Phantom Stranger

The Phantom Stranger is a fictional character of unspecified paranormal origins, who battles mysterious and occult forces in various titles published by DC Comics, sometimes under their Vertigo imprint.

Phantom Stranger
The Phantom Stranger
Cover of The Phantom Stranger (Jan. 2013) #4.
Art by Ethan Van Sciver.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics/Vertigo
First appearancePhantom Stranger #1
(August–September 1952)
Created byJohn Broome (writer)
Carmine Infantino (artist)
Sy Barry (inker)
In-story information
Team affiliationsThe Quintessence
Justice League
The Trenchcoat Brigade
Sentinels of Magic
Justice League Dark
Notable aliasesPhilip Stark, Grey Walker, Brotherless One
Abilities
The Phantom Stranger
Series publication information
Schedulevol. 1 and 2: Bimonthly
vol. 3 and vol. 4: Monthly
FormatAll: Standard U.S., color.
vol. 1, 2 and vol. 4: ongoing.
vol. 3: Limited series
Publication datevol. 1: August/September 1952 - June/July 1953
vol. 2: May/June 1969– February/March 1976
vol. 3: October 1987–January 1988
vol. 4: November 2012–October 2014
Number of issuesvol. 1: 6
vol. 2: 41
vol. 3: 4
vol. 4: 23 (#1-22 plus issue #0) and a Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger: Futures End one shot
Main character(s)The Phantom Stranger

Publication history

The Phantom Stranger first appeared in an eponymous seven-issue comics anthology published in 1952 and created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino.[1] After an appearance in Showcase #80 (February 1969), he received another series beginning May–June 1969[2] that lasted until February–March 1976. The Showcase appearance and the first three issues of Phantom Stranger consisted of reprints from both the 1950s title and the "Dr. 13: Ghost-Breaker" feature from the last nine issues of Star Spangled Comics at the same time, with new, brief framing sequences. These had Dr. Thirteen, certain that the Phantom Stranger was an impostor, determined to expose him. Beginning with issue #4 (November–December 1969), the series began featuring all-new material, with stories produced by Robert Kanigher, Len Wein, Jim Aparo, Neal Adams, Tony DeZuniga, and others. In these stories, while the Stranger's past remained a mystery, the writers added a semi-regular cast of characters for him. A demonic sorceress named Tala[3] would become his major personal enemy; an alchemist/sorcerer named Tannarak[4] was first an enemy and would later assist him against the Dark Circle;[5] and a blind psychic named Cassandra Craft[6] would assist him. The stories hinted at a romantic attraction between the Stranger and Craft, but he eventually left her, deciding she could not be part of his life, convincing her he had been killed in their final battle against the Dark Circle.[7] She eventually learned differently and turned up occasionally. Doctor Thirteen, dropped along with the reprints, was given a back-up series here as of #12 (March–April 1971) which morphed into "The Spawn of Frankenstein" in #23 (January–February 1973).

The Phantom Stranger is better known for his role as a supernatural assistant to other heroes, such as the Justice League. His status as either a full, reserve, or honorary member of the League is debatable. After a vote of the majority of the team in Justice League of America #103, they offered him membership, with Superman declaring the Stranger "a member" without qualification, though he left before accepting. This issue was part of an unofficial metafictional crossover with Marvel Comics, spanning titles from both of the major comics companies. Beginning in Marvel's Amazing Adventures #16 (by Steve Englehart with art by Bob Brown and Frank McLaughlin), the story continued in DC's Justice League of America #103 (by Len Wein, Dick Dillin and Dick Giordano), and is concluded in Thor #207 (by Gerry Conway and penciler John Buscema). Each comic featured writers Steve Englehart, Gerry Conway, and Len Wein, as well as Wein's first wife Glynis, interacting with Marvel or DC characters at the Rutland Halloween Parade in Rutland, Vermont.[8][9][10] The Phantom Stranger has at least twice asserted his membership status when other Leaguers challenged his input, during the vote on the League's re-admission of Wonder Woman[11] and during the crossover with The Avengers.[12] In contrast, many in-story accounts of League membership fail to include the Stranger; when Zatanna was admitted as a member, Superman and Hawkman clarified that the twelve-member limit in the League's charter had been rewritten previously to admit Hawkgirl as the thirteenth.[13] Writer Len Wein commented on the Phantom Stranger's relationship with the JLA in a 2012 interview stating that the character "only sort of joined. He was offered membership but vanished, as per usual, without actually accepting the offer. Over the years, other writers have just assumed [he] was a member, but in my world, he never really said yes."[14]

The Stranger also starred in a mini-series in 1987. This series portrayed him as an agent of the Lords of Order. They temporarily stripped the Stranger of his powers, due to his desire to continue a battle against the Lords of Chaos. This went against the wishes of the Lords of Order, who had believed a victory by darkness over light was necessary and preordained. This series featured Eclipso as an agent of Chaos; in Green Lantern/Superman: Legend of the Green Flame, this role is continued. However, the Stranger claims that he belongs to no group. The Lords of Order threaten to strip him of his powers, and he leaves, claiming that he shall continue to wander.[15]

The Phantom Stranger received a new ongoing series in September 2012 written by Dan DiDio and drawn by Brent Anderson.[16] This series was retitled as Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger[17] as of issue #9 (Aug. 2013) and cancelled as of #22 (Oct. 2014).[18]

Fictional character biography

Origin

Unusual for a comic book character of such longevity, nothing in the way of personal data about the Phantom Stranger—his real name, his true nature, or his origins—has ever been revealed. DC produced a special issue of Secret Origins that postulated four possible origins:

  1. The Stranger was a man in Biblical times who was spared God's wrath by an angel. Questioning God's actions, he commits suicide. The angel forbids his spirit from entering the afterlife, reanimates his body and condemns him to walk the world forever as part of humanity, but also forever separated from it. He then discovers his divine charge: to turn humanity away from evil, one soul at a time. Some versions of this story imply that the angel was the incarnation of The Spectre of that time period.[19]
  2. In a variation of the Wandering Jew story, he was a man named Isaac with a wife (Rebecca) and a son during the time of Jesus' childhood. When King Herod heard that there was born a child who would be king of the Jews, he orders the Massacre of the Innocents in order to kill the Christ child. Among the people killed were Isaac's wife and son. Blind with anger, he spends the next 30 years raging against Jesus. During the Passion of Christ, Isaac bribes a guard to take his place in the flagellation of Christ. Jesus condemns Isaac to wander until Doomsday. After the crucifixion, Isaac repents. He has since spent the rest of his life helping mankind, and declines an offer from God to release him from his penance.[20]
  3. The Phantom Stranger is a being caught in a time loop. Near the end of the universe, the Phantom Stranger approaches a group of scientists who are trying to transfer energy from the Big Bang to extend the life of the universe. The Phantom Stranger realizes that one of the scientists is in reality an Avatar of Anti-life, and that their efforts will prevent the universe from ever existing. The story concludes with the Phantom Stranger passing a portion of himself to a scientist, who dives through the portal to the Big Bang, intercepts the beam that would have drained the Big Bang, and becomes the Phantom Stranger, completing the cycle.[21]
  4. The Phantom Stranger was a fallen angel who sided with neither Heaven nor Hell during Satan's rebellion and thus was condemned to walk the Earth alone for all time.[22] In the comic book miniseries The Trenchcoat Brigade, John Constantine sees that the fourth origin story is essentially correct. The Vertigo Visions: Phantom Stranger one-shot by Alisa Kwitney and Guy Davis builds upon Moore's fallen angel story and adds the story of the woman Naamah, who was condemned to Hell for loving an angel. This angel is strongly hinted to have become the Phantom Stranger.

Another possible origin was hinted at in The Kingdom (the sequel to Kingdom Come) in which it was implied that Jonathan Kent, the future son of Superman and Wonder Woman, might grow up to be the Phantom Stranger. This also tied some of his abilities into the Hypertime concept, giving him the innate ability to enter alternate timelines and to exist in the spaces between them. The story ultimately revealed this to be a red herring. The character in question had been deliberately drawn in shadows to suggest that he was the Stranger; but when Wonder Woman finally saw his face, she said that she now realized he was not the Stranger they knew.

His appearances in titles featuring Doctor Fate reveal that the Stranger was a servant of the Lords of Order during the Ninth Age of Magic (at least). This may be a later development unrelated to his actual origin.

In Phantom Stranger #0 (2012), the Phantom Stranger is Judas Iscariot. He is judged by the Circle of Eternity, who are implied to be proxies for a higher power. The Stranger is condemned to walk the Earth forever as an agent of God. He wears a necklace made of the thirty pieces of silver which he took as payment for betraying Jesus. When the Stranger facilitates the transformation of Jim Corrigan into the Spectre, one of the coins falls from the necklace and crumbles, bringing him one step closer to redemption.

Depictions by different writers

In his earliest appearances, the Phantom Stranger would prove supernatural events to be hoaxes perpetrated by criminals. He would directly confront the villains, and displayed no supernatural abilities apart from his uncanny ability to appear where and when he is needed and to disappear just as mysteriously, with nobody ever seeing him coming or going. In later stories, the supernatural events were real and the Phantom Stranger was given unspecified superhuman powers to defeat them. For example, he was able to control a smoke-based sedative with a gesture, claiming smoke itself is his ally.[23]

In his second comic book series, the Phantom Stranger became a truly supernatural hero.

The Phantom Stranger played a major part in Neil Gaiman's The Books of Magic, taking protagonist Tim Hunter through time to show him the history and nature of magic. He has assisted the Justice League on numerous occasions, even being formally elected to the group in Justice League of America #103 although he did not acknowledge his membership until Justice League of America #143. The Stranger also had his own limited series, where, lacking much of his power, he tries to foil Eclipso's plan to cause a nuclear war.

Phantomstranger nealadams
The Phantom Stranger in a typically cryptic pose. In his early comic book appearances, the Stranger's garb was a black trenchcoat over a black suit and black tie, as shown here. His now familiar black cape, white rolled-neck sweater, and gold medallion would come later. Art by Neal Adams.

During Kevin Smith's relaunch of Green Arrow, he prevented Hal Jordan from uniting the resurrected body of Oliver Queen with his soul in Heaven. This earned him Jordan's wrath; indeed, the Spectre threatened to judge the Stranger to see whether God had "punished" him properly by refusing him access to Heaven itself. Nonetheless, the Phantom Stranger assisted Hal Jordan during his tenure as the Spectre on numerous occasions as well, most notably in a short stint babysitting Hal's niece, Helen.

In 2005's Day of Vengeance, the Stranger had been turned into a small rodent by the Spectre. Upon the Spectre's confrontation and battle with the Stranger, the Stranger states: "You can't kill me. I doubt that the Universe would allow it." He was still able to advise Detective Chimp, who sheltered him in his hat while he recovered his powers. He changed back using recovered energies in Day of Vengeance #6 and aided the Shadowpact, allowing them to see the battle between the Spectre and Shazam. The series makes a point that the supernatural community generally regards the Phantom Stranger as invincible. The first reaction of some characters to the Spectre's assault on magic is simply to presume that the Stranger will take care of it. Other stories have shown the Stranger nearly as powerful as the Spectre.

In the Day of Vengeance: Infinite Crisis Special, The Phantom Stranger works with Nabu, Doctor Occult, Zatanna, the Shadowpact, and other mystics to re-form the Rock of Eternity and help defeat the maddened Spectre.

The Phantom Stranger's relationships with the other mystic heroes are usually a bit tense. The Stranger has no qualms gathering various forces in order to combat a certain evil (the Sentinels of Magic, but also other loose outfits), often invading those people's personal lives. However, he does not usually extend them that same courtesy. The Phantom Stranger has resisted such people as Doctor Fate (notably Hector Hall) in this, although Doctor Fate is, in almost any incarnation, an ally of the Stranger. Despite this, he does get along well with Zatanna; in Justice League of America #6, he appeared by her side to help remove the influence of Faust on Red Tornado, and in the Justice series he seems to have a fatherly affection for her, calling her "my dear."

Since he is ultimately an unpredictable force, others often meet the Phantom Stranger's appearance with distrust. Nonetheless, most heroes will follow him, seeing not only his immense power, but also knowing that the Stranger is, in the end, a force for good. He has generally shown to side with humanity first in many supernatural-based problems, such as when he aided Superman in a confrontation with the magician Arion, who attempted to force Superman to retire in the belief that Superman and other alien heroes would hold back the 'darkness' that would make civilization—Arion describing human history as existing in a cycle that would allow humanity to develop to a certain point before they collapsed and had to start again—for so long that it would destroy humanity when it came; although the Stranger acknowledged that the future Arion had foreseen, where Earth was completely destroyed by the mysterious and powerful Khyber due to Superman delaying him for so long that he only struck at his peak, was possible, he also told Superman to keep fighting to find another way as the cost in souls and experience if Arion succeeded would be too great. A notable exception to the heroes who will work with the Stranger is Madame Xanadu, who has refused to join the Stranger on a few occasions, although she is a member of his Sentinels of Magic. Eventually, it was revealed that Madame Xanadu's hatred for the Phantom Stranger stems for his involvement in the events costing young Nimue her powers and heritage, and turning the young fey into the immortal yet powerless clairvoyant.

The Stranger also holds a unique relationship with the Spectre, as the two forces often come into conflict. He was responsible for gathering a group of mystic heroes in order to combat the Spectre, when its human host Jim Corrigan seemingly lost control of the Spectre. (It was during this time that they destroyed the country of Vlatava.) The Phantom Stranger participated in Jim Corrigan's funeral, when Corrigan's soul finally earned its rest and left the Spectre. The Stranger subsequently became one of the forces that stood against the Spectre when it went on a rampage without its human host, until the soul of Hal Jordan bonded with it. The Stranger occasionally took on an advisory role for this new Spectre. In Infinite Crisis #6, aware that the Spectre now has yet another new host, the Phantom Stranger gathered a large group of magic wielders in an unsuccessful attempt to solicit the Spectre's assistance in the Crisis.

In the Madame Xanadu series, the first encounter between the then young and innocent Nimue, as Xanadu was known in the Arthurian Age, and the Phantom Stranger himself is told. There, Nimue acknowledges his unearthly nature, describing him as "Ageless and yet so...uneasy," and claiming, "You're not human! Nor are you of the Ancient Folk! Nor fey creature. Nor...nor demon..." However, before Nimue is able to grasp his nature, the Stranger goes away, claiming to be "compelled to counsel and yet forbidden to interfere in the course of history."[24]

In the pages of Shadowpact, the Phantom Stranger has adopted the role of narrator. He is shown to be aware of the mystical happenings not only on Earth but across several dimensions; once again he is shown to be unable to interfere, no matter how dire the danger he is aware of may be.

Blackest Night

In Blackest Night #2, Black Hand refers to the Phantom Stranger as neither dead nor alive, meaning he cannot be killed, resurrected or raised as a Black Lantern. The Stranger watches as a black power ring attaches itself to Crispus Allen's body, turning him into a Black Lantern, and sealing the Spectre within him. In the tie-in one-shot revival of Phantom Stranger #42, the Stranger, with the help of Blue Devil, attempts to fight the Black Lantern Spectre, but fails. The two then travel to Nanda Parbat, where the Stranger helps Deadman remove the black ring from his body. The Stranger has the body brought into Nanda Parbat and placed under guard, stating that it is of "singular importance."

The New 52

In DC Comics - The New 52 FCBD Special Edition #1 as part of The New 52 (a reboot of the DC Comics universe), Phantom Stranger was implied to be Judas Iscariot and part of the Trinity of Sin with Pandora and The Question. While not named explicitly, the necklace he wears is presumed to be made from the silver pieces he received for his betrayal of Jesus Christ. His hair and eyes become totally white from the experience.[25]

In Phantom Stranger #0, it is confirmed that Phantom Stranger was once known as Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed Jesus. In this origin tale he is about to hang himself when his suicide attempt is stopped by a mysterious group of individuals. He is subsequently judged along with Pandora of Pandora's Box fame and another man who was turned into the Question. Thousands of years later he is guided to help desperate former detective Jim Corrigan find his kidnapped girlfriend. He leads him to the abandoned warehouse where she has been kept, but this turns out to be a trap. Corrigan is killed by the kidnappers, then transforms into the Spectre and accuses the Stranger of betraying him. As the Spectre is about to attack the Stranger, a Mysterious Voice sends him off to inflict his wrath on the more deserving. As payment for what occurred with Corrigan, one coin drops off the necklace he was cursed with (made of the 30 pieces of silver he betrayed Jesus for) and the Stranger realizes he has more encounters ahead of him before he is forgiven.[26]

Pandora meets the Phantom Stranger and tells him she needs his help to find the person who can open her box. He refuses, reminding her of the last time the box was opened, when the sins of the world were unleashed. To this, she responds that she only wants to save everyone from what she unleashed.[27] John Constantine tries to con the Phantom Stranger to join the Justice League Dark by promising to return one of the 30 silver coins bound to him through his punishment. The Phantom Stranger rejects the offer, but Constantine feels he will eventually come around and be on the Justice League Dark's side.[28] The Question manipulates Doctor Thirteen to impale the Phantom Stranger with the Spear of Destiny.[29] The Phantom Stranger is left on the door to the House of Mystery, and the Justice League Dark attempt to revive him summoning the Nightmare Nurse.[30] Once they do, the Phantom Stranger states that they are all in his debt and asks the Justice League Dark (specifically Zatanna) to help him enter Hell to save his family.[31] Zauriel warns the Phantom Stranger that he is never allowed to enter Heaven again, having gone to try to save his family. Zauriel states to the Phantom Stranger that if he tries, he will be erased from time and history.[32]

Powers and abilities

The natures of these are as mysterious as the Stranger himself, who seems to be effectively immortal, never aging. The Phantom Stranger has demonstrated enormous powers and capabilities, the exact origin of which is undetermined. He can travel enormous distances in a very short period of time, such as to the JLA Watchtower and Apokolips, as well as to mystical dimensions, such as Heaven, Hell and the realm occupied by the Quintessence (although he is forbidden from entering Heaven directly). He can fire energy bolts of great force, travel through time, dispel magic, reveal illusions, and survive in space without any type of life support system; on one occasion, he created a mystical shield that protected Superman from any spells cast against him directly in preparation for Superman's upcoming confrontation with Arion. The limits of his power have not been defined. In many cases, despite his obvious capabilities, he claims he is not allowed to end a crisis directly, only to guide others to take the necessary actions (this restriction allows the Stranger to guest-star in virtually any title without becoming a deus ex machina, whose actions would immediately end the story).

The Phantom Stranger's greatest and most well-known power is his mysterious omniscience; he seems to know nearly everything about any character and situation he encounters in the DC Universe, and in the JLA/Avengers crossover, this extends to the Marvel Universe as well for the sake of the story, this is disproved in Swamp Thing Annual #2. This allows him to provide helpful advice and assistance to others. He claims that "nothing remains hidden to [him]." His knowledge has even allowed him to come to the aid of DC Universe characters trapped out of their own times. In Animal Man #19, Animal Man had found himself trapped in the 1960s in a ghost-like state in between reality and non-reality. He wandered listlessly, until the Stranger met him and offered a helping hand. The Stranger was already aware of Animal Man's current state of despair, and even knew that he was from the future (i.e. the late 1980s). However, in Swamp Thing Annual #2, the Stranger was not completely aware of all the details of Alec Holland's transformation into the Swamp Thing; he knew enough to be aware of the swamp creature's existence and life, but was still surprised when he encountered the creature's astral body on a trip through the afterlife.

Although the Phantom Stranger does not wear a mask, the shadow of his hat almost constantly cloaks his eyes. When shown unmasked in the Madame Xanadu mini-series, set in Arthurian age where the Stranger's disguise was a simple cloak, his eyes appear as white and devoid of irises and pupils even in broad light, and his eyes sunken in a gaunt, sad visage, thus perpetuating the shadowy look around them.

Other versions

DC: The New Frontier #6: He calls several magic-based heroes to a banquet on the moon, where he counsels them not to interfere in the new heroes' battle with the Center.

Collected Editions

  • Showcase Presents: Phantom Stranger Vol. 1 collects Showcase #80 and Phantom Stranger vol. 2 #1-21, 544 pages, October 2006, ISBN 978-1401210885
  • Showcase Presents: Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 collects Phantom Stranger vol. 2 #22-41, Justice League of America #103, House of Secrets #150, The Brave and the Bold #89, 98 and the Frankenstein stories from Phantom Stranger vol. 2 #23-30, 552 pages, March 2008, ISBN 978-1401217228
  • Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns includes Phantom Stranger vol. 2 #42, 256 pages, July 2011, ISBN 978-1401228064
  • Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger Vol. 1: A Stranger Among Us collects Phantom Stranger vol. 4 #0-5, 144 pages, June 2013, ISBN 978-1401240882
  • Trinity of Sin - The Phantom Stranger Vol. 2: Breach of Faith collects Phantom Stranger vol. 4 #6-8 and Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger #9-11, 144 pages, March 2014, ISBN 978-1401247140
  • Trinity of Sin - Phantom Stranger Vol. 3: The Crack in Creation collects Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger #12-22 and Trinity of Sin: Futures End #1, 264 pages, January 2015, ISBN 978-1401250966

In other media

Television

  • The Phantom Stranger appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Chill of the Night!" Here, he is voiced by longtime Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy. He and the Spectre observe Batman as he learns who murdered his parents. The Stranger wagers that Batman will remain on the path of justice, while the Spectre wagers that Batman will choose the path of vengeance and murder Joe Chill.[33]

Video games

  • The Phantom Stranger appears in DC Universe Online. He introduces magical heroes to Exobyte Research and equipment modification in the JLA Watchtower.
  • The Phantom Stranger appears in the mobile game DC Legends as a non-player character.

Music

Miscellaneous

Bruce Timm had intended to utilize the Phantom Stranger in the DC animated universe, but he was not allowed to do so. However, his design for the character did appear in the following DC comics:

  • Batman: Gotham Adventures #33 (Wherein he shows Bruce Wayne how Gotham City would be without Batman.)
  • Justice League Adventures #31 (He shows three possible fates about a boy who is mourning his family.)
  • Justice League Unlimited #14 (Helps Deadman and some other Leaguers against a magical threat.)
  • Justice League Unlimited #28 (Shows the Flash several Christmas days Batman experienced in the past in order to give the speedster a deeper understanding of Batman's psyche.)

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External links

1952 in comics

Notable events of 1952 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Brent Anderson

Brent Anderson (born June 15, 1955, in San Jose, California) is an American comics artist known for his work on X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills and the comic book series Astro City.

Cassandra Craft

Cassandra Craft is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. She is a blind psychic who runs an occult bookstore in San Francisco, California. She is friends with Zatanna and Phantom Stranger. She first appeared in The Phantom Stranger vol. 2 #17 and plays an important role in Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers of Victory crossover. She was created by Len Wein and Jim Aparo.

Dan DiDio

Dan DiDio (; born October 13, 1959) is an American writer, editor, and publisher who has worked in the television and comic book industries. He is currently the co–publisher of DC Comics, along with Jim Lee. Wizard magazine recognized him as its first ever "Man of the Year" in 2003 for his work in the DC Universe line of comics.

Dark Circle

The Dark Circle is a fictional criminal organization in that appears in comic books from DC Comics, primarily part of the Legion of Super-Heroes comic books. They first appeared in 1968, created by Jim Shooter as a criminal organization founded by five members and populated by a multitude of clones of the original five members.

The Dark Circle concept was later modified to consist of members from five core worlds instead of clones. A later version, after DC Comics rebooted their history, was led by Brainiac 4 and had several known Legion of Super-Heroes enemies among their ranks instead of the previous generic masked henchmen.

Day of Vengeance

Day of Vengeance is a six-issue comic book limited series written by Bill Willingham, with art by Justiniano and Walden Wong, published in 2005 by DC Comics.

Doctor Thirteen

Dr. Terrance Thirteen (sometimes Terrence), known simply as Doctor Thirteen, Dr. 13 and The Ghost-Breaker, is a fictional character in comic books set in the DC Universe. The character's first published appearance is in Star Spangled Comics #122, (November 1951).

Frankenstein (DC Comics)

Frankenstein is a fictional DC Comics character based on the Frankenstein's monster character created by Mary Shelley.

Fred Carrillo

Wilfredo Limbana "Fred" Carrillo (1926–August 2005) was a Filipino comics artist.

Justice League Dark

The Justice League Dark, or JLD, is a fictional superhero team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. First appearing in Justice League Dark #1 (September 2011), the Justice League Dark originally featured John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, the Changing Man, and Zatanna. The team consists of the more supernatural members of the DC Universe, handling situations deemed outside the scope of the traditional Justice League.

Lady Luck (comics)

Lady Luck is a fictional, American comic-strip and comic book crime fighter and adventuress created and designed in 1940 by Will Eisner with artist Chuck Mazoujian. Through 1946, she starred in a namesake, four-page weekly feature published in a Sunday-newspaper comic-book insert colloquially called "The Spirit Section". The feature, which ran through November 3, 1946, with one months-long interruption, was reprinted in comic books published by Quality Comics. A revamped version of the character debuted in 2013 in DC Comics's Phantom Stranger comic.

Madame Xanadu

Madame Xanadu is a comic book mystic published by DC Comics. The character is identified with Nimue, the sorceress from Arthurian mythology made popular by Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur.

Shadowpact

The Shadowpact is a fictional group of magic-based heroes who fought against the Spectre in the 2005 limited series Day of Vengeance, published by DC Comics. They are a sort of Justice League for the supernatural elements of the DC Universe. Some of the team members are Homo magi.

Their self-titled series ended in May 2008, after 25 issues and a 2-year run, but the team appeared in the Reign in Hell mini-series in July 2008.

Spectre (DC Comics character)

The Spectre is the name given to several fictional antihero characters who have appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics.The character first appeared in More Fun Comics #52 (Feb. 1940). He was created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily, although several sources attribute creator credit solely to Siegel, limiting Baily to being merely the artist assigned to the feature.

Tala (comics)

Tala is a fictional supervillainess in the DC Comics universe. She first appeared as an adversary of the Phantom Stranger, but she is also known for her appearances on Justice League Unlimited.

Tala is the mistress of her own part of Hell. Usually manipulating mortals into doing evil, she has also tried to unleash evil forces upon our world. Occasionally, she has allied herself with the Lords of Chaos or the evil sorcerer Tannarak, whom she has also been romantically involved with. Tala is an enemy of the Phantom Stranger, whom she has variously tried to destroy and seduce. She seems to have a gentler side, as witnessed in Tannarak's Nightclub 'Bewitched', where she has waited tables and chatted with Zatanna.

The Trenchcoat Brigade

The Trenchcoat Brigade is a four-issue comic book limited series that was published in 1999 as a part of DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, featuring several mystic DC Universe characters.

The title references an offhand joke used by John Constantine in the earlier Books of Magic series to label a loose affiliation of mystics including himself, Phantom Stranger, Doctor Occult, and Mister E who share a preference for trenchcoats as their outdoor wear (Constantine was knowingly paraphrasing the title of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous "The Charge of the Light Brigade", about a reckless military event).

Trinity War

"Trinity War" is an 11-issue comic book story arc first published in 2013 by DC Comics, featuring the fictional superhero teams the Justice League, Justice League of America, and Justice League Dark. The arc spans several titles, including Justice League, Justice League of America, Justice League Dark, Constantine, Trinity of Sin: Pandora and Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger. The story is an action-mystery that sees the Justice League, Justice League of America, and Justice League Dark clash, in order to solve the mystery of Pandora's Box. The event also introduces the Crime Syndicate and the reveal of Earth-3 to The New 52.

The main storyline received generally positive reviews, though was criticized for not having a true conclusion, instead leading directly into the "Forever Evil" storyline; the tie-in titles received mixed reviews. Every title involved in the story was collected into a trade paperback entitled Justice League: Trinity War.

Zauriel

Zauriel is a fictional character in the DC Universe. Originally a guardian angel who served Heaven for millions of years, he willingly falls to Earth and becomes a superhero, joining the Justice League.

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