By now copies of Lightning Strike Comics' new series The Phantom Strikes #1 have started to filter their way to phans around the world. Phantom related social media channels are littered with comments from enthusiastic readers & phans in Europe, Scandinavia, America and Australia.
If you have your copy and have read it, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media accounts. If you're still unsure if you want to purchase a copy, why not read Chronicle Chamber's preview here or listen to our podcast X-Band: The Phantom Podcast #102 where we go into more detail.
If you haven't listened to that podcast episode, you won;t have heard that we break some very intriguing news on the layout of the next three issues, and how they all relate to each other.
Issue #1 From the Shadow of a Ghost is actually part one of a story that will be concluded in issue #4.
As we've previously reported, issue #2 Masks of The Phantom is written by Arild Wærness with artwork by Mike Collins, who has previously drawn The Phantom for Moonstone. These talented creators are royalty in European comics. You can read more about Arild Wærness and Mike Collins here.
Issue #3 will an anthology of stories which is a collection of stories from multiple creative teams compiled into this issue. We envisage that it will be similar to the first Phantom comic Lightning Strikes ever created, originally released back in 2016 at the Dublin Comic Con; it can be reviewed and talked about here.
These stories will relate to each other and are part of the larger story arc with further development of major and minor characters, with plots featuring Detective McDowall and Diana.
The creative team involved are:
Robert Carey: an Irish artist whose credits include: The Phantom: Scarlet Sapphire, Power Rangers, Batman/The Shadow & Aliens: Defiance
Nick Roche: an Irish artist whose credits include: IDW Transformers, Dr Who & Avengers
Ron Marz: an American writer whose credits include: Batman/Aliens, DC vs. Marvel, Green Lantern, Silver Surfer & Witchblade
Issue #4 will be part two of From the Shadow of a Ghost created by the same creative team of David Williams (writer) and Alex Saviuk (art) which will see the Phantom picking up the adventure again.
As discussed in the podcast, editor Eoin McAuley is doing a great job finding that balance between known industry creators from America & Europe and providing work for local creators. This is similar as what Frew are doing and is important to the local and international audiences.
Thanks goes Eoin McAuley at Lightning Strikes and writer David Williams for their outstanding work and informing us with the information.