The GeeksversePhantom Jack #1

Phantom Jack #1
Published on Sunday, March 6, 2011 by

Published by: Vinsionary Comics
Written by: Michael San Giacomo
Art by: Brett Barkley
Colored by: Jaime Jones & Sean McArdle

Phantom Jack is the story of Jack Baxter, a reporter who gains the ability to become invisible. The first issue is a standard origin story. We meet the main character, some of the supporting cast, and see him get his abilities. We don’t learn much about the personality of Jack except that he’s a die hard reporter and will do anything to get the story, even sneaking into a restricted area.

The first, and really only, thing that Jack thinks is how his new found powers can help him be a better reporter. His cameraman, who also gains the same abilities, is a bit more wild in his ideas.

San Giacomo is a reporter and he based alot of the characters on people he knew. It’s too bad that all of the people in the ‘list of characters’ at the beginning of the book don’t appear in this issue. It’s also bad placement of that list, as it doesn’t have Vinnie the cameraman on it, so I spent the whole issue wondering how/when he would disappear.

San Giacomo does do a good job, to an extent, with Vinnie. The way Vinnie acts and talks, it makes us seem like he might become the villian of the story. But the fate of Vinnie is something that didn’t see coming and thats a problem as it just comes out of left field, completely, and makes no sense. This seemed like a guy happy with this powers. Why he would do what he did makes no sense and is a glaring hole in the story.

The rest of the story is okay. It’s decent but not sure if there are enough hooks to make me want to go out and read more.

Barkley’s pencils are tight. He’s got a good grasp of storytelling. His characters are a bit off though. I can’t quite put my finger on it. They’re better then alot of other artists out there, but something just seems off, especially the editor and Jack himself. Other then that, there is no problems with his work and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of it.

The way Barkley shows the invisibility is a bit odd. They are able to make their clothes invisible, which doesn’t make sense, but when they only go half invisible you can see their insides?

Phantom Jack #1 receives
3 out of 5

Phantom Jack #1 is available for free at Drive Thru Comics

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