January 20, 2007

Preview of RED PROPHET

The Alternate America History of Red ProphetMarvel and the Dabel Brother’s thrust into the realm of Sci-Fi and Fantasy continues with a look at the alternate America history of best-selling author Orson Scott Card’s (ENDER’S GAME, ULTIMATE IRON MAN) Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker.

Card’s critically-acclaimed Hugo and Nebula finalist novel is brought to life by Roland Bernard Brown with incredible realism by illustrators Renato Arlem (Silver Surfer) and Miguel Montenegro. Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker shows a rich and imaginative landscape with such powerful conflict and such pervasive realism as only Scott Card could create.

Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker is set in an America where magic works, hex signs are powerful, good and evil presences roam the land, and many people have special talents. The tale focuses on a young boy named Alvin Miller who is the seventh son of a seventh son, with the power to shape the world around him. Alvin finds himself caught in a war between the Red men and the Whites on the American frontier.
Dabel Brothers Bring Forth Orson Scott Card's Red ProphetSet in an alternate history of America where folk magic really works, RED PROPHET is a story about a Shaw-Nee named Lolla-Wossiky who sets out to find a cure his unusual illness only to discover a strange young boy named Alvin who has the ability to change the world around him. As an encounter with Alvin changes Lolla-Wossiky into Tenskwa-Tawa, the Red Prophet, Alvin learns that he must use his powers to help other living beings, and not to harm them. But as luck would have it, this lesson comes as a war begins to brew between the Prophet's brother, Ta-Kumsaw, and the frontiersmen led by Governor William Henry Harrison. Both Alvin and Tenskwa-Tawa are caught in the middle, forced to use their abilities and influence to stop both sides from destroying one another.

"RED PROPHET is, without a doubt, one of my favorite novels," said Sean J. Jordan, the adaptation's editor. "Mr. Card took a very complicated conflict in history, changed some of the circumstances, and wove a tale that seemed so real and so important that I had to read it twice just to grasp the fullness of it all. By bringing it into the visual medium, we're hoping not only to retell the story in classic comic book style, but also to portray the characters with the same amount of depth and gravity that emanates from the novel itself."


Rob said...

That's why this item is a preview rather than a review of RED PROPHET: because I've read only issue #2, not #1. When I do read #1, I'll have more to say.

Of course, I've also read Seventh Son, the first novel in the Alvin Maker series. So I have more than a passing familiarity with RED PROPHET and its themes. Is that enough to mollify you?

Incidentally, I've also read a few dozen reviews of Apocalypto. That's more than enough for me to base an opinion on. For the most part, though, I've merely quoted these reviews. The critics who have seen the movie are doing most of the work.

But it doesn't take any special knowledge to ask pertinent questions. For instance, is Apocalypto historically accurate or isn't it? We're still awaiting your answer on that point.

Rob said...

Re "reading reviews of a film that one unequivocally decides NOT to see or to experience in person fails background minima every time": I've read a few dozen reviews of Apocalypto. That's equivalent to a short book on the subject. I know enough about it that I could summarize the plot and no one could tell I hadn't seen it.

Re "writerfella is not an intellectual dilletante who finds himself content to let others do the work of his thinking for him and thus easily be mollified": I addressed this silly point before, but I'll do it again. I've posted almost 1,700 pages on the subjects of this website. When you've thought and written as much as I have on these subjects, then we'll talk. Until then, you're a dilettante on these subjects compared to me. (And since you're such a stickler for accuracy, you spelled "dilettante" wrong.)

Re "Just which part of the following did you find mystifying? As writerfella has stated here several times, no MOVIE is historically accurate or it would not be a movie":

The mystifying part was when you used your so-called research to justify and excuse Gibson's many mistakes. For instance, when you wrote on Dec. 11:

"APOCALYPTO only expresses what already was known to writerfella from his own studies and research and understanding of Native histories."


"Therefore, APOCALYPTO only matched writerfella's pre-existing ideas and imagination and not the other way around."

It looks to me like you were claiming Apocalypto was historically accurate. But if you meant your research and understanding were as misinformed as Mel's research and understanding, I stand corrected.

At least you finally answered a question. Congrats. It only took my asking it three or four times. Now you can explain the apparent contradiction in your answer.

Rob said...

I see. So Gibson has "imaginative" ideas about the Maya that have no basis in reality. And your ideas match his, so yours also have no basis in reality. I stand corrected.

Rob said...

Re "writerfella is not an intellectual dilletante" [sic] again: Right. Judging by your comments here, you certainly aren't an intellectual. You're just a dilettante. (A dilettante who can't even spell "dilettante," that is.)

Next time you comment on a movie such as Apocalypto, tell us in advance that your ideas have no basis in reality. Then we won't waste time taking them seriously.