The Phalanx #1
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The Phalanx #1

Writer: Jonathan Luna Artist: Jonathan Luna Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 1, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 2
6.4Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

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Inspired since 1992 by the series that launched Image Comics, writer and artist JONATHAN LUNA (ALEX + ADA, 20XX) creates an homage to honor its 30th anniversary with THE PHALANX!

Spur, a mercenary in modern-day Los Angeles, chases a mysterious villain and finds herself going through a portal and running into a famous superhero team. They realize they have a common goal.

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jun 4, 2022

    Jonathan Luna does a fantastic job paying homage to Image Comics in his new one-shot, The Phalanx. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke May 30, 2022

    The Phalanx is a good dose of nostalgia for 90s superheroes. The story isn't going to make you think about life or anything, but it will make you escape a bit which makes it an enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings May 21, 2022

    The Phalanx #1 serves as a loving tribute to Image Comics' inception, from the titular team's heroes to its 1992 setting. This one-shot will probably appeal most to a select group of readers, particularly those who grew up on early Image. But I also feel that new readers will enjoy it, and time will tell if we see more of this team. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 1, 2022

    The Phalanx isn't bad at all and for those that have fond memories of early Image, you'll probably enjoy it. It plays its concept as both a goof and serious at the same time, never quite deciding where it wants to land. The result is a comic that lands in this odd spot of nostalgia and commentary. It works though in a lot of ways and what you think after is likely going to really depend on how you go into it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 7, 2022

    The one-shot, which apparently isn't connected to a larger story, is your basic hero out of time. The villain, a man possessed by an evil alien presence, proves to be difficult to catch even with the help of the heroes our protagonist Spur runs into. Fans of 90s Image Comics may get a kick out of this one. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Jun 6, 2022

    Perhaps intending to bring in a new audience, Jonathan Luna shows that not all superhero stories are inherently equal. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 1, 2022

    I understand the need to pay homage to that which you love. It's a laudable idea and thanks to a Youngblood type cover, Luna is clearly wearing his heart on his comic, rather than his sleeve. For me, I am not certain that Luna manages to achieve his lofty goal, though I applaud his effort. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jun 1, 2022

    Competence is the sole redeeming trait of a tribute that reminds readers why they would be far better served digging up some old Image Comics #1s from back-issue bins at their local comic book store. Read Full Review

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