Phantom Stranger Volume 1: A Stranger among Us (The New 52)

Phantom Stranger Volume 1: A Stranger among Us (The New 52)

by Dan DiDio, Brent Anderson, Scott Hanna
     
 

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Who has been sacrificed? Who is guilty? Who can save us? And who...is The Phantom Stranger? Cursed for a betrayal that affected the very course of history, the Stranger walks the Earth attempting to atone for his sins. His actions have consequences, and as he fulfils his duty, the people he encounters will never be the same. This series re-introduces a number of DC

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Who has been sacrificed? Who is guilty? Who can save us? And who...is The Phantom Stranger? Cursed for a betrayal that affected the very course of history, the Stranger walks the Earth attempting to atone for his sins. His actions have consequences, and as he fulfils his duty, the people he encounters will never be the same. This series re-introduces a number of DC Comics characters into the New 52, including the Spectre, Raven, and Dr. 13.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 
The Phantom Stranger is one of DC Comics’ most underused characters, so it’s a pleasant surprise that “The New 52” is treating him as more than an afterthought. In this collection of the first six issues of the Stranger’s latest ongoing series, he’s given a fresh, tragic origin story and a family and, consequently, something to lose when he crosses paths with the demonic Trigon and the Haunted Highwayman and with more familiar sparring partners the Spectre and John Constantine. The Stranger is as enigmatic as ever, but the effective plotting and moody artwork—especially the distinctive inking style—conspire to keep the reader’s sympathies with the Stranger while creating a palpable sense of dread, even when the scripting gets mired in mind games and threatening verbal exchanges between characters.

Verdict Although it may be tougher going for casual readers, this reintroduction to the Phantom Stranger is recommended for those who like their sequential art macabre but without excessive gore. Some mildly disturbing scenes of violence and the supernatural; suitable for YA and up.—J. Osicki, Saint John Free P.L., N.B.
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401240882
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
278,356
Product dimensions:
15.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Dan DiDio is the Co-Publisher of DC Comics. Since 2003, he has spearheaded such best-selling titles as IDENTITY CRISIS, INFINITE CRISIS, 52 and FINAL CRISIS. Prior to joining DC, Dan worked in television for CBS and ABC on creative affairs and development. He also wrote SUPERBOY, and launched O.M.A.C as part of DC COMICS — THE NEW 52. He is currently writing THE PHANTOM STRANGER as part of THE NEW 52's Third Wave.

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