Friday, January 10, 2014

Earth 2 # 19 and Phantom Stranger # 15 Reviews

This week I am tackling on two reviews.  One is the standard Earth 2 review I do whenever Dr. Fate shows up and the other is this week's Phantom Stranger because it was so great that I had to write about it.  As always, these reviews do contain spoilers so be forewarned.

First up, Earth 2 #19:

Another great Earth 2 issue by Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott (with help from Rocha).  The current arc continues to develop as our heroes are trying to regroup from the last battle only to have things go from bad to worse.  Superman takes both of the Mr. Terrifics hostage and intends to brainwash them with the help of Darkseid's cronies in order to use their smarts for their cause.  We also see the possible cause of Superman's turn to the dark side as he, himself might be brainwashed as well.  

A new character is also introduced which will probably help our heroes cause in defeating Superman.  Lastly, we see Dr. Fate's prophecies start to come to fruition as the "Angel in the slaughter" is revealed and lends some assistance to our injured, and retreating heroes.  We also see that there is hope for our "Green" hero that has been MIA the last few issues.  Overall the story is great, and I am starting to kind of get an idea of how Superman might be neutralized in the future.  Nice to see some kind of light at the end of this tunnel, but I'm sure it's only going to get worse before it gets better.  Which is part of the fun in this book.  Tom Taylor is taking the readers in a super-wild ride that has tons of twists and turns, and I'm enjoying every second of it.    

On to Phantom Stranger #15:

As many of my readers know, I have a love hate relationship with J.M. DeMatteis.  I absolutely loved his Dr. Fate mini-series in the 80's, but detested his ongoing Dr. Fate series with Eric & Linda Strauss as the protagonists.  I also love what he is doing with Justice League Dark but had dropped the Phantom Stranger from my pull list.  Well this week's issue was so freaking awesome that I have decided to put it back on my pull list.

This was DeMatteis at his best!  The story was dark, mystical and magical.  Loved to see the Phantom Stranger battling Blight.  The art by both Blanco and Sepulveda is also great and matches the tone of DeMatteis' story perfectly.  This issue was probably my favorite of this week's comic haul.  It was perfect in every way.  Especially the ending.  The ending/cliff hanger was so damn good.  Loved to see the Stranger get angry and go after God.  I can't wait to read this month's Constantine to see what happens, I only wish that it was DeMatteis continuing the story on the Constantine issue.  Man, oh man, how I wish Mr. DeMatteis had written his Dr. Fate ongoing series from the late 80's early 90's in this fashion.  He can write these sort of mystical stories so well.   


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