Review: Ghosted #6
It’s been a couples of months since the first arc of Ghosted ended. A lesser indie book would have lost momentum in that time, but Joshua Williamson’s Ghosted just increases it. #6 is a lot of fun and shows this book isn’t a one trick pony.
When a new book starts off with a full team for five issues, splitting them up can be troublesome. We know nothing about their personalities outside the group dynamic. It can bring up weaknesses in the character and plot development. But Jackson Winters split from the Oceans 11-esque group has only show the strength in the character. He’s a unlikable guy that the reader is compelled to root for. Much like the best anti-heroes, his assholery is justified to a degree. Williamson balances some new threads nicely without over bearing on the main plot line. After rereading the first arc, it’s clear Williamson knows who to keep plates spinning well, and not wasting a panel while doing it. It’s a rare thing to see in comics these days. While not seeing the rest of the group is warranted, part of me can’t help but miss them. They brought a lot of humor to the proceedings. Trick picks up the slack a little in #6
Williamson takes the focus off of the ghost hunter plot point and focuses on character development. Considering the focus on spectacle in the first arc, this is a welcomed change. The only thing that felt off in the entire issue is the splash page Trick and Winters getting shot. It’s a big shock that feels hollow a few pages from then. Why have them shot up so much instead of just being shot a few times. Having them come back from near death so quickly would have made more since. The comatose Winters does open up doors to tie back into the first arc nicely, and starting an interesting new thread. Ghosted seems to be going the way of a procedural with Winters handling a new case while his personal threads take up the B-plot line. It reminds me of Buffy (TV show, not comic) in a way. Monster of the week, but there is still plenty of time for characters to grow.
Davide Gianfelice takes over art duties this month. His artwork reminds me of Trevor McCarthy’s in a way. #6 lacks a strong supernatural presence for Gianfelice to pencil, so we will see if he can handle those as well. The quick interchange between Anderson and Winters holds up, if slightly tame. The splash page of Winters and Trick being shot looks great. The pain on Trick’s face is easily felt, and the blood and skin flying makes the reader question for a second if we’ve lost a couple of characters. Speaking of skin flying, the slight brain matter that flies away as Winters kills an assassin was great. I barely noticed it during the first read through.
Ghosted #6 gets 4/5.