Spotlighting the DC Universe’s magic-based characters! The Phantom Stranger, with Blue Devil at his side, battles the Black Lantern Spectre with little hope of success. Meanwhile, Black Lantern Deadman delves into the Phantom Stranger, compelled to learn the mysterious hero’s true origins. But what dangers will arise if the Phantom Stranger’s enigmatic past is revealed? Find out in another of this month’s one-issue revivals of classic DC Universe titles!

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art and Cover by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes

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  1. This sounds really interesting. Any jokes with the medallion aside, I want to know more about what is going on with The Spectre. Tomasi is a great writer so I’m sure he’ll make the Stranger an interesting character to read.

  2. Outside of the Atom and Hawkman issue this is the one I’m most excited for.

  3. Me too, I’ve been a Spectre/Stranger/Deadman fan for years since I read Moore’s run on Swamp Thing.  Plus I love that Tomasi is writing this, hopefully we’ll get some hints leading into GL #50.

  4. I’m currently reading the first trade of Madam Xanadu and I am loving the Phantom Stranger throughout history. I’m looking forward to this.

  5. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Tomasi? Sold!

  6. I’m really excited for this issue. Stranger can be one of the cooler characters. Tomasi is also awesome.

  7. I was wondering when they were going to deal with the Black Lantern Spectre…that was such a big reveal in the 1st or 2nd issue of Blackest Night, and was suprised that he hasn’t been integral to the story after that. I mean the Spectre…shit is really gonna go down! Will definitely be getting this.

  8. I don’t really want to get this, but considering about half of BN #2 or 3 was dedicated to setting it up, I feel like I should, especially since I think this is the only closure we’ll be getting.

  9. Aside from adding to the overall story of "Blackest Night", do you guys think there’s any hope that DC’s chosen "The Phantom Stranger" and its resurrected "Blackest Night" tie-in ilk as a way of testing the waters for possible relaunches? I would love to read Tomasi’s take on this character monthly even moreso than just in "Madame Xanadu"

  10. The only thing that disappointed me here was the lack of Zatanna when the cover led me to believe otherwise.

    @Shonen – I would totally buy a Phantom Stranger mini or ongoing.

  11. Very satisfying issue. A little confused as to what exactly happened between Stranger and Deadman (the dialouge implies he’s coming back to life, but he then says he’s only visible in Nanda Parabat which I know to already be the case.) Also, Ardian Syaf’s art was pretty awesome here. 4/5

  12. Hmmm, getting this hoping it’d be closure for BN #2 or 3 was a bad idea…

  13. I think one of the big moments coming up is the origin of the phantom stranger. It’s been hinted at in the back pages of blackest night. That’d be so awesome. Plus, anytime you have deadman your in for a good time

  14. @Noto  gotta agree with you on Zatanna.  I feel like she would have made for a better team up then Blue Devil. 

  15. How did I miss this?  Black Lantern Spectre and Tomasi, I’m going back to the LCS today and get this.

  16. another let down 🙁

  17. I wasn’t too impressed with this story, but I’m glad I bought it if only to let DC know there’s a market for the magic parts of DC.  The Reign in Hell mini was horrid and was the last thing that happened for that whole group.

  18. Finally bought and read this today.  It was basically Blackest Night: Batman #4 and that’s not a bad thing. Tomasi writes another great comic!

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