By greenteaforme 24 Comments
In the Phantom Stranger zero issue that came out the other week, we see how the Phantom Stranger is indirectly responsible for the "birth" of the Spectre of the New 52 universe. We also see the Phantom Stranger's origin.
The issue starts off with some above-average narration and I was thoroughly enjoying it, up until the Spectre's part came around.
A generic angry detective (Jim Corrigan - the original Spectre) is searching for his...wife? Girlfriend? I don't even remember - it was too frivolous to matter. The Phantom Stranger is directed to assist him.
Short story short, it goes awry and the detective is shot and killed by assailants unknown.
And just like that, he gets a new snazzy cape, is a "Spectre" and is pissed off. No divine mission. No...nothing, really.
I'm severely underwhelmed. Disappoint.
It's important to note that, according interviews with DC writers, this is the creation of the Spectre in the DC New 52 universe. The Spectre did not exist before this even. Which I find to just be another "This isn't right. This shouldn't be this way." plot point in the New 52.
Phantom Stranger's origin is suggested to be that of Judas Iscariot. I find it interesting.
Personally, I can't wait until the New 52 is over. Too many things are just...wrong. Cute as a novelty, but entirely wrong for a main continuity.