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Phantom Stranger #0

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Phantom Stranger #0

Credits

  • Words: Dan DiDio
  • Art: Brent Anderon
  • Inks: Scott Hanna
  • Colors: Jeromy Cox
  • Story Title: A Stranger Among Us
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: 2.99
  • Release Date: Sep 5, 2012

A stranger revealed.

With his brand new Phantom Stranger title appearing this week, DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio begins to lay the ground work for the exciting, layered, and cohesive universe that many longtime DC fans have been eagerly waiting to return to their titles.  Though slightly marred by clunky dialogue and less than deep characterization, DiDio fosters enough universe-wide anticipation in Phantom Stranger to make the title more than worthwhile. 

As the newly revived Phantom Stranger emerges in the DC Universe, it is quite clear that DC’s magical realm is finally making its fated return.  Over the course of his 20 pages of character introduction and universe building, DiDio lays the ground-rules for DC’s burgeoning magical universe, including abilities, histories, and subtle nods to yet to be fully revealed familiar characters.  Beyond the hints regarding vengeful characters, and a recycled look at the creation of DC’s mysterious hooded woman, Pandora, DiDio furthermore begins to remove the veil covering DC’s upcoming mega-crossover, Trinity War.  Up to this point fans and critics alike believed the teaser art focused Trinity War around Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman.  If DiDio has any say about those assumptions, however, readers may just have to cast those beliefs into doubt. 

Phantom Stranger is a character that in the past was used sparingly to great effect; where his arrival on the page signified truly desperate, dangerous, and trying times.  How that feeling will translate to a monthly comic, however, has yet to be seen.  With the direction writer and co-publisher, Dan DiDio, is currently paving, on the other hand, there could be plenty of bold and fresh new ideas exploding onto and impacting The New 52.

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