Review of Fantomen 2022/5

Mikael Lyck from Chronicle Chamber reviews the latest Fantomen issue - 2022/5 which features the following stories:

  • "Ondskans totem" ("The Totem of Evil") by Joan Boix

  • "Terroristerna" ("The Terrorists") by Lee Falk and Sy Barry


A great cover by Luca Erbatta.


On the editorial page we read that this is the first Phantom story written by Joan Boix after many stories he has done art for.


The phantomwiki gets a shout out with the feature to see the latest issues from around the world.


The main story art and story by Joan, "Onskans Totem", ("The Totem of Evil") I have some mixed thoughts about this one, it is about this totem showing up right outside the Bandar village while the Phantom is occupied elsewhere. When the Bandar wakes up the totem opens up and soldiers come out.


It has some cool action but a few things do not make any sense. Why did the soldiers bother with getting a totem to the Bandar village and how did they know where the village was?


Second story "The Terrorists" by Falk and Barry. A typical Barry story, beautiful art, some fun parts and a bit of overuse of the twins in my opinion.


Then we have information about the vote for best cover, I have written an article about that on Chronicle chamber that you should check out! (Link here)


Next issue will feature another new Team Fantomen story, this also written by a new creator! Bernd Frenz and Heiner Bade have done a story called "Smoke over Bengali".


[Editors Note: We will find out more about Bernd soon]


Backing up the new story will be an old newspaper story "The Wharf Rats", not the original but the remake done by George Olesen and Fred Fredericks out of Falk's old script. Then we will see a new side comic.


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