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  •  Promethea by Alan Moore (1+ / 0-)
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    Brooke In Seattle

    also The Watchmen, plus his turn at Swampthing. Promethea though, thats my favorite and sort of a "litmus test". I've offered it to half a dozen people now and so far none of them have been able to read it past the first few pages. The style is not linear, it's deeply psychadelic.

    When I was caring for my grandmother at the end of her life, there were portions of Promethea I read to her in an attempt to help her with the transition. Laying there, listening to what I was reading to her, I believe it did help her. Helped her know I have my own path to "spiritual" fulfillment that has not one thing to do with the bible or religion. Helped her to know she really had nothing to fear as she wasn't going to hell. She was deeply religious, loved Jesus, was saved, all that but still she was terrified. That bible and those preachers, so full of hatred and condemnation. She was consumed with self doubt.

    The passages I read to her showed her it's ok! Death is just another part of life! And most importantly I think it helped her know for SURE she would never die as long as we remembered her and we keep on loving her. I sure do still love her and think of her often. She's gone but she's always RIGHT HERE....as we all are really. Sorry, this is such a tangent but what Im trying to say is this graphic novel is SO MUCH MORE than "a funny book" or a "book of pretty pictures", its a book of deep emotion.

    Seek it out! Read it! It's very challenging, especially the style but it is so so so worth it.

    Right now I'm reading The Walking Dead series and I gotta say, it works far better as a comic than it does as a tv show!

    Peace thru hemp / hemp for life!

    by Boudicia Dark on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 08:34:25 AM PDT

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