Time to continue the Blight storyline, this time in the pages of The Phantom Stranger. What does the story have in store for us this time? Is it good?
Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger #14 (DC Comics)
The Trinity of Sin has been brought before John Constantine, Nightmare Nurse, and Swamp Thing with one goal in mind: to help them destroy the Blight that has entered the world when the Crime Syndicate had entered. However, the Trinity is having none of that; especially the Phantom Stranger, who finally has come back into existence and wants to follow his own path. Things are just not that simple though (are they ever?).
My glowing hand powers will suck the truth out of your forehead!
Not too much to say about this part of the story, since it is about mostly getting the team together and pushing a few subplots forward. The writing is by J.M. DeMatteis and is solid, with the characters being portrayed right (it does help to have the same writer), plenty of story progression (if a bit boring at points), and it still keeping the focus on the main character of this comic and giving him some good characterization. Outside of maybe one page being complete recap of the last two issues (DC, please just get a recap page like Marvel does) and the fact that it is not a very exciting story, the writing is good overall, but ultimately not much to comment on.
The artwork is by Fernando Blanco, who has been drawing this book for a while now (same artist, if you recall, from the Trinity War tie-in). His style is still very good, capturing a very nice and moody look with his locations. All his characters look distinct from one another (Blight in particular is still excellently drawn even with a different artist) and his storytelling with the panel layouts is solid. Brad Anderson does the coloring and he should also be given a little nod of approval, since his coloring helps make the book as attractive as it is. Just look at the scene where Phantom Stranger is probing Constantine’s mind and sees the colors. Lots of purple, but blended well with the others and helps with the mood of the scene.
- Great pacing between storylines
- Strong art
- Newbies will be lost, lost I say!
Is It Good?
Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger #14 is a good continuation of the Blight storyline and continues moving the story and subplots forward. It’s not as exciting as the previous issue of the crossover, but still solid and should help keep people interested in continuing the story.