Dynamite's The Last Phantom is not very good.
This rant contains SPOILERS.
Scribe Scott Beatty was no doubt charged with creating a "new take" on the Ghost-Who-Walks for a "new generation" of readers or some such. And things start out pretty decently in that direction, too. We are introduced to a new take on Kit ("Kitteridge") Walker, a man who helps the African nation of "Bengali" through fundraising and awareness. His wife is an African doctor, and their son, Mobi, helps her as she gives medical aid to remote villages. We also see that one of his colleagues and confidants is conspiring against him, and makes his move to eliminate Kit.
And then everything comes off the rails. In short order, Kit's family is murdered by mercenaries in invisible tech-suits (it's subtly implied that his wife is raped for good measure), and Kit's plane is blown up with a bomb, with him thought dead in the jungle. And so he puts on a loincloth, pulls out twin automatics, and, yes, covers himself in blood to set out to get revenge.
Where do I begin? Why bother to introduce such an intriguing familial setup, ripe with potential, just to throw it all away? Why make the Phantom just another wronged hero out for revenge? Did we really need to rape his wife to drive home how nasty these guys are? What kind of Phantom would protect his land through raising money and foresake his ancestry? What the hell is up with wearing BLOOD as a costume?! The list of queries goes on and on.
This is especially frustrating in light of the way that Moonstone has handled the character for the last several years, which built upon what Lee Falk had created, but still managed to be modern and timely -- without going completely bonkers like this comic does. The Phantom is not a blood-soaked (literally!) avenger. He is the protector and defender of the jungles, of his people, and of his family. After reading this last night, I told my wife that I'm done with Phantom comics once the last few Moonstone issues come out... at least until we get some version of the Ghost-Who-Walks which is recognizable as such. What a waste.