Friday, December 22, 2006

Why We Love the Phantom Stranger V


Because the Phantom Stranger can --and will-- talk smack to anyone.



Anyone.



Even a bad-ass Afrobot like Chuma the Cybernetic Warrior-God.


19 comments:

Anonymous said...

So,if he was to face-off with Captain Picard,who would win?

Ariel said...

Whoa! I always thought Phantom Stranger was a whiny little schmuck like Pariah, with a little Uatu the Watcher thrown in. I had no idea he was so...forceful, manly, and uh, kind of sexy.

Can I say that about the Phantom Stranger? Wow, it IS Christmas.

Mallet said...

Why don't you just list off the reasons why we don't love the Phantom Stranger. Oh now I remember why not, because that list isn't possible

Scipio said...

"I had no idea he was so...forceful, manly, and uh, kind of sexy."

No, he smacks guys around, wrestles wild beasts, charms the ladies, and calls people on their crap all the time.

I just read a story where he takes a hit and has to recuperate, wherein we see him without the hat and cape and he is surprisingly hot.

Scipio said...

"I had no idea he was so...forceful, manly, and uh, kind of sexy."

No, he smacks guys around, wrestles wild beasts, charms the ladies, and calls people on their crap all the time.

I just read a story where he takes a hit and has to recuperate, wherein we see him without the hat and cape and he is surprisingly hot.

Your Obedient Serpent said...

Man, Chuma the Cybernetic Warrior-God. I read that story when it first came out (and many many times subsequently, of course; Your Obedient Serpent often misses his halcyon hatchling days when he could immerse himself in his hoard for hours, even days on end...)

It's too bad he was a one-shot bad guy, because Aparo came up with a GREAT visual design: plainly robotic, yet with clearly African features that don't look stereotyped.

Oh, and the Phantom Stranger vs. Picard? Depends on the season. Any time pre-Locutus, and Picard would just surrender the ship to the Stranger at the very first harsh glare from those unseen eyes.

Ariel said...

OK, there MUST be a shirtless Stranger shot somewhere. Still clad in his Fedora.

Depending on which origin story one ascribes to him, I'm assuming he would have no belly button.

HAWT! ;)

Scipio said...

Ariel, perhaps that what you should ask from Blockade Boy for Christmas.

I'm sure he wouldn't mind drawing the stranger in a codpiece decorated with two stylized blank eyes ... and an opera cape, fedora, and opera gloves.

SallyP said...

A good taunt is ALWAYS sexy. And the cape...love the cape.

Anonymous said...

Now you understand why some folks marked out bigtime when PS and Cassandra reunited in the Zatanna comic.

Pray for a Showcase vol. 2.

Phantom Stranger vs. The Dark Circle kicks all the ass in the world.

Anonymous said...

There's such a ballsy moment in JLA/Avengers, when Batman asks PS what the hell he's doing here, and PS just smirks, "I *am* a member of the Justice League, am I not?"

Well, no, you're a sneaky bastard who vanished every time the JLA asked you to join, but kudos for putting the League in their place while saving their asses AGAIN.

Neil said...

"Any time pre-Locutus, and Picard would just surrender the ship to the Stranger at the very first harsh glare from those unseen eyes."

Which begs the suggestion of a Phantom Stranger vs. Bill Adama" staring contest.

Not sure who would win, but I'm pretty sure several universes would implode the second those two made eye contact.

Deschanel said...

The Phantom Stranger is a great conversationalist, but he always disappears mysteriously when the check arrives.

The birds cry "Cheep! Cheep!"..

The Mutt said...

OK, there MUST be a shirtless Stranger shot somewhere. Still clad in his Fedora."

I'm certain I recall a picture of the Phantom Stranger shirtless and hanging by his chained wrists. No clue where from. Aparo art. No fedora. Anybody else?

Jacob said...

Action Comics Weekly, in a dreadful Kupperberg-written two-parter with a Mayan death god villain. Also hanging chained-- but not, I think, shirtless-- in the Mishkin-written end-of-the-universe origin from Secret Origins.

hydrogenguy said...

For the love of everything awesome, why hasn't Chuma appeared in 52 yet?

Scipio said...

I think Chuma needs to be brought back as a combat consultant to the Metal Men.

Tony said...

What comic is the Darkseid face-off from?

philippos42 said...

Legends, natch.