Is Pandora's quest to institute the old DCU? If so, I'm one of the few that hope she fails!
He is and it wasn't much help. Although it did mention that he once became close to the mortal Bruce Gordon, the human half of Eclipso. And since Eclipso is appearing in several DC Comics right now, maybe their friendship will come into play? But probably not. This is The New 52! Forget the old rules! Everything is new now! Not because anything is really new but because DC said it was new so that they can erase some aspects of their characters' histories to keep from paying royalties to writers they hate. But that's just a cynical theory! I believe DC's main goal in creating The New 52 was to make the fans happy!
Pandora begins the issue by confronting The Phantom Stranger at his kids' soccer game. She accuses him of living a lie. She sticks a gun in his face. And then she asks him for help. Well, that's how I normally go about asking for a favor. Although I've never asked a favor from mankind's collective unconscious, so perhaps the gun in the face and the accusations are the best way to go about it.
So if The Phantom Stranger doesn't help Pandora find someone to crack her box, she's going to break up The Phantom Stranger's sham marriage. What is this? Invitation to Love?
After dealing with Belial, The Stranger receives a phone call from someone named Terrence Thirteen.
Remember this guy's ancestor from All Star Western?
But then this is the comic book world where reality is a bit different. To believe in ghosts and curses and gods and super powers in this world makes you, at least, a bit credulous and, at most, a complete fool, it's exactly the opposite in the world of comics. The evidence of the supernatural and paranormal is everywhere in the DCnU and to take Mister Terrific's and Terrence Thirteen's stance of disbelief is to completely ignore all of that evidence. But that was the old Terrence Thirteen! This Terrence Thirteen has a reason to track all of the supernatural and paranormal phenomena in the world. Because the curse apparently worked!
Now this is the way to world build!
The Haunted Highwayman gets the better of The Phantom Stranger and strings him up in a noose when the scene ends. But I have a feeling that since The Stranger already died once that way, he's kind of over it. He'll be okay next issue! Right? His name is on the cover!
The final page shows that Jim Corrigan is looking for The Phantom Stranger. That job by the Phantom Stranger was probably a big mistake. You don't betray a guy into becoming the Spirit of Vengeance! That just seems like a really stupid move.
The Phantom Stranger #2 Rating: +1 Ranking. Other than the art, I'm enjoying this comic book. I might not be remembering this correctly but I think the art reminds me of The Specter's comic book run by John Ostrander. The one with the glow in the dark issue #1! I'm not a fan of the style.