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Phantom Road #2

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

The new ongoing series from Eisner-nominated team JEFF LEMIRE & GABRIEL HERNÁNDEZ WALTA continues!

Dom is a long-haul truck driver who finds himself on a strange highway trip after he pulls an unusual artifact from the wreckage of a car crash along with his new companion, Birdie. Figuring out where they are is the first mystery…figuring out how to get out painlessly is the second.

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
29 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0BW21DFWP

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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    ComicBook.com

    Like a hydra, this Lemirian mystery introduces a handful of new mysteries for each one solved. Lemire weaves a wicked web here as he begins to flesh out the existence of the Phantom Road. Though it was apparent from the leap, this issue, in particular, proves it’s a story that could only be told with an artist like Gabriel Walta. It’s a dark story that’s microscopic on the surface, before exploding in scope with just the littlest peak under the hood – and Walta’s lineart is one of those that can provide the necessary range. Not only that, but it carries the script forward like the folktale it is.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Lemire continues to craft an interesting and entertaining story in this issue. I enjoy the mystery being revealed within it and the unique premise and characters. Dom and Birdie’s dynamic is great and I love that they are both discovering together and both are equally lost. There is something intriguing about the pair learning about the in-between world by the mystery man in the diner and the things that he isn’t saying about where they are and why.

    The Art: Walta delivers some great visuals throughout the issue. The art is beautifully detailed and does a wonderful job of complementing the tone and world of the story.

  • 85

    AIPT

    While the first issue of Phantom Road offers an intriguing mystery to unpack straight out of the Twilight Zone, the second issue sets up a story where our protagonists are on the run and may be in the wrong. You’ll start questioning if it’s all in their head, making the road ahead all the more dangerous. Weird, unnerving, and sometimes haunting, Phantom Road is another unique hit from Lemire and Walta.

  • 80

    Lotusland Comics

    By now, if you’re a comic book fan, you should be a fan of prolific writer Jeff Lemire. The writer of Sweet Tooth, Essex County, Gideon Falls, and countless other stories earns a bit of leeway in telling a story at his own pace as readers enter his world between the pages of a book like Phantom Road. Eerie, trippy, and mysterious, Lemire takes readers into his own private Twilight Zone where answers are few and far between as Dom the trucker, and Birdie the crash victim he’s accompanied by, wander a desolate alternate dimension where alien-like creatures stalk the streets. Questions remain and that could be a little frustrating as readers are in the dark as much as the characters are. However, you couldn’t find a better art team than Gabriel H. Walta and Jordie Bellaire to bring this reality-defying dimension to life. Honestly, ‘Phantom Road’ might be more satisfying as a trade so there’s a resolution to all the questions that aren’t found so far. But if you trust in Lemire, and like a slow haunting journey through the unknown then this is for you. ‘Phantom Road’ is excellently crafted despite not giving away too many details.

  • 80

    COMICON

    Lemire’s writing is fine. Walta’s artwork? Fine. Bellaire’s colors? Intentionally muted to set the tone. In other words, they’re fine.

    Perhaps it’s unfair to judge the series on what could have been instead of focusing on what it is. But when you’re dealing with a top-tier creative team – and when the publisher’s marketing for the book reminds us of how great those team members are – it’s only human nature. And perhaps the team has some surprise in store that will wow readers. Based on their past work, they have earned our trust in producing a memorable story. We just haven’t seen it. Hopefully that trust is well placed.

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    Phantom Road #2 is a great follow-up to the impressive debut issue of the series. Jeff Lemire builds greater investment in series leads, Dom and Birdie, journey through strong character interactions. These interactions build a mystery that leaves you wanting to continue reading to find out what is going on.

  • 46

    Comic Watch

    Phantom Road #2 is an underwhelming follow-up to a strong opening issue, steering too far into the mechanics of the story and losing its characters in the process. At the level of the creative team, the issue is still competently made, displaying instances of strong panel composition and exquisite coloring choices. With the track laying hopefully finished for now, the next issue could well leave this lacking installment in the rearview for a return to strong form with issue #3.

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