The GeeksversePhantom Lady #1

Phantom Lady #1
Published on Friday, August 31, 2012 by

Another member of the Freedom Fighters is introduced in the New 52.


Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Penciled by: Cat Staggs
Inked by: Tom Derenick
Colored by: Jason Wright
Lettered by: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover by: Amanda Connor w/ Paul Mounts
Editor: Harvey Richards

Palmiotti and Gray love the Freedom Fighters. They’ve written a lot of tales featuring those characters and they’re continuing to do so with the New 52. A couple months ago saw The Ray make his mini-series debut and now we have Phantom Lady, along with Dollman. I like the idea of using mini-series to introduce the characters. Like Palmiotti and Gray, I’m a fan of the characters so I like seeing them part up, even if in new forms.

The Ray was an excellent mini-series. Well written and excellent art.

Phantom Lady isn’t up to the standards that The Ray set, but it is a solid book. P&G put a lot of backstory into this issue but they don’t do it by flashbacks, it’s all Jennifer talking and telling the story. It’s a good method and it works well. We get Jennifer’s motivation, the history of who/what the Benders are, and we get enough about her life. The dialogue supplies alot of the information, including what her powers are.

She doesn’t spend much time in costume, as the story is the lead-up to how she adopts the identity and the new look, which I love. Some people might be offended by Jennifer’s seemingly casual attitude towards sex, sleeping with the enemy and a “friends with benefits” relationship with Dane, but I think it works well. She’s always been written as a highly sexualized character and this is no exception. It’s actually kind of nice to see a hero that isn’t afraid to manipulate to get what she wants. She may be friends with Dane, but she knows how he feels and it comes across that she uses that for her gain. Not a nice girl.

And that’s nice to see.

The overall story is nicely paced. A quick read, but packed with information.

More time with Dane would have been nice, exploring him a little more. How is he so smart? How does he have the lab and equipment he’s got? His behavior is easily explained. Like many smart people, he tends to lack common sense. He loves Jennifer and wants to keep her safe so he makes a major error in judgement. It’s understandable how he could make that error.

The art by Staggs is pretty solid. Some of the panels at the beginning, showing her using her powers, have odd angles and look a bit weird, but overall the work is good.

Phantom Lady #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

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