Precinct1313’s Comic-Book Classics: The Last Phantom

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You may have noticed… I’m a DC Comics fanatic, I grew up living and breathing their fictional worlds since the age of six when I first discovered the dark and surly one known as, The Batman. At age nine I encountered the astonishing 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 many years I have immersed myself in the continuing stories, relationships and camaraderie of the many spandex clad heroes and villains 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, Starfire and all the other characters I adore, this indigo hued interloper into my safe environment of a comic-book company I love was the hero that actually started it all, the original masked crime-fighter, The Ghost Who Walks… The Phantom!

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Published 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 centuries long heritage as a masked crime-fighter, instead choosing to help the 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 always be close by.

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This particular retelling of the classic Phantom of old has been rather divisive amongst fans, the Kit Walker portrayed here is very much a divergent 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, making him more contemporary for newer 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.

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This fresh reiteration of the Man Who Cannot Die has actually become one of my favourite versions of the character. An absorbing and enthralling tale awaits, fellow phans, delivered by super scribe Scott Beatty, with fantastic interior art by Eduardo Ferigato, not forgetting the absolutely astonishing covers by the habitually sublime Alex Ross, who pays homage to both new and old variants of Kit Walker’s classic character. Highly recommended.

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Posted on July 20, 2020, in Comics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. It was nice to learn a bit more about the Phantom of old and new. I know about him since the 90’s but never got into his story properly.

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  2. Nice post! 😀 I’ve actually never read anything related to this character, although I’ve heard of him. A solid reminder that I need to branch out and check it out.

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    • Thanks my friend, this would actually be a great place to start, the collected volume is widely available and definitely worth a read. Phantom is such an important character, what with him being the original Superhero (created in 1936 no less!) and yet he sadly gets very little attention. ( I also recommend the 1996 movie with Billy Zane, it’s intentionally campy to honour the characters roots but is bloody good fun indeed! 🙂

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  3. Phenomenal artwork. At quick glance you could be forgiven for seeing a Deadpool ring on the art showing poses with handguns!
    I have some issues of 1940s French reprints ‘Le Fantôme’ in his red costume, and some late 80s in his indigo. This character keeps going!

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  4. Ah, those sweet memories… The Phantom was HUGE in Norway back in his days. In fact, he had the second biggest comic magazine in his name, only beaten by Donald Duck & Co. I especially liked the chronicles, telling tales of Phantom’s of the past walking the world in the good old days.

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    • He’s a phantastic character, whom I grew to love originally through the ’96 Phantom movie. He’s not that popular over here in the UK unfortunately which makes getting anything Phantom related rather difficult, glad to hear Norway are big fans, and he is absolutely massive down under in Australia (even more popular than The Batman!!)

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