Phantom Four: Children of the Grave
Outskirts Press (2010)
Reviewed by Tracey Rock for Reader Views (10/10)
Twenty years after their death, four brothers take to the streets of New York City to help in the fight against crime. They have no memory of their past or even how they died. As they slowly learn to adjust to their new life-after-death state, they find that they each were given an element of the earth: light, electricity, fire and ice. The Phantom Four, as they are now called by the citizens of the city, soon discover that they are fighting more than just the evils of man but of the evils of the devil himself.
I liked the premise of “Phantom Four: Children of the Grave.” Reading about superheroes is always fun. I will add though that having the Savior (spiritual being in Heaven) and the Devil (representation of all evil) as fictional characters in the story made me feel a bit uneasy. As much as I didn’t like the swearing, perversion and violence, I do admit that the book held my interest. It was entertaining and the flow of the story went well. I will add though, it felt like the author held back in developing the main characters. As a reader, this limited my ability to have that connection with them throughout the storyline. Without this connection, I would question my need to want to read a second book.