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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
K is a hot-headed and determined pilot of a mech, a large robot commonly referred to as a mobile unit, in the Neo Seoul police. Fighting against terrorism with unfaltering dedication, K never questions the megacorporations in control of his world-until he finds himself engaged in battle against the beautiful terrorist Sara, and a nightmarish confrontation explodes his sense of justice. Unfortunately, despite Cho's standout art (the character designs are sharp, smart and uniquely futuristic; the mechs are impeccably drawn; the battle sequences are clean and easy to follow), Phantom is a very bland story. The dark and totalitarian vision of the future has been more effectively imagined many times before, across many different mediums, and the characters are flat and predictable. Lee's vision is intriguing but falls dramatically short of its potential, relying too much on its Japanese anime inspirations (Gundam Wing) to produce interest among readers. No matter how compelling Cho's artwork is, it cannot propel the plot of Phantom into being anything other than a mildly amusing, albeit forgettable, read in the mecha genre. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up An underground group of pilots is trying to take down Iron, an oppressive multinational corporation, and they are interested in a police officer named K because of his ability to predict what his opponents will do next. In rescuing Sara, a member of the underground, K finds himself erased from the system he tried to protect. Should he believe the underground and reject everything he's known, or try and reclaim his old life, potentially endangering his girlfriend in the process? The artwork is fine, with occasional elegant blends of painted imagery and meticulously applied screentone. However, the storytelling needs work, particularly in the early action sequences; dialogue explaining what just happened frequently fills in for actual clarity in the images themselves. And while the storytelling does improve over the course of the book, the chapters get shorter, with a greater reliance on cliff-hangers and bloody macho violence. The basic design similarity of the female characters is regrettable; it reinforces the notion that the women are interchangeable and not truly characters in and of themselves. Stylish and with some technical flair in the art, Phantom proves disappointingly overreliant on masculine action cliché.-Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598167726
Publisher:
TOKYOPOP
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Series:
Phantom Series, #3
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.58(w) x 5.08(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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