History ComicBook / Promethea

1st Jan '16 12:26:27 PM Exxolon
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Promethea (1999-2005) was an award-winning comic book series by Creator/AlanMoore, published by Creator/AmericasBestComics. Sorry, we're probably going to have to be more specific, huh?

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Promethea '''''Promethea''''' (1999-2005) was an award-winning comic book series by Creator/AlanMoore, published by Creator/AmericasBestComics. Sorry, we're probably going to have to be more specific, huh?
8th Nov '15 5:24:48 PM FF32
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* Odd-Shaped Panel: Frequently used in the mystic realms.

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* Odd-Shaped Panel: OddShapedPanel: Frequently used in the mystic realms.
14th Aug '15 11:05:41 PM AliceMacher
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* MonsterClown: Dollface of course.

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* MonsterClown: Dollface The Painted Doll, of course.
1st Jan '15 3:14:41 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Painted Doll is surprisingly popular, as some people even wear t-shorts depicting him. He's actually referred in the media as a "celebrity omnipath".
** His publicity is ''too'' good. [[spoiler: One of his incarnations gets mobbed to death by fans wanting to be killed by him.]]

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: VillainWithGoodPublicity:
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The Painted Doll is surprisingly popular, as some people even wear t-shorts depicting him. He's actually referred in the media as a "celebrity omnipath".
** His
omnipath". In fact, his publicity is ''too'' good. [[spoiler: One of his incarnations gets mobbed to death by fans wanting to be killed by him.]]
27th Aug '14 7:39:12 PM Quietomega
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* EthnicScrappy: The ''Little Margie'' strips spoof this with Chinky, a ridiculously racist Chinese caricature. The Little Margie comic started in ''1901''; realistically, it probably could have been much worse.[[invoked]]
** Although within ''Promethea'' itself Chinky only appears in Moore's prose prologue to the series, Steve Moore (no relation to Alan), in ''Tomorrow Stories'', included him in two SpinOff ''Little Margie'' tales in the form of ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo''-style NewspaperComics. The first tale plays the trope straight; the second [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] it by having Chinky [[spoiler: reveal himself in his true form as a non-stereotypical Chinese prince, Ching-Ki]].


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* TheScrappy: Little Margie is an in-universe example. As the fictional creation of Margaret, she's stuck [[TagalongKid hanging around]] for eternity in the Immateria with her and the other deceased Promethea hosts, and her ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo''-like exclamations get on their nerves.[[invoked]]
27th Aug '14 3:47:47 AM Quietomega
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* EthnicScrappy: The ''Little Margie'' strips spoof this with Chinky, a ridiculously racist Chinese caricature. The Little Margie comic started in ''1901''; realistically, it probably could have been much worse.[[invoked]]
** Although within ''Promethea'' itself Chinky only appears in Moore's prose prologue to the series, Steve Moore (no relation to Alan), in ''Tomorrow Stories'', included him in two SpinOff ''Little Margie'' tales in the form of ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo''-style NewspaperComics. The first tale plays the trope straight; the second [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] it by having Chinky [[spoiler: reveal himself in his true form as a non-stereotypical Chinese prince, Ching-Ki]].



* TheScrappy: Little Margie is an in-universe example. As the fictional creation of Margaret, she's stuck [[TagalongKid hanging around]] for eternity in the Immateria with her and the other deceased Promethea hosts, and her ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo''-like exclamations get on their nerves.[[invoked]]
11th Mar '14 11:47:57 AM ChaoticNovelist
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->"There are 1000 comic books on the shelves that don't contain a philosophy lecture and one that does. Isn't there room for that one?"

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->"There are 1000 1,000 comic books on the shelves that don't contain a philosophy lecture and one that does. Isn't there room for that one?"



* AuthorAppeal: Creator/AlanMoore pretty much used the series to write about one of his favorite subjects, the western magic tradition.

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* AuthorAppeal: Creator/AlanMoore pretty much used the series to write about one of his favorite subjects, the western magic tradition.



* BigBadassWolf



* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys (well apes, technically): The Weeping Gorilla.

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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys (well apes, (apes, technically): The Weeping Gorilla.



* FiveManBand:
** The Five Swell Guys, the city's resident science heroes. One of them hasn't physically [[GenderBender qualified as a guy]] for quite some time though.
*** TheHero: Bob, though more officially than in practice.
*** TheLancer /TheBigGuy / TheChick: Roger.
*** TheSmartGuy: Marv/Kenneth.
*** TheBigGuy / TheSmartGuy: Stan.
*** TheChick: technically Roger, but Kenneth fits rather better.
** The various incarnations of Promethea that are active in the story also form a pretty solid band (though there are several additional positions filled beyond the standard five):
*** TheHero: Sophie
*** TheLancer / TheSmartGuy: Grace
*** TheBigGuy: Barbara (BoisterousBruiser variety)
*** TheChick: Anna
*** TheHeart: Bill (really is the nicest of the Prometheas)
*** TeamMom: Margaret
*** TagalongKid: Little Margie



* GenderBender: While Promethea is always female, one of the incarnations was actually male, and transformed when needed - the fact that he was a gay man was a factor in some unfortunate circumstances. There's also one of the Five Swell Guys, who seems to have suffered a [[MandysLawOfAnimeGenderBending permanent one-way transformation to female]]

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* GenderBender: While Promethea is always female, one of the incarnations was actually male, and transformed when needed - the fact that he was a gay man was a factor in some unfortunate circumstances. There's also one of the Five Swell Guys, who seems to have suffered a [[MandysLawOfAnimeGenderBending [[FirstLawOfGenderbending permanent one-way transformation to female]]
19th Jan '14 9:09:22 PM nombretomado
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* AuthorAppeal: AlanMoore pretty much used the series to write about one of his favorite subjects, the western magic tradition.

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* AuthorAppeal: AlanMoore Creator/AlanMoore pretty much used the series to write about one of his favorite subjects, the western magic tradition.



* TheVerse: Shares a verse with other America's Best Comics works by AlanMoore like Tom Strong, TopTen Splash Brannigan, Jack B. Quick, Cobweb and Greyshirt.

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* TheVerse: Shares a verse with other America's Best Comics works by AlanMoore Creator/AlanMoore like Tom Strong, TopTen Splash Brannigan, Jack B. Quick, Cobweb and Greyshirt.
22nd Dec '13 7:39:46 PM nombretomado
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* RealPersonCameo: repeatedly, especially [[spoiler: the near-ubiquitous AleisterCrowley]]. Toward the end, [[spoiler: [[BreakingTheFourthWall Moore and series artist [=J.H.=] Williams [=III=]]]]] also have a one-panel cameo each.

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* RealPersonCameo: repeatedly, especially [[spoiler: the near-ubiquitous AleisterCrowley]].Creator/AleisterCrowley]]. Toward the end, [[spoiler: [[BreakingTheFourthWall Moore and series artist [=J.H.=] Williams [=III=]]]]] also have a one-panel cameo each.
22nd Dec '13 7:39:36 PM nombretomado
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** [[spoiler: AleisterCrowley]] smiles and makes an "Oh well, I tried" gesture at the reader after Sophie rejects his lewd proposition.

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** [[spoiler: AleisterCrowley]] Creator/AleisterCrowley]] smiles and makes an "Oh well, I tried" gesture at the reader after Sophie rejects his lewd proposition.
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