Advance Review: Ghosted #2
Ghosted stood out amongst the ever increasing publishing line of Image last month, and I was excited for #2. Did it hold onto its momentum? Or did it evaporate like a ghost? It’s most definitely the first, and it’s a great read.
A few of the problems I had with #1 are solved this time around. In #1, it seemed that the characters were just thrown into the situation. In #2, Joshua Williamson fleshes out each character rather nicely. Each is given a small plot thread going forward, while not bogging down the main narrative. And all of them have potential. Williamson slyly adds a love interest or two, but that’s natural with this type of team. Each is given a specific reason to be there, and is shown why they are valuable. Its great writing. I like that Jackson almost takes a back seat this month, as it leaves more times for the side characters. The humor is toned down slightly this week, and it might be the only problem I have with the title. I liked the added humor, and it kept the Oceans 11 atmosphere. But not every issue can by hysterical, which make this a very small issue in an otherwise awesome issue.
There is a big plot development late in the game, and I didn’t expect to have Williamson show us this type of reveal this early. It’s like he’s giving us a big bite of the carrot, and then smacks us in the face with the stick. A small thing that Williamson does is add the police as a potential threat. Too often in heist comics/movies, the police/security are morons and are easy to evade. While this is a story about stealing a ghost, this grounds the comic in a way. The group doesn’t just have ghosts to be worrying about.
Goran Sudzuka’s artwork continues to shine. Between his pencils, and Miroslav Mrva’s colors, it reminds me of Dave Johnson a little. Sudzuka’s artwork has a lightly cartoony look in the faces, as the crazy people have awesome expressions. This somewhat echoes the feel of the title, as it’s full of people being serious about stealing something stupid. Small, but I enjoyed the addition of it. Sudzuka’s artwork jumps between grounded reality and an crazy alternate reality well. This will be key when the team starts getting deeper into the mystery of the house. Mrva’s colors are down to Earth, but Mrva knows when to kick it up a notch for the other worldly scene. It took me a second to realize that Trick’s face and head had been split, as the coloring is so light.
Ghosted is a surprise hit for me. I had no interest in the series and picked it up on a whim. Now it’s one of my favorite Image titles.
Ghosted #2 gets 4.5/5.