Fantomah Season 1, Issue 1
Writer: Ray Fawkes
Artist: Soo Lee
Cover Artist: Djbril Morrisette
Letters by Andrew Thomas
Created by: Fletcher Hanks
Paz Gallegos is a 24 year old independent woman with two beautiful twin little sisters, Maria and Isabel. The world seems to be on her shoulders. Their father never seems to answer his phone, she’s dropped out of University, and she’s forced to take care of her sisters.
After a curse-filled morning, she gets the girls ready and drops them off at their catholic school. As she leaves, she’s immediately got a scurb hanging out of his car trying to talk to her. His name is Rascal, he from a local gang called Tres Sorrows. In the usual way things go, she ignores him, gets called a series of names, and walks on head held high.
Paz gets a really bad headache and faints at work. This medical emergency causes her to be late to get the girls from school. They’re not there, though. A big sister’s worst nightmare. After asking everyone at the school and trying to call this mysterious deadbead dad, Paz still hasn’t found Maria or Isabel.
Walking the streets at night, still searching, Paz runs into Rascal again. His gang is known for kidnapping and selling people, so naturally, Paz is pissed and accuses him of taking her sisters because she refused to ever hook up with him and of course, punches him in the face. Rascal reacts angrily and throws Paz off the bridge, to her death.
Back at Tres Sorrows gang HQ, Rascal accuses the others of breaking their one rule: No stealing and selling people they know. Valiant, right? During the confrontation, someone in the shadows is killing the guys off one by one.
Paz is back, but she’s glowing and her face is a skull. She has become the Fantomah and she wants justice and vengeance.
“There are things that should not rise but will not rest. And when they come in the night, they bring death and madness.”
I read this with a completely blank open mind but so many parts of it called to me. My love for the paranormal and living in a Spanish speaking area, caused me to think of La Llorona. If that’s the inspo behind this, I love it because it’s about time that the weeping woman was given a story where she is a hero rather than a victim or a villian. The second theme in this that spoke to me was Paz’s love and care for her sisters. In my personal life, my mother has Multiple Sclerosis so I have spent several years helping raise my 17 year old sister. Paz’s panic and ruthless disregard for her safety when accusing gang members of taking her sister is something I absolutey identify with. The art itself is breathtakingly beautiful and compliments the story so well. This is definitely one book you can judge by it’s cover. I’m rooting for Paz.