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#1 Posted by Outside_85 (9917 posts) - - Show Bio

THE PHANTOM STRANGER #1

Written by DAN DIDIO

Art by BRENT ANDERSON and SCOTT HANNA

Cover by BRENT ANDERSON

1:25 Variant cover by SHANE DAVIS

On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

• An all-new series focusing on secrets of The New 52 you never imagined!

• The Phantom Stranger strikes a bargain with Lord Trigon that will have serious repercussions in the DC Universe!

• From afar, Pandora watches!

Phantom Stranger #1
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#2 Posted by DarkShadows (742 posts) - - Show Bio

So, does that mean Raven might show up in here?

Either way, this looks interesting.

#3 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (34295 posts) - - Show Bio
@DarkShadows: I'm pretty sure thats Raven being spirited away by the demons 
#4 Posted by Ravager4 (1627 posts) - - Show Bio

Well shit, now I'm gonna have to buy this

#5 Posted by DarkShadows (742 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: Or that could be Arella...?

#6 Edited by Outside_85 (9917 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: DarkShadows beat me to it...

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#7 Posted by Ravager4 (1627 posts) - - Show Bio

@DarkShadows: Judging from the silhouette of a raven in the background, I'm inclined to believe it's Raven.

#8 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (13600 posts) - - Show Bio

It's about time!!!

#9 Posted by ragdollpurps (15572 posts) - - Show Bio

YES! I've been waiting for her!

#10 Edited by Remi (613 posts) - - Show Bio

LOL @ people getting excited at Didiot. SMH.

#11 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (13600 posts) - - Show Bio

@Remi: no one is excited about Didio. people are excited about Raven despite Didio.

#12 Posted by Remi (613 posts) - - Show Bio

That shouldn't happen :/

#13 Posted by NyxEquitis (401 posts) - - Show Bio

Woot, Phantom Stranger and (potentially, at least) Raven. Should be pretty cool.

#14 Posted by danhimself (22682 posts) - - Show Bio

she made a slight cameo in Teen Titans #1

#15 Posted by DarkShadows (742 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ravager4: Oh, I didn't noticed it until now. Maybe Raven is going to be in this.

#16 Edited by Saren (26014 posts) - - Show Bio

Not really the kind of clothes Raven would wear...

Oh but there's a shadow of a raven there. Nvm.

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#17 Posted by TDK_1997 (15079 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think that she will actually appear in this.

#18 Posted by EnSabahNurX (2302 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ravager4 said:

Well shit, now I'm gonna have to buy this

ditto >_> If no one pointed her out i never would have considered the title

#19 Posted by BlackDove (375 posts) - - Show Bio

At last. Something to look forward to. Although her Soul-Self looks terrible.

#20 Posted by Outside_85 (9917 posts) - - Show Bio

@CitizenBane: Well she switched between the NTT period (where it was dress', casual 80'ties/90'ties stuff) to emo/goth style clothing after getting a new body. So a striped shirt and jeans isn't unthinkable, assuming ofc that the girl isn't Arella.

@TDK_1997: Think it will just serve as an origins to her through what Arella will go through? (Along with establishing who Trigon is and what role the Stranger plays.)

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#21 Posted by Beast_in_the_Shadows (430 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: It's Angela, Raven's mother. In the interview Babs did with DiDio, he mentioned that this issue would showcase the origin of a prominent DC character. this story wil take place in the current DCnU's past. This book will serve as a device to reveal clues, plot points and origins for characters that won't get a chance to feature their past's in other book. All the while giving us a better idea of the Phantom Strangers place and attitude in the DCnU.

@Ravager4: @CitizenBane: The shadow in this case is a very literal form of foreshadowing. As in these demons taking this girl away will lead to he creation of Raven. It's not her clothing style, but none of the characters dress the same anymore. The main reason aside from it being said that this is an origin story that leads me to believe this ins Angela is that i doubt raven would be so scared and easily subdued by three minion level demons.

#22 Posted by Roddy010 (5373 posts) - - Show Bio

Either way I'm just happy Raven is finally making her debut...It's long over due...

#23 Posted by Twentyfive (2845 posts) - - Show Bio

@Remi said:

LOL @ people getting excited at Didiot. SMH.

First Third Wave book to be scrapped!

#24 Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee (12233 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting...

#25 Posted by Iamlovewithin500 (1028 posts) - - Show Bio

I Can't wait!

#26 Posted by mfundo (1623 posts) - - Show Bio

Can't wait. I've been wanting to see Raven again.

#27 Edited by Funrush (1369 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn it. I'm sorry wallet... I just.. I just have to buy this book!

@Twentyfive said:

@Remi said:

LOL @ people getting excited at Didiot. SMH.

First Third Wave book to be scrapped!

I'm guessing Sword will go out first.

EDIT: According to Newsarama at the JL panel:

When are we going to see Raven appear in the Teen Titans? Johns: September.

http://www.newsarama.com/comics/sdcc-2012-dc-comics-justice-league-green-lantern.html

#28 Posted by cameron83 (7623 posts) - - Show Bio

@Iamlovewithin500: lol,when i read your comment i read it in raven's voice

#29 Posted by RavenArrow (25 posts) - - Show Bio

The second issue of the Phantom Stranger features the sons of Trigon.I bet she's definitely going to appear then,if she does not appear in the first issue.I can't wait!

#30 Posted by Outside_85 (9917 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, after having read the Phantom Stranger #0, I can say I am not overly optimistic about being able to like what Didio will/have come up with regarding Trigon/Raven/Sons origins. Partially because Didio doesn't appear to know the value of he Stranger remaining just that and not saddle him with and ID...and especially not that ID. Also there is the change in his MO, as seen when he becomes the reason the Jim Corrigan Spectre is around in a rather ham-fisted fashion (without wanting to spoil everything, PS unknowingly leads Corrigan to his grave...which leads PS to realize he has to do stuff like that on contract to eventually be forgiven).

Guessing time for what will happen:

  1. PS leads Arella to the old church with the promise of company and love?
  2. PS lets Trigon abduct Arella (or simply points her out) considering her lost already because she fled her religious parents?
  3. PS presents Trigon with Arella and the other women who will bear his children?

Any other suggestions on what may happen? :=)

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#31 Posted by htb106 (1641 posts) - - Show Bio

Yay!

Might actually read this now.

#32 Posted by tworrio (3 posts) - - Show Bio

This was just posted on Didio's FB page...:)

#33 Posted by Outside_85 (9917 posts) - - Show Bio

@tworrio: well, if a horrible sweater is all, I will be relieved :D

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#34 Posted by Ravager4 (1627 posts) - - Show Bio

@tworrio said:

This was just posted on Didio's FB page...:)

here@Outside_85 said:

@tworrio: well, if a horrible sweater is all, I will be relieved :D

I actually don't mind the shirt (looks like just a normal long sleeve shirt to me, not a really a sweater), and judging from her look there I'm going to guess that up until now she's been living a "normal" life, until the stuff with Trigon goes down and, well, messes it all up

#35 Posted by Outside_85 (9917 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ravager4: Hmm true and I suppose that means we have to scratch off Azerath as we knew it...maybe now it's more like a insular religious sect living on Earth and Raven's just finding out about her parentage? (Wasnt she something like seven or eight when that happened back in the day? Or was it at 10 when Azar passed away?) Anyways I dont think we can say an entirely normal life, since she looks to know what she's doing on that page...it's just nor enough to get rid of the techno-organic thing attacking her.

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#36 Posted by Ravager4 (1627 posts) - - Show Bio

@Outside_85: well yeah, that's why I put "normal" in quotations xD

It's also possible that that's the first time she ever did that, coming as a sort of spur of the moment, under stress kind of thing. Really hard to tell without the lettering.

#37 Posted by Outside_85 (9917 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ravager4: True, and I am just trying to read into her posture, I mean it's a bit odd to to stick your chest forwards if a monster is coming towards you.

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#38 Posted by RavenArrow (25 posts) - - Show Bio

OK,how can this get any more AWSOME???I love her soul-self, though I don't like the possibility of Raven having spent no time with the New Teen Titans.Anyhow,I'm glad to see it.Perhaps this is Dc universe past....hopefully...

#39 Posted by Outside_85 (9917 posts) - - Show Bio

Ok for once I actually liked an issue of Johns' Justice League, maybe because it was 100% Billy Batson. But as you perhaps know, have heard of, Billy has managed to stumble his way into the Rock of Eternity, were amongst many things he finds the pedestals where the Seven Deadly Sins are (or would be) kept if a certain someone hadn't released them all.

This may be a long shot, but one of the things Winick did do with Raven, other than give her 6 brothers, was to make them all embodiments of the Seven Deadly Sins, in Raven's case being the original sin of Pride. In the olden days the statues in the Rock of Eternity didn't bear much semblance to the Sins when they were out and about, but that may have changed now with DC trying to weave everything into a huge interlocking carpet.

So...is this how Raven will end up looking?

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#40 Posted by BlackDove (375 posts) - - Show Bio

@tworrio said:

This was just posted on Didio's FB page...:)

I hope this isn't a teaser! This looks really interesting.

@Outside_85 said:

Ok for once I actually liked an issue of Johns' Justice League, maybe because it was 100% Billy Batson. But as you perhaps know, have heard of, Billy has managed to stumble his way into the Rock of Eternity, were amongst many things he finds the pedestals where the Seven Deadly Sins are (or would be) kept if a certain someone hadn't released them all.

This may be a long shot, but one of the things Winick did do with Raven, other than give her 6 brothers, was to make them all embodiments of the Seven Deadly Sins, in Raven's case being the original sin of Pride. In the olden days the statues in the Rock of Eternity didn't bear much semblance to the Sins when they were out and about, but that may have changed now with DC trying to weave everything into a huge interlocking carpet.

So...is this how Raven will end up looking?

Pride

I think this would serve as a perfect opportunity for Raven to make her grand entrance. This statue of pride looks almost identical to Raven (minus the four glowing red eyes and pointy ears) and the two share a somewhat identical costume. Fingers crossed.

#41 Posted by DarkShadows (742 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackDove said:

@tworrio said:

This was just posted on Didio's FB page...:)

I hope this isn't a teaser! This looks really interesting.

@Outside_85 said:

Ok for once I actually liked an issue of Johns' Justice League, maybe because it was 100% Billy Batson. But as you perhaps know, have heard of, Billy has managed to stumble his way into the Rock of Eternity, were amongst many things he finds the pedestals where the Seven Deadly Sins are (or would be) kept if a certain someone hadn't released them all.

This may be a long shot, but one of the things Winick did do with Raven, other than give her 6 brothers, was to make them all embodiments of the Seven Deadly Sins, in Raven's case being the original sin of Pride. In the olden days the statues in the Rock of Eternity didn't bear much semblance to the Sins when they were out and about, but that may have changed now with DC trying to weave everything into a huge interlocking carpet.

So...is this how Raven will end up looking?

Pride

I think this would serve as a perfect opportunity for Raven to make her grand entrance. This statue of pride looks almost identical to Raven (minus the four glowing red eyes and pointy ears) and the two share a somewhat identical costume. Fingers crossed.

That actually looks pretty... interesting I admit.

Let's hope this is her "big entrance" because Raven deserves much more than being in the hands of Lobdell.

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