Phantom Stranger #10

Phantom Stranger #10

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis Artist: Fernando Blanco Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 3, 2013 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 2
7.6Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Trinity of Sin
On the eve of "TRINITY WAR," the Stranger is forced to make the most difficult choice he's faced in thousands of years walking in the wilderness. What or who could pose such a challenge?

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Jul 4, 2013

    DeMatteis doesn't rely on super-powered battles or extravagant traps to tell The Phantom Stranger's story. There isn't even an Earth-shattering finale that promises to "shake things up" or "change the status quo". The Phantom Stranger accepted his family's fate and must now deal with that loss. It's a situation that's entirely relatable to every reader. In the end, this is a character that is more human than many other characters in the New 52. Check out the next issue to find out how Batman, Deadman and Katana pull The Phantom Stranger into the upcoming Trinity War. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Jul 7, 2013

    There is no need to say that this is DeMatteis at the complete top of his game, this story perhaps even cracking near his best. Its the perfect example of how good writing is enough to salvage any series but great writing is enough to make it memorable. The art by Fernando Blanco is similarly on point though not as perfectly primed for the series as Gene Ha, it still compliments DeMatteis writing excruciatingly well. This series will have to whether through whatever the upcoming Trinity War will have in store for it and should it not survive long past that it was worth it to have this brief look at Paradise via DeMatteis and Blanco. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jul 3, 2013

    While it's really not a new reader friendly book, regular readers of THE PHANTOM STRANGER should love this issue. It's an emotionally heavy issue for the Stranger. He has to make a tough decision by the end of the issue which may or may not change the character in the future drastically. Artist Fernando Blanco and writer J.M. Dematteis are doing a phenomenal job on this series. I, for one, can't wait for the Trinity War and to see where Phantom Stranger goes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 3, 2013

    As the Stranger finds absolution for certain crimes and even a shred of happiness at the end of this particular journey, this issue could easily have functioned as a series finale if the sales demanded it. But there's still plenty more ground to cover, and luckily the numbers seem to be just high enough to justify Phantom Stranger's continued existence. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Max Dweck Jul 12, 2013

    This issue really did feel like it just kind of needed to wrap up the story in time for Trinity War, but luckily, there wasnt really anything left to do in the current story aside from wrap it up. Still, this has been one of the weakest issues of the book so far, and while I wouldnt call it bad, its not great either. But its still good, and if youve been reading this series so far, you have no reason to skip this. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 5, 2013

    I find it ironic that not only are the concepts of Heaven or Hell no longer taboo for comics (and DC in particular) but that the encounter in this issue is as mundane as the reset of characters and storylines. What was once restricted even in titles recommended for mature readers is now fair game, if only to drive a story and sell some books. I'm not saying the work DeMatteis does here is any less interesting or entertaining than what Rick Veitch once planned for his work on Swamp Thing, but Heaven and Hell are simply settings now. That's unfortunate as DeMatteis and company deliver an emotionally charged story in the pages of "Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger" #10. The emotion is present, but like the setting, it never really has a chance to hook the readers. The next step for this series is critical, especially given the pending tie-in to the "Trinity War" crossover. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GreyMouser Jul 3, 2013

    . . $3, 20pgs + 2 pg 'news'. Too many ADs! Creepy but bland B cover. . . In this issue we see The Stranger move up the spires of heaven to escape hell and into heaven. The dynamics of these worlds are being very well written by J.M Dematteis, and make an interesting aspect to the issue. Dialog and characters are good, even if you must accept GOD as DOG. A bit of a forced save, threw me off but the rest is good. Some nice progression and development in this ish, especially with the revelation of The Stranger's angel! Blanco an Anderson do a good job on art and color, One double page splash in particular stands out. A good series and worthwhile read, which hope isn't derailed by the Trinity War Cross-over event

  • 7.0
    JuliusMc Nov 11, 2017

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