Review: King: The Phantom #4

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I consider myself a fairly big fan of the Phantom, and  as such I was excited to get to read this comic. Although it is the 4th issue in the series, it also makes an ideal jumping on point for new readers as the story isn’t bogged down with refferences to the three comics I hadn’t read before. As to why I hadn’t read them before? I somehow always seem to miss solicitations of comics, and as such if I don’t see a comic on the rack, there’s a good chance I’ll the fact that it was released. So with the King: Phantom series, the first time I became aware or the series was the review copy provided by Dynamite Entertainment.

The prologue is written and drawn by a different creative team than the main story, Jeff Parker and Marc Laming, it’s a very solid build up to the main story.

After the events of the prologue we’re left with, for lack of a better term, a Team Phantom. King: Phantom #4 tells the story of the teams first mission together, and is very well written, but I personally preferred the feel of the prologue art to the main story, but your mileage may vary. Clevinger’s story is a well paced thriller that’s surprisingly enjoyable. Surprisingly enjoyable, because I wasn’t a huge fan of the comic after the prologue.

It’s a good comic, don’t get me wrong, and I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t what I hoped it would be, which is probably as strnge to read as it was to write. It was a good comic, but it wasn’t the best Phantom comic I’ve ever read. Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of Team Phantom, and had the story been told with a different lead character then I have no doubt I’d be singing it’s praises. But, as a Phantom story, it just didn’t speak to me.

To be clear, my reservations about the story are specific to my preconceived ideas about the character of The Phantom; there is a very good chance that another reader will enjoy the combination of the plot and the Phantom mythology, but it wasn’t for me. Hopefully, if you do choose to read it then you will enjoy the comic more than I did.

Although King: Phantom #4 didn’t resonate with me as a Phantom story, at the end of the day, Brian Clevinger and Ryan Cody still produced a good action story that’s worth reading.

Story: Brian Clevinger, Jeff Parker (Prologue) Art: Ryan Cody, Marc Laming (Prologue)
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.50 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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