Review: Ghosted #1


ghosted-1-williamson-sudzuka-mrva-coverI am not a big fan of horror. Never have been. So for a horror title to grab my attention, it really needs to set itself apart. That’s what Ghosted did, and turned out to be the most enjoyable read for the week.

Joshua Williamson jumps right into the plot.  Ghosted is a good first issue.  We gain a lot of info about our main character, Jackson T. Winters, and what he is about.  He’s got a cold sense of humor that works in the bleak story.  Williamson doesn’t waste any time in getting our main character to the heart of the book, which is Oceans 11 meets Ghost Hunters.   A lot of characters are thrown at the reader, and it’s both a good and bad thing.  I would have liked to spend more time with Jackson and get to know him before we see him interact with all of these characters.  But at the same time, the band of merry men he is forced to team up with is equally fun and interesting.   Instead of jumping right into the problem by the end of the issue, it might have been better to end with the group getting into the house instead of finding their first problem.  It would have given a few pages to expand on characters and let us know them.  But the issue is very fun overall, so it’s not something that brings the issue down.  The tone is what sets it apart from other horror books.  The reader is shows the side of Jackson and the others, who don’t seem to completely believe in ghosts.  It keeps the reader on their toes.

The dialogue was very strong.  Williamson jumps between serious drama and black comedy effectively.  The prison scene paints a bad world that sets up a few great quips from Jackson.  The first page, which has one line of inner dialogue, speaks pages of who Jackson is.  He’s a guy who is down on his luck, but hasn’t lost his grip on reality.  Williamson has to go through the typical exposition of characters and Jackson’s past, which hits the breaks in the momentum department.  The typical “con man who gave up the game due to a bad job” pops its head up, but isn’t mentioned again.  I’m sure it will play a part in the shaping of Jackson, but why can’t we have a con man that got caught?  Maybe he’s in prison because the rest of his team gave him up to the cops. Then he has to learn to love again…..or something like that.  Either way, Jackson is an interesting character, and I look forward to learning more about him in the coming months.

Goran Sudzuka’s art reminds me of Luke Ross’s art on Secret Avenger, but better.  Characters are very expressive, and all the talking head scenes look great.  There is an incredible amount of detail in every page.  The one action scene jumps out at the reader, and makes them feel what is going through Jackson’s mind.  Once the ghosts finally appear, they look damn creepy.  Their look seems to be part demon and part ghost.  Each character has a distinct look.  That may seem like common sense, but too often a new book has everyone looking similar.  This makes it impossible to tell them apart once the panel zooms out.  Miroslav Mrva’s colors are down to Earth for this ghostly book.

Ghosted #1 had a problem or two, but the series has a lot of potential.  I’m already looking forward to issue #2.

Ghosted #1 gets 4/5.

Side Note:  I bought Ghosted #1 directly from Image, on the first day of their new program.  I downloaded a PDF version, and downloaded it from a few computers.  It’s not as convenient as comiXology, but I like having ALL of my money go to the creators instead of giving 30% to Apple and a part to comiXology (no offense to them, as they created a great app).

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