Precinct1313 Recommends: The Last Phantom
I mainly read DC Comics, I grew up living and breathing their fictional worlds since the age of six when I first discovered the phenomenon that is The Batman. At age nine I encountered the amazing Amazon, Wonder Woman for the first time and she quickly became my favourite comic book character of all time, even surpassing my adoration for the Caped Crusader. Over the years I immersed myself in the continuing stories, interaction and camaraderie of the many heroes of DC’s universe. There was one hero though who wasn’t part of DC lore, he didn’t exist in the same universe as Wondy, Bats, Zatanna and all the other characters I love, this interloper into my safe enviroment of a comic company I love was the hero that pretty much started it all, the original masked crime-fighter, the ghost who walks … The Phantom.
Produced by Dynamite comics under licence from King Features Syndicate, the Last Phantom is a modern retelling of the 21st Phantom, Kitridge Walker who forsakes his heritage as a masked crime-fighter, instead choosing to help people of his home of Bengali (aka Bengalla) through his charitable organisation Walkabout. But after his wife and son are killed by forces looking to control Benagali for their own nefarious purpose, Kit must begrudgingly take up the mantle of his forebears and show the world that wherever darkness and evil dwells, the Phantom will be close by.
This retelling of the classic Phantom of old has been rather divisive amongst fans, the Kit Walker portrayed here is very much a different character to the noble and clean cut hero of yore, but that is the point of a modern reboot, to bring the character kicking and screaming into the present and make him more contemporary for new audiences. This book does that and rather wonderfully too, a story of redemption and the honouring of one’s heritage and birthright. This new Phantom may be different from his progenitors, but he still stands for the same morals and precepts of all the Phantoms who came before him.
Written by Scott Beatty, with interior art by Eduardo Ferigato and the astounding covers by the exceptional Alex Ross and Joe Prado.
Precinct1313 Rating: 4 Amaranthine Clad Heroes out of 5.