Sunday, October 01, 2006

You Hear It... First

Who would you rather have tell you that a great evil is coming and only you can prevent the destruction this Earth and every Earth throughout the multiverse?

This guy?

Or this guy?

Now, neither of them are going to give you much to go on past, "Beware! Beware!" But the Watcher will be a bit of whiny jerk about not helping you, claiming he can't help you because he's "not permitted". Not permitted? Who's going to stop him, the Living Tribunal?

On the other hand, the Phantom Stranger's kind of stand-offish. I mean, he's been working with some of these superheroes since the beginning of time, and he's still a stranger? Shouldn't he be the Phantom Friend by now? Phantom Chum? Phantom Amigo? Phantom Casual Acquaintance?


Ragnell said...

None of those sound as cool as The Phantom Stranger, though.

Plus, he gets serious points for the outfit. Not to mention he's much easier on the eyes to begin with. Phantom Stranger all the way.

Anonymous said...

Well, friendship implies a true relationship. How about Phantom Acquaintance? ;)

Diamondrock said...

You're missing the point! He actively avoids getting involved with people because of his... (deep breath, cue ominous music)


That's what makes the Stranger great. No matter how much time you spend with him, no matter how well you get to know him, he's still a stranger.

Phantom Stranger all the way.

Brandon said...

"None of those sound as cool as The Phantom Stranger, though."

What!? He will now and forever be known to me only as the Phantom Amigo!

SallyP said...

There is just something inherently untrustworthy about beings with giant heads.

Anonymous said...

Phantom Phriend?


WORD VERIFICATION: ofsranac, a rarely distilled Romanian liquor made from distilled field berries.

Steven said...

The Phantom Stranger joke actually occurred to me (geez) 13 years ago when PS was gathering a group of magic weilders to fight the Spectre, and everywhere he went, everyone immediately recognized him. (Btw, his team consisted of himself, the Demon, Dr. Fate, and Zatanna, and not to knock Shadowpact or nothing, but if I'm have to fight evil magic, those are the four I want watching my back.)

And what about Phantom Stranger's girlfriend Cassandra Craft? Who is he to her, the Phantom Fuck Buddy?

The Fortress Keeper said...

Well, whenever he enters the scene P.S. nearly always says something like "...just, a Stranger."

"...just, an Amigo" doesn't quite have the same level of gravitas for New Earth specifications.

Filby said...

If I had to choose between a mildly-unnatural-looking human and a big-headed cosmic entity, I'd go with the guy in the trenchcoat.

And I like to call him the Phantom Gaucho. For... reasons that can't be adequately articulated.

Steven said...

Not a lot of love for the Watcher out there, is there?