Trinity of Sin - Phantom Stranger Vol. 1: A Stranger Among Us (The New 52) (Trinity of Sin: the Phantom Stranger) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/6/4
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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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Dan DiDio, the author and co-publisher of DC Comics, strips away the mystery in the Stranger’s first graphic novel, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Granted, this incarnation of the Stranger is really cool and has a lot of baggage to carry (especially since he is who he is, and what he has to do to get rid of the coins around his neck) as well as a family, but I liked having him be the guy that arrived on the scene with the answers and kind of fixing things. Usually. That was the beauty of the Stranger. You never knew if things were gonna turn out okay.
Well, things obviously don’t always turn out okay in this new incarnation either.
The Stranger’s origin story was originally a number zero issue of the comics. In the graphic novel it’s released as the opening bit. I think I would have liked a little bit of the mystery remaining to the character before ripping it all away, but they did do that in the original release of the comics.
The storyline starts out big and grows larger as Pandora and the Question pop into the story. I’ll admit that I got lost several times along the way and didn’t know who was doing what to whom.
I did like the nod to other characters that have bumped into the Stranger during his various incarnations. Dr. Terrence Thirteen is a welcome addition, but I was confused about him in this present story because he obviously believes in magic since he’s pursued by a demon.
The role the Stranger plays in Jim Corrigan’s life was a true surprise. Corrigan became the Spectre after getting killed by mobsters and being revived by the Voice, presumably God. Evidently the Stranger is going to continue betraying people as he goes along, and that bothers me to a degree. I’m going to wait to see how this plays out, but I have to admit I was appalled by the events surrounding the young boy playing soccer. I don’t know why that had to happen.
Another interested character introduced into the strip is Pandora. I’ve picked up the graphic novel that tells her story, but have yet to get to it. Evidently a tapestry of sin binds the Stranger, Pandora, and the Question, and that is getting revealed slowly. I hope not too slowly.
The book ends on a cliffhanger, which I didn’t expect, and which I wasn’t truly happy with. I’m not sure how I feel about this new Stranger and his direction, but I picked up the second volume of his adventures because the Stranger remains…mysterious.
From his previous incarnation, he seems more grounded into the human world and it seems a bit of a stretch from his character from the Pre.
It's a good read, good background and interesting watching how the Stranger deals with dishing out the punishments.
It's a good read but not for everyone.