Phantom Lady #1
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Phantom Lady #1

Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray Artist: Cat Staggs Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 29, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11
6.3Critic Rating
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The female FREEDOM FIGHTER debuts in her own miniseries! Featuring her partner-in-crimefighting, the diminutive dynamo known as DOLL MAN!

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Aug 31, 2012

    Phantom Lady and Doll Man has three more issues to fully find its legs, and with all the exposition out of its way, it's got a pretty good chance of doing that. Added bonus, the story of the Bloody Bender Crime Family of Metropolis stretches back a couple of centuries, including a serial killing spree in Kansas in 1872. How much you wanna bet they eventually show up to give Jonah Hex some hell in All-Star Western? I'm up for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Aug 29, 2012

    Overall, this is a great introductory issue into her mini-series and I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens to her next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jason Bowles Aug 29, 2012

    This book has potential. It didn't bowl me over, but was extremely solid, so I'll definitely be sticking with it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Aug 31, 2012

    While this mini-series isn't an ongoing in the New 52, it could quite easily fit into there without any effort, and pacing issues aside, it is a hell of a lot of fun. Artwork from Cat Staggs, who is best known for her work with the Star Wars/Lucasfilm family, is spot-on for the tone of the tale, bringing life and allure to Phantom Lady without it being just another plastic pin-up. Indeed, it's a strong issue for female artists, with Amanda Conner behind the eye-catching front cover as well. One to keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Sep 1, 2012

    It may be a slow start overall for the mini-series, but theres plenty of room to grow. I'm glad to see DC committed to this family of characters, as The Ray mini-series was one of 2012s rare reinvented gems. One hopes that this series, when complete, stands up as well. I definitely see the potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 5, 2012

    While not very happy with some of the storytelling choices Gray-Palmiotti have taken in their revamp of Phantom Lady, they do a solid job of it, and they have the benefit of Staggs' strong art to back them up. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Aug 29, 2012

    The dark and grimy style of the book created by Cat Staggs sets a tone just right for the grim story. Her character work looks top-notch and she never overdoes it when it comes to anatomy or special effects. She could draw one of Ed Brubaker's Criminal books and no one would be mad at that. Unfortunately, the story does not do Staggs's art any favors, leaving it to the writers to catch up before this title goes the way of O.M.A.C. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 29, 2012

    With a clear Batman influence in her origin, the changes in her powers, and the "first act of an action movie setting up for revenge" plot, I'm kind of on the fence about this issue. I like the art, but part of me is still disappointed that it's not Amanda Conner's, while I just don't feel enough was made of Jennifer Knight in this issue, focusing instead on external factors and the injustices of her past. All in all, Phantom Lady #1 is an okay comic book, but not the bolt from the blue that I had hoped we were going to get, earning 3 out of 5 stars overall. I'm still withholding final judgement for the rest of the series, and this hasn't put me off the title, the issue left me a little bit disappointed overall... Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 2, 2012

    Although there are interesting ideas here to explore, including the pairing of Phantom Lady and Doll Man (another character with a long history but who comes off here as a dimmer, less interesting version of Ray Palmer) the story doesn't quite work. The art of Cat Staggs is fine, but is completely overshadowed by the cover art by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts. The comic might improve over the next few months, but until it does there's simply not enough here for me to stick around. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 30, 2012

    "Phantom Lady and Doll Man" #1 is an all right comic, but in order to succeed it needs to be better than just all right. This needs to be exciting, fresh, and original if it's going to survive in this difficult marketplace. Right now, unless things pick up hugely in the second issue though, I'm afraid it's not on track to do that. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 1, 2012

    Phantom Lady and Doll Man are not Wonder Woman and Superman. They do not have millions of fans and a fairly rigid origin/status quo. Gray and Palmiotti had complete blank slates to work with here, they could have done anything. These two characters could have been whatever they wanted, the entire Freedom Fighters team they appear to be building could be anything. Instead they chose the most basic, boring origins imaginable for everybody. They said in early interviews that they wanted to go 'pulp' with these two characters. They did not succeed. Instead they went 'pathetic'. Read Full Review

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