JM DeMatteis on what is upcoming for Phantom Stranger, Zauriel’s debut, and projects

by Brendon Lane Carlson
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In an interview with Newsarama, JM DeMatteis talks about what is upcoming for Trinity of Sin:  The Phantom Stranger title including the debut of Zauriel next issue.  The interview seems to reveal connections to the next major story for The Phantom Stranger spinning out of Trinity War including a confrontation with The Question after the Spear of Destiny leading to Phantom Stranger’s current stories in Hell and next issue’s heaven story.

DeMatteis: The Question really is…a question. It’s hard to tell who he is, what his agenda is, because he himself doesn’t know. In many ways, he’s the ultimate embodiment of what I was talking about in response to the previous question: He’s the guy in search of the Big Why…in the universe and in himself.

As part of the Trinity of Sin, he’s got a deep connection to both the Phantom Stranger and Pandora — and let’s not forget that he’s the guy who rammed the Spear of Destiny through the Stranger’s heart and killed him. There’s no love lost between these two, and all of their issues are going to come to a boil in Phantom Stranger #13.

It’s a big, cosmic knockdown drag out between the Stranger and the Question.

Nrama: What other supporting characters will play important roles in the upcoming issues?

DeMatteis: As noted, Zauriel will, over the course of the coming months, be a big part of the series, along with Doctor Thirteen and another character we’ve met briefly, but if I give away his/her identity, I’ll reveal a major story point. We’ll also see more of Nightmare Nurse, a wonderful character that popped out of Dan D.’s fevered imagination, as well as Sin Eater, who will take center stage as the Stranger’s primary antagonist.

Also nothing is revealed about Trinty War, however Phantom Stranger appears to play a major role as well as the war will lead into more with Phantom Stranger:

DeMatteis: I don’t want to give away anything about the Trinity War. I’ve read what Geoff Johns and Jeff Lemire have cooked up, and the last thing I’d want to do is spoil their terrific story in any way.

That said, we all wanted to make sure that the Trinity War issue of Phantom Stranger was a pivotal one. That it wasn’t just a forced crossover story. That it mattered. And it does. It’s a powerful turning point for the Stranger.

I’ll also mention that some things that happen in the Trinity War issue will have major repercussions down the road. We’re launching a major arc with Phantom Stranger #14, and the seeds are planted in the crossover story.


The end of the interview talks about Justice League 3000 recently revealed, his role in this week’s debut of Larfleeze,and a 3rd project not revealed yet”

DeMatteis: I’m having a blast, as I always do, working with Keith on Larfleeze, and we’re getting ready to launch Justice League 3000, which reunites us with our old buddy, Kevin Maguire. We’re all incredibly excited about this new project. Whenever the three of us work together, something magical happens. We’ve been doing this, on and off, for 25 years and the collaboration just gets better with time.

I’ve also got a third project with Keith, but that’s still under wraps, as well.

For the fans already enjoying Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger, it appears the next issues and next arc will not disappoint at all, and it may even attract more readers to this good title with his role in Trinity War including possibly showing the fate of the fallen hero that leads to the War.

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Source: Newsarama

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