Phantom Jack

September 26, 2005 | Trades


Phantom Jack
Mike San Giacomo, Mitchell Brietweiser
Speakeasy Comics
$22.50 (Paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

There’s just nothing like having someone who can talk the talk, walk the walk.
Phantom Jack, the baby of longtime Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter and comic book columnist Mike San Giacomo, is — appropriately enough — about a reporter named Jack Baxter.
Jack’s an award-winning columnist and investigative journalist — one with a secret. His ability to break the big stories is often due to the fact he can turn invisible.
The plot of Phantom Jack takes many twists and turns from the streets of New York to the alleys of Baghdad and is a generally enjoyable read.
The really great part of this book is how well San Giacomo nails the ambiance and characters that make up a newsroom and the motivations of a member of the oft-maligned media.
Phantom Jack is smart and slick and as good a debut book as you’re likely to find.

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