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Review of Fantomen 21/2023 and 22-23/2023

Mikael Lyck from Chronicle Chamber reviews Fantomen 21/2023 and 22-23/2023 featuring the following stories:

  • "Döden i Himalaya" ("Death in the Himalayas") by Tony DePaul and Mike Manley

  • "Tirangis gravplats" ("Tirangi's Burial Ground") by Johan L. Borgnes and Kari Leppänen

  • "Belle epoque del 6: Gargoylen från Notre Dame" ("The Gargoyle of Notre Dame") by Pidde Andersson and Percy Ochoa

  • "Belle epoque epilog: Jane räddar presidenten" ("Jane Saves the President") by Pidde Andersson and Percy Ochoa



Fantomen 21/2023

Luca Erbatta starts this issue of with a cover in green that looks inspired by the reprint story of the issue.


In the editorial page, Andreas tells us that they are currently planning for the issues of Fantomen 2024 is soon completed. He hints there will be new creators and old ones with a mix of reprints.


The second part of the editorial page is about the bronze match in the recent world football championship and how a certain podcast suggested a bet about the colour of the Phantom costume should be based on the result. In the end the stakes was to high, but after the win we felt that at least that day the suit was blue.


"Döden i Himalaya" ("Death in the Himalayas") by Tony DePaul and Mike Manley


The daily stories continue on the Old Man Mozz's "what if" storyline, I like the idea of Kit becoming a freedom fighter in a parallel future, it even looks like he is into Savarna, or maybe I am reading to much into it?


"Tirangis gravplats" ("Tirangi's Burial Ground") by Johan L. Borgnes and Kari Leppänen


According to YouTube and social comments this seems to be a phan phavourite. The plot goes with a jungle expedition with a kidnapped girl and a Nazi getting punched in the face, what could be better than that? Maybe multiple Nazi's getting punched?


Fantomen 22-23/2023

Very unique cover by a first time Phantom artist Adrian Malmgren. Do you like it? This ssue contains alot including the final stories in the Belle epoque suite.


"Belle epoque del 6: Gargoylen från Notre Dame" ("The Gargoyle of Notre Dame") by Pidde Andersson and Percy Ochoa


This story was first published in Frew #1923, and was reviewed by us in episode #226. In my opinion this story might be the best part of the series, it is a joy to read and gives information about the hideout in Notre-Dame in a clever and fun way.


Including a new "Karl Kämpe" story by Jörgen Karlsson and Rully Akbar. t is a short but sweet story, I love Karl Kämpe it is so great! Also includes a full story of "Undertaker" by Xavier Dorison and Ralph Meyer. I love these stories, I think the Wild West setting is nice even if it is almost done to death.


"Belle epoque epilog: Jane räddar presidenten" ("Jane Saves the President") by Pidde Andersson and Percy Ochoa


First published in Frew #1950, Reviewed by us in episode #259. Nice to see that Jane Carey aka the Phantom's wife also can save the day. In the Frew story, the tease to The Prisoner in Marakech was in the Gargoyle story, we get it here, and it seems that story will show up in the last issue of the year, looking forward to that!


This jammed pumped issue also included an interview with Pidde Andersson.


This issue is so filled with content that they needed to put the preview part in the beginning! Next issue contains the following:

  • "Den allseende ögonstenen" ("The Allseing Eyestone") by Jacob Habinc and Janusz Ordon

  • And a new french story "La Venin" by Laurent Astier

Until next time, Happy Phantoming!


All Fantomen reviews will be included in our monthly X-Band: The Phantom Podcasts. You can find out more at our website and or subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos. Thanks also goes to Jörgen Karlsson for his help creating the Fantomen review intro which will now be featured for all reviews by Mikael Lyck.

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