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Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger, Vol. 1: A Stranger Among Us

(Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger #1)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Who has been sacrificed? Who is guilty? Who can save us? And The Phantom Stranger? Cursed for a betrayal that affected the very course of history, the Stranger walks the Earth attempting to atone for his sins. His actions have consequences, and as he fulfils his duty, the people he encounters will never be the same. This series re-introduces a number of DC Comics ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
When DC rebooted their line of comics for the New 52, they gave some peripheral characters their own books. This one was introduced at the end of Justice League, Volume One and it’s a gateway to a variety of DC’s supernatural characters.

The main focus of the story is the Phantom Stranger, loosely based (they don’t spell it out for you) on Judas from the Bible. Because of the “ultimate” betrayal, he’s forced to betray others throughout eternity when he intervenes in their lives. Every time he be
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, I have to congratulate the authors for managing to write a six-issue series about a character that is pretty clearly supposed to be an immortal Judas Iscariot without using Jesus' name once (and Judas only shows up once, in reference to a Judas Goat). That takes some skill.
That being said, the story is only middling. The Phantom Stranger gets tied into several other characters' origins (The Spectre, Raven), and spends an issue arguing with Justice League Dark. There's also an attempt t
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I have always enjoyed the character of the Phantom Stranger. I was worried the relaunch would change up the character to something without the mystery and unknown of the original comic. I was impressed with the way the new origin handled the character. i look forward to seeing how DC goes forward from here. Recommended
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Tough one. This is getting 2.5 stars, rounded down, based on premise -- the Phantom Stranger updated for a New 52-era comic world. Strictly speaking, I can't claim a truthful 3 "really liked it" stars; I just "liked" it. However, the art is good, the dialog is witty and smooth and the plot makes sense. It just didn't catch my interest.

Three sinners of myth and legend are sentenced by a council of wizards to walk the earth to pay for their respective sins -- a man of defiance who becomes The Ques
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I've always enjoyed how the DC Universe is filled with near immortal alien beings, magical beings, power rings, physical manifestations of pure emotion, New Gods, old gods, a multiverse, and many, many other fantastic things, yet it has always been home to God with a capital G as well. I've long been a fan of characters like the Spectre (God's wrath) and the Phantom Stranger. I was a bit apprehensive when they they not only gave the Stranger an origin but made him Judas Iscariot of Biblical fame ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics-dc, comics
The #0 issue that leads off this book is shockingly bad. It sucks all of the mystery out of the character of the Phantom Stranger, offers up a horribly contrived and stunted origin for the Spectre, and makes God into a real jerk. Besides that, the writing is very stilted. And, things only get a little better from there. The scripting is awful until issue #3, when DeMattheis takes over, and the plotting never develops into anything coherent. Instead Didio continually throws as much as he can into ...more
Francisco Becerra
Umberto Eco said that every character is defined by some precise traits; and even when you deconstruct its story or itself, there must be kept a minimum of those traits to make that character recognizable by what it is. Didio did not deconstructed the Stranger, he flipped and mirror-imaged it, so EVERY SINGLE of the traits was turned down. Wheter the Stranger was nearly omniscient, this version is absolutely clueless. Wherer the original was impossible to find and it manifestered whenever he wan ...more
John Yelverton
May 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
I have absolutely no respect for books that try to get a cheap thrill by being sacrilegious.
Reprints The Phantom Stranger (3) #0-5 (November 2012-April 2013). The Phantom Stranger is cursed to walk the Earth after committing the unimaginable sin of turning on betraying the Savior for twenty-pieces of silver. Despite working off his sin, the Phantom Stranger has decided to try to balance life among the living with his actions…but doing so isn’t as easy as it seems. As his past connections to the “Trinity of Sin”, the Spectre, and demands from John Constantine and Justice League Dark con ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dc-comics
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Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Spectre fans!
So, the introduction of the Phantom Stranger to The New 52 is a bit of a miss. While the art was very good, as expected from Brent Anderson, the story is a random hodgepodge of DC mystical characters yelling at one another. There is obvious tension between characters but we, the readers, rarely know why. The back story of Phantom Stranger is a handful of pages that teaches us almost nothing. Overall, not a good way to hook new readers.
Jacinta Carter
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know anything about The Phantom Stranger before this graphic novel, but now I find him fascinating. While it's only implied, his origin story appears to be that he was Judas and after his suicide was forced to again walk the earth in pursuit of assisting the greater good. Between his backstory and his attempts to right the wrongs of the world, The Phantom Stranger is a great character to follow, especially told through such amazing visuals. ...more
Mar 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Not strong but ok 2-3 stars. Cross over with justice league dark annoying JLD sucks. Loved old hellblazer but this Constantine is the most un-Constantine thing ever. This DC cross over nightmare has to end
Faruk Bayraktar
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Isn't there any button to change the rating to 10 out of 5? ...more
superhero fan
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent story a great read nice job dc
Brad Williamson
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He's an INFJ superhero...

And, if you are an infj like I am, I know that's all you need to know to be persuaded to begin reading this comicbook this instant.
Alan D.D.
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
FINALLY! This book seemed to take forever to be read! Issue #0 was cool, but #1-3 were boring and I couldn't move along. Now the last two issues were a marvel, and sure I'll be reading the rest of the series.
¡FINALMENTE! ¡Este libro parecía necesitar una vida para ser leído! El número #0 era fresco, pero #1-3 eran aburridos y no podía avanzar. Ahora, los dos últimos números eran una maravilla, y seguro que voy a estar leyendo el resto de la serie.
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-11-13
So I figured I'd pick this up because I've been a little interested in reading some of the new 52 since it was a good starting point for new readers of DC and I don't read much DC. That is to say I don't know much but I do have some background.

My question after reading this is: Who the hell is this meant for? I have enough working knowledge of DC characters that I wasn't completely lost but I was still a little confused by this book. I imagine that people that have been fans of the Phantom Stran
Alex Sarll
I knew this would be terrible before I even picked it up. It's part of the third wave of New 52 titles, so not even covered by my original foolhardy pledge to read all the Volume 1s I found in libraries. Worst of all, it lacks even the car-crash fascination which I have to assume was what compelled me to take it out. So much here should make for an entertaining clusterfuck, yet in practice, it's just poor, depressing in the same unexciting way as a wet Tuesday in November. The Stranger is a char ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I'm a huge Phantom Stranger fan. I first came to know him in the 70s when he had a regular monthly title. This collection is part of DC's New 52, which has had it's hits and misses. Phantom Stranger #0 was collected in another book I'd read and I didn't care for it all all. In keeping with the decades long trend, we get yet another darker-and-grittier take.

DiDio has given him an origin story. That in itself is a surprise. He's supposed to be mysterious, unknowable. Having an origin story kills
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I've always been intrigued by the Phantom Stranger, though I've mostly only read about him in his appearances in other books, like the old JL of A. This revamp for DC's New 52 is blah, at best. Giving the Stranger a "true" origin story is probably a mistake (I remember an old issue of Secret Origins that presented four possible origins, a much better approach). Making him Judas Iscariot is definitely a mistake. Giving him a secret identity and a family is another bad choice. None of this intrigu ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dcu
I didn't know too much about Phantom Stranger going into this. He's always been a supporting background player in the DCU for me. I picked up this TPB thinking that the New52 might be a good jumping-on point for this character, plus I had heard that he factors pretty heavily into future storylines.

I was not very impressed. I didn't find much to interest me in his character; his backstory, his present day story, his connections to religion... It just didn't resonate with me. Plus the artwork seem
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc, new-52
The Stranger could certainly have a much better name, but it fits with his personality because he's a stranger to all, even himself. I liked this a lot more than I thought I would, and he kind of reminds me of The Green Hornet, which just may be the costume. Also enjoyed his brief conversation with John Constantine and the JL Dark. Would definitely like to see him pop up some more in those volumes, as well as his own here. A readable, darker comic in the New 52 but it certainly doesn't do anythi ...more
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. I first encountered the Phantom Stranger when I read Neil Gaiman's quartet of The Books of Magic (before Peter Gross started the series proper). So it was intriguing to see this origin story and also watch the Stranger interact with folks I know like John Constantine, as well as others like Pandora and the Specter. I also enjoyed meeting the Justice League Dark and now want to read more on them as well. Right up my alley... ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book falls really flat. The writer just did not connect the Stranger to his 'family' in any emotional way I could identify with. I had little sympathy for him nor those he came in contact with. The Stranger's mission is convoluted. It's also unrealistic that he never question the voice guiding him, especially given how old the Stranger is. Art was not that great either, distorted a bit and weak. Just really didn't get much out of this one. ...more
Daniel Butcher
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-52
Despite a debate with a friend trying to convince me otherwise, I really liked this and was suprised.

The backstory of the Stranger intrigued me.

I was shocked about the spirtual content and links to Christianity.

The stranger is looking for salvation through works, where God uses his betrayals for good. that a Teen Titan?

Spectre origin also included in the story arc.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
A week New 52 entry. Art was sloppy, and it seemed like they spent this book trying to figure out what they're doing. Raven, John Constantine, The Spectre, are all thrown into the mix, and their presence seems more interesting than the Phantom Stranger's does. ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
The best thing about the Phantom Stranger is the mystery. No one knows who he is and no one ever really knows why he appears. This book takes that away by giving him a really stupid origin as Judas Iscariot on a mission of redemption. On top of that, the stories are poorly written and poorly drawn.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
It's not the worst thing I've ever read. I liked it enough to say I will be reading the next volume. I'm very curious about this character along and would love to know more about his backstory. So this may have opened a Pandora's box of sorts(no pun intended). ...more
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Phantom stranger was never one of my favorites, he was always one of those "mystical mumbo jumbo why exactly is he here somebody has to spout the exposition to move the story along" characters.

This volume changes that. Depth, Pathos, history, everything a reader wants.
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