some of its other flaws and faults.