DC has over the years had a lot of odd characters, from Deadman (he was… dead) to Detective Chimp (a detective who was a chimp, oddly enough). But by far my favourite was The Phantom Stranger. The Phantom Stranger was what it said on the box – a stranger who was a phantom. No-one, not even the writers knew exactly who he was, and perhaps that was for the best, for nothing spoils a mystery character when you know his secret.
The Phantom Stranger often popped up out of nowhere to give cryptic advice and help, as well as often descending into Hell itself to deal with the demons within. He was a regular in Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing run and also popped up in Animal Man. He always introduced himself as “simply a Stranger” in a voice that always seemed to me very Tom Bakerish. If you could get that effect on the written page.
What were his powers? Well, he had a big hat and white eyes, and sometimes could shoot electricity and um, vanish › Continue reading
When I was a small little Matt, I was always a big comic reader. But then I grew out of it, prefering more adult pursuits such as collecting small plastic toys. However recently my friends and the dreaded Intarweb got me back into reading comics, though in graphic novel form rather than individual papery comics that fall to bits easily. As a general rule, graphic novels are a run of half a dozen or so comics that collect a few storylines by the same author, so you get more bang for your buck and also sustained quality (in that if it is in graphic novel format, it must have been good, there is no month delay every 24 pages and you don’t run the risk of some half crazed hack randomly wandering in to your book with no warning and ruining it all)
So here are my top ten graphic novel recommendations, for those of you wanting to dip your feet in and read a few. They’re generally not expensive, as an average price can range from £5-£10 which isn’t half bad!
We’ll start off with an obvious one. Marvels is a miniseries painted by top artist Alex Ross which basically tells the story of the Marvel universe › Continue reading