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Unlike the Aborted Marvel Attempts at adapting The Prisoner Universe, it would be DC comics and a couple of Toronto fellows, Dean Motter and Mark Askwith, that created the official Sequel to the still celebrated Cult TV series The Prisoner. For those who are not familiar with the classic Cult Classic, you can visit the sister site Screened ( HERE) for the link to the series. Please not that the 2009 remake is not as good as the Original and I still suggest exposure to the Original to enjoy this book.
The DC Adaption is available two ways: The first being the 4 issue prestige set. It was originally released this way and it is listed (a), (b), (c) and (d) not 1, 2, 3 and 4. It was released that way originally as a homage to the series where there was an episode titled (a), (b) and (c), as well the titles of each chapter work out to correspond with the letters (a) for Arrival for example. The Second way this collection can be read is the preferred Graphic Novel format. All for prestiges are collected into one book, with a new cover and an introduction to bridge this and the series. Both Methods are enjoyable to read, because The Prisoner is a series about Information, the prestige way is the same story minus a little information, which may or may not affect the Understanding. I would suggest getting this traditional Graphic Novel, for simple completeness and ease, since four prestiges may be harder to find in back-issue.
The Prisoner is acclaimed because it is an accessible art form. Art being objective, we can all walk away from it with something else. The Original series today can leave some viewers confused and others empowered. The Original series for example empowered Grant Morrison where the third Trade of The Invisibles: Entropy in the U.K. is highly influenced in it. Barbelith as well seems like a nod to Rover.
The Prisoner: Shattered Visage is not a must read on its own, it is a must read if you are a fan of The Prisoner. If you are not a fan of The Prisoner, I hope it is because you did not know what it was. Watch the Prisoner first, then read this book. If you are a true Grant Morrison fan there is not excuse not to read this and have Watched The Prisoner. After all The Invisibles and The Prisoner share the same goal and that is Information. They say we can't have it, but guys like Morrison, Motter, Askwith and the guy who started it all (Patrick Mcgoohan) have written the code words to empowerment. Like how the black slaves in American sang "Wade in the Water" as a code, there are messages in art, we just need to know how to extract the information.
I absolutely love The Prisoner series and Grant Morrison's Invisibles. I tend to refer to The Invisibles more in reviews because there is a direct comic book relation, but there is no Invisibles without The Prisoner. Knowing history of anything is a form of Information and the more Information you know the more you really know. Knowledge is power after all.