Comic Book Reviews - The Last Phantom #7 Review
Category: Comic Book Reviews
Writer: Scott Beatty
Overall, I did not enjoy this issue. It was not terrible by any stretch, but I found it difficult to be drawn into it.
It is also difficult for my to discern the character of the Last Phantom. In the flashback scenes, his personality seems akin to Dick Grayson/Nightwing. A little serious, a little rogueish. Likeable. I do get the sense that the current characterization of the Phantom is meant to be more serious and dry. The problem is that, in this issue, the Last Phantom has very little to do. For this reason, the character is difficult to connect with.
I will give kudos for how the flashback scene is presented. The penciler and colorist both use a style that makes those scenes look as if they are existing on the pages of an old comic book. The pencils are a lot more simple, giving it a 50′s type of feel. The colors are also more muted as well. It contrasts very well with the sleek, highly detailed pages that represent present day. Unfortunately, these scenes are blemished as well, due to a lot of logical errors. Primarily in the form of where characters get shot, and the reprecussions of this. To give details would be to ruin the story. It is possible, however, that since I have not been reading the series, the Phantoms have some amazing power to which I am not aware. Maybe they heal fast?
As far as the art goes, I will also give it kudos, especially for the flashback scenes. The present day scenes do have a realistic and vibrant look to it. The pencils and the colors combine well to creative a Gotham type atmosphere.
Overall though, this issue was not a grabber. If every issue should be written as if there is a reader experiencing its world for the first time, then this issue does not provide for those readers successfully. I would be very interested to hear the comments about this review from those who have been keeping up with the series.