King: The Phantom #1

King: The Phantom #1

Writer: Brian Clevinger Artist: Brent Schoonover Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: January 28, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
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"What IS The Phantom?" Welcome to the KING, full of TWO-FISTED SCRAPPING and RUGGED COURAGE and UNSTOPPABLE PURPOSE and DARING INFILTRATION and BREAKNECK COMBAT and INDESTRUCTIBLE LEGACY and GHOSTS...WHO...WALK! Prepare yourself for BULLETPROOF BRAWLING by BRIAN CLEVINGER (Atomic Robo) and BRENT SCHOONOVER (Adventures of Superman) with a connecting King cover by comic legend DARWYN COOKE!

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 27, 2015

    This turned out to be a pleasant surprise that continues the incredible Kings Watch event. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Coming Up Comics - Sean Tonelli Jan 28, 2015

    Because of it's brick pace and unabashed love for adventure, The Phantom #1 is the perfect book to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Dynamite hits another King character out of the park so I implore readers to please check this book out. 4 issues is not going to be enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Jan 30, 2015

    King: The Phantom #1 was an unrivaled success. If ever you were going to give anyone their first experience with The Phantom, this would be up there. I felt as though if I were new to The Phantom and the entire series in general, I would be fine. New readers can come on board with King: The Phantom and celebrate the King Features 100th Anniversary without a problem. I can easilyrecommend King: The Phantom #1, return to the world of The Ghost Who Walks once more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Feb 4, 2015

    Definitely one of the most promising new series out this year! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Apr 17, 2015

    For anyone not-so-familiar, it is a true pulp-hero adventure, where the good are good and the bad are oh-so-bad. And there are no caped flying men and super-teams here, this is old-school heroic adventure in the best sense and I would say it is a must-read for anyone longing for an end to the bloated super-world we are stuck in too often nowadays. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 29, 2015

    Dynamite starts its new King event off with a bang, as writer Brian Clevinger creates a likable, driven new iteration of the Phantom. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jan 27, 2015

    King: The Phantom #1 covered the necessary meat and potatoes, but if you want the full experience then you need to go hunting for that stellar event which started it all. As a stand alone it does right by its cast and earns a place on your pull-list and for that sound reason this issue comes recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Feb 2, 2015

    King: Phantom #1 was a decent 1st issue that struggled with telling a story in the face of what is clearly a large amount of "what has gone before". It's not a Phantom that will be familiar to long-time fans, but is a decent jump on point for readers who want something new. This is a new take on the character that is suitable for readers who don't want decades of continuity but are also willing to just go with the flow and jump into the story premise Dynamite set up in King's Watch that they may or may not be familiar with. I liked Clevinger's work here and it's only a 4 issue series, so I'm going to stick around and see how it plays out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Gary Kane Jan 28, 2015

    Regardless, Either of this weeks King Dynamite books are worth picking up, and not just for fans of Kings Watch or the Defenders of the Earth cartoon from which most of today's generation will recognize these characters. Both issue ones offer up an exciting formula for a new expanded universe using these much under appreciated characters, and things are definitely looking exciting for this imprint going forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 2, 2015

    The second title launched for the King Features Syndicate one-hundredth anniversary celebration, "King: The Phantom" #1 includes bits from Dynamite Entertainment's "King's Watch" while providing readers with a grand new starting spot to join the adventures of one of the oldest masked heroes. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Aaron Halverson Jan 28, 2015

    I hate to keep comparing it to its cousin book Flash Gordon but while Flash Gordon was rushed it was good. Everything Flash did right this did wrong. It didn't set up an interesting world, it didn't introduce a hook or even an intriguing premise and it provided no real payoff. On the plus side the art is solid even if Phantom is a bit ethnically ambiguous until the middle of the book. The middle was so promising but unfortunately it can't support a sagging beginning and end. I'll give this one more issue to see if it can rebound because first issues are like first dates: They can be difficult and awkward but sometimes things don't hit their stride until the second date. I'll give you one more date Phantom but I'm going to tell you what my dates tell me: show up without pants on one more time and there won't be a third! Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 2, 2015

    Only a month into the new year and we already have a leading candidate for "worst comic of the year." Read Full Review

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