Here on the top of the mesa, they meet a strange and mysterious person who calls himself "the locust god". he asks phantom to help him nab a fugitive murderer. phantom is amazed to see that the person is well aware of his ancestral trail and also knows about the myth of his immortality. but he promises to help him.
The murderer, together with his son and grandson is passing through the desert, as predicted by the locust god. Phantom and Diana are ready for them and finally got the good of the trio.
My Impression of the story:
the art work by Olesen and Williams is great. These artists once used to be a part of Sy Barry's team before the great man called it a day. The impression of Barry's work is easily visible in the pages. Actually George Olesen worked on the Phantom Strips for 40 years with Barry, but didnot get any credit until his senior was working. After the retirement of Barry in 1994, he got the recognition he deserved. Olesen also retired from Phantom strips in 2005.
The artwork is superb except that the facial expression are not very clearly done. It is here that we miss the great Barry, otherwise there is not much of a difference.
The coloring has been done intelligently, and differently. The scenes of fog and mist in the desert are amazingly drawn. One can actually feel it.
Overall an average story, which also reminds the reader the Falk adventure that took place at the same venue in which a whole village was destroyed in a massacre and phantom, intending to spend a good night on top of mesa, finds himself among the deads. Comparisons are inevitable and that generally proves fatal for post Falkian era stories, which are otherwise having their own charm.
Hope you like the effort. Any suggestions are welcomed.
|Starting this daily strip I am beginning a series on those phantom daily strips, which are hitherto not available in good resolution and therefore are not easily readable. I have transformed the small strip pages into somewhat higher resolution, to make them legible and at the same time also converted them to comic book format.|
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