Phantom Stranger #18

Phantom Stranger #18

Writer: J. M. DeMatteis Artist: Fernando Blanco Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 2, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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"The Crack in Creation" begins! Sin Eater and his new master, the mysterious Non, are marshaling an army of these in-between souls! Their goal? To invade the world of the living and set up a new order! Guest-starring Superman and Dr. Light, who is still dead!

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Max Dweck Apr 3, 2014

    There's not much else to say about the story. The true nature of the threat, the evident magic, as well as Cassandra Craft and Zauriel's involvement have all yet to be explored. Some of it may be resolved in this story arc, some may even be fodder for future stories. This opening chapter of "The Crack of Creation" does something a lot of comics don't seem to do anymore; it's part of a larger arc, but the issue on its own is a really good standalone tale about Superman and the Phantom Stranger. This is what serialized storytelling should be, and a lot of the time, it's not. But here, it is, and it's done very well, making it a perfect jumping-on point for new readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Apr 6, 2014

    Overall, this was a nice decompressing issue, and hopefully this will be a short crossover so that we can get more and more such issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Apr 5, 2014

    All in all this isn't a bad issue. It was more of a team-up story then a Phantom Stranger story, but It's still a fun read as we see that Sin Eater does make a comeback in the series. I find that Sin Eater makes a really good super villain. What does he have to do with all this? Well I suggest you read this along with future issues of this series to see what's going on. So I highly suggest buying this issue as it looks like it leads to something big for this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 2, 2014

    This issue is divided between regular artist Fernando Blanco and guest artist Norm Breyfogle. I wish DC had just let Breyfogle handle the entire thing himself. It would prevent the odd jumps in visual style, and Breyfogle proves that he still has the right stuff on every one of his pages. Blanco's art is as moody and striking as ever. It's just that the combination of the two isn't ideal. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 3, 2014

    While I really enjoyed the issue, I found the conclusion to be a little too simple.  Really cool build up, but since Superman's in this issue, all the hard work the Stranger would of had to do to get the job done, Superman simply says it's over, and it's done.  It's good to be out of Forever Evil: Blight, and back into a normal Phantom Stranger story.  I can't wait to see where Phantom Stranger ends up, and what kind of trouble he gets into on the way there.  Decent issue, go check it out, and get a little strange. Read Full Review

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