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Phantom Stranger review

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Postby holtom2000 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:24 pm

Nah, not that thing DC is putting out these days - I'm talking the 1987 miniseries written capably by Paul Kupperberg with covers and art (though not finishes all the way through) by my favourite 'non clean' artist Mike Mignola.


I doubt this sort of comic would even be green-lighted today. It stars a bunch of C and D list DC characters, which were always my favourite as, let's be honest, there's always something about rooting for the under dog.
The Stranger was enjoying a higher profile in the DCU of late. A great appearance in BATO, a key role in Crisis, a starring role in Legends (where he jaws with Darkseid) and of course his own Secret Origins issue, where four possible origins were laid out. Which is better than what Johns definitely laid out -sorry, just saying.
In this series Eclipso is pulling the strings behind the scenes, empowered as the Lords of Chaos were set to finally take over and the Lords of Order were fading, as they felt they were supposed to.
Stranger, in a brief crisis of faith, proved powerless. Stripped of his powers, the Stranger was forced to rely on the help of some unlikely heros - Jimmy Olsen, Jim Gordon, Bruce Gordon (no relation that I know of), Val Vostok and more.
The story touches on what had been going on in Dr Fate but you don't need to read that to enjoy this.
This is a great little mini series that I find holds up. I even find some of the disasters depicted in this book a little disturbing (planes into buildings, rouge waves) seeing as how those actually went on to happen, but who knew?
anyway I'm sure you could pick this up fairly cheap and support your local comic store without reading whatever that series they're putting out is about. And some of you are young enough to HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN ALIVE WHEN THIS CAME OUT!!! Which makes me feel old... :)
Anyway, there you go, my retro review - go buy it!
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Postby covalesky » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:08 pm

Sounds great. If DC ever decides to reprint it I'm getting it.
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Postby holtom2000 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:02 pm

I would too. Mine's held up over the years but I would be interested in a better quality printing.
Of course, they can barely bring themselves to reprint JLI or Suicide Squad from that era so I'm not holding my breath
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Postby covalesky » Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:08 am

Neither am I, but one can dream :)

There are a few books of that era I would love to read, Doctor Fate being one of them. But DC doesn't agree with me.

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