So, I had to buy the trade to keep the kick ass story inside as a readable entity, because if there is one thing I like to do with The Phantom, it is re-read the stories. KGB NOIR: THE HAMMER is an utterly unique bash up that would appeal to a slightly different audience if they decided to take a look. So, here is a look Tomb Pals--you might want to check this out.
This is ALL ACTION PHANTOM! I mean it. See those caps? My keyboard isn't locked. But there is THAT MUCH ACTION!! It demands CAPS!!
Watch as The Phantom lays the SMASHDOWN here...click to enlarge and make it SMASHING!!!
The writing is slick and quick and I enjoyed the "Serial Thrills in 2010" style presented in the original issues. I would be waiting on the next issue eagerly, and this collection lets you skip the anticipation and just dig right in. The dialog is a combination of insanely over the top HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH and just knowing when to NOT have The Phantom say anything. There isn't a whole lot of addition to the legend of The Phantom, just one big adventure that plays like a crazy violent animated summer blockbuster with exploding helicopters and an explosively curvy Russian Bombshell ready to blow up the world. I dig it! Imagine if Lee Falk had asked Sergio Grieco (Agent 007 series, Password: Kill Agent Gordon) to direct a Eurospy flick with an unlimited budget-that is what we got here. That brings us to the art by Fernando Peniche, who does a great job in the start of each issue by giving a quick "For those who came in late" splash to drop the reader in to the fun.
Do you like action in your comics? Do you prefer that your costumed characters don't stop for lunch? Do you dislike the constant "clever" use of repeated panels? Do you want to see The Phantom kick, punch, leap, crash and foil evil with repeated punches to the buzzcut sporting gorillas of a day gone by? THIS is your series.
The original series, still available from Moonstone, will set you back a few extra dollars, but contains back up stories including DEATH ANGEL (I really want more of this!), The Spider, Domino Lady, Buckaroo Banzai, Captain Action and Kolchak The Night Stalker. While some of them are quite good, this main feature stands tall on it's own. Only ONE copy instock at Amazon. Do you want to miss out on this??