Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Phantom Stranger #15 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Fernando Blanco, Miguel Sepulveda
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 8, 2014

Kickin' God In The Teeth!

Constantine went and killed Sea King, but it's okay he was imbued with the spirits of an ancient underwater city, so no harm done there.  But those weren't the only things inside the dead Sea King.  Dead Man was trapped inside, and to add to his dickery, Constantine magicked him up, and sealed Dead Man inside for his own use.  All that happened, plus it looks like Phantom Stranger betrayed us again, and signed up for team Blight.  Let's hope it's all a ruse, as we dive right in.

Explain It!:

Luckily there isn't a giant whale Swamp Thing in this issue to embarrass me, so that's a plus right off the bat.  What we do have is Blight going to the home of his host Chris Esperanza, to wipe out his family, and any remaining humanity that's left in his host.  Our (hero?) Phantom Stranger shows up to take on Blight on his own, and save his friend Chris, but before the Stranger can bust in powers a blazin', a Scottish Terrier stops time, and demands an audience with the Stranger.  Now for all of you out there in interwebs land that have been reading this book, you know that the Scottish Terrier is god, and for those of you you haven't, well now you do.  God dog, deal with it.  So during this Zack Morris time-out, God tells the Stranger that he has a grand design, and the Stranger is not to harm Blight, and on top of that he has to help him.

Inside the Esperanza home the Stranger tells Blight that he is surrendering, and switching teams, but that lasts for about a second, until the torturing of the family starts, and the Stranger actively defies God.  But the Stranger doesn't seem a match for him, and as the psychic torture continues, The Phantom Stranger sheds a tear.  A tear so powerful that it knocks Blight back, and seems to burn Blight off of Chris.  But unfortunately in Chris's moment of clarity, he tells the Stranger that Blight didn't pick him, he picked Blight.  BAM!  Blight is back, and seems even more dangerous now.  Time to teleport the hell outta here.  

Back at the House of Mystery Phantom Stranger finds some help from Nightmare Nurse, and Constantine seems hell bent on using Dead Man being inside the body of Sea King to his advantage.  Phantom Stranger is tells the team what happened, and in response Constantine lights a cigarette, and blames God, Phantom Stranger agrees with the notion, and opens a portal, so the Justice League Dark can go, and kick God in the teeth.

Elsewhere we're given a small peek at a special project the Crime Syndicate's working on.  It seems that with the help of Felix Faust, and Necro, the Crime Syndicate is developing a magic weapon.  But whatever the purpose of this device, it still seems to be unsuccessful.  Mindwarp seemed to be the battery, and was killed when the device was turned on, and Ultraman isn't happy with the progress.  We'll have more information as it comes in, but yeah magic weapon.  

Bits and Pieces:

How is it that the Phantom Stranger can remain so good, all the time?  It's fun, emotional, action packed and even has God talking through a Scottish Terrier.  This book has everything.  Man crush aside, this is a great book month after month, and is a great issue for Forever Evil: Blight.  If you're not reading Phantom Stranger yet, then the hell with you, get on the trolley already.  This issue is great, and reminds me why Phantom Stranger is one of my favorite titles in the New 52.


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