The Phantom (2003 Series) #19
The Phantom #19 (Moonstone Publishing)
By Mike Bullock, Silvestre Szilagyi & Marat Mychaels
The “Invisible Children” arc comes to a powerful conclusion this issue. The Phantom has been captured by the army of Him, the warlord that has taken over a small African country and is taking its children to torture, brainwash and destroy them. But the Phantom has many more tricks than his captors, and the jungle itself is rising up against this atrocity. Bullock has done something pretty rare — he’s taken a real-world, real-life political situation and told a story that’s not preachy or tiresome, but instead effective and heartbreaking. Perhaps it’s just because this is a more black-and-white situation than most political issues — who could possibly argue in favor of what’s really happening to the children of Uganda? But whatever the reason, this is a fantastic issue, and one of the most pertinent, most incredible Phantom comics I’ve ever read.