Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Goran Sudzuka Colorist: Miroslav Mrva Letters: Rus Wooton
Publisher & Release Date: Image Comics – September 11th, 2013
Just a bit of gallows humor…
GHOSTED is one of my favorite new comics this year. Yeah, it’s really that simple. But the reason why GHOSTED is such a great read each issue is due in large part to some great art and Williamson’s ability to tell a great haunted house story mixed with a heist story–and, well, throwing in all kinds of other twists in there too. To make it a little more simple, this is just a great story that mashes some genres together for a satisfying read each and every time. GHOSTED is just awesome.
Truly, part of what makes the series so enjoyable is the successful blending of genres happening in these pages. Williamson and Sudzuka have successfully built a world where the genres fit together seamlessly, blending the noirish elements of the heist thriller with the sensibilities of Poltergeist exceptionally well, with nary a hiccup in sight. Moreover, there’s a lot going on in these pages, with several different storylines seemingly at play at each moment, with all of them quickly capturing your attention and begging you to turn the page.
What also proves to be a treat is the way that Williamson reveals the skills of each member of the team slowly, with each issue providing a showcase for one member to show their stuff. This time, we get to see some magic worked. Yet beyond this, it becomes more clear this issue that Williamson and Sudzuka definitely have a long-term, grand plan in place for the book, and there’s hints as to what that could be here without giving too much away. There’s also the fact that there’s hidden clues and easter eggs seemingly all over the place, so eagle-eyed readers who really want to get into the mythology have an added bonus beyond simply reading everything on the surface, which adds to the fun.
But most importantly, even as blood is spilled and the stakes are raised, the characters continue to be interesting and grow more interesting as we learn more about them. After all, if we didn’t care about any of them, what would be the point? Sure, many of them are deeply flawed, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s fun to see them put through the wringer and see whether they come out on the other end.
Sudzuka continues to lend the perfect art to the series, managing to capture the horror/heist combo vibe perfectly each time out. His work continues to shine as he jumps from setting to setting without a problem, going from haunted house to mansion in the dark, to well…I won’t spoil it. There’s an ever-present sense of dread within the art that constantly reminds you that things go bad really quickly and there’s some great splash pages that really jump out at you. Mrva’s colors really bring it all together, too, bathing so much of the world in shadows and adding to the dark and creepy atmosphere of the book overall. And man, do those ghosts look cool.
If you’re not reading GHOSTED, I’m not sure what’s wrong with you. Some may be turned off by the horror aspects, but even if you’re not a fan of horror, there’s so much more to this book that ignoring it is a foolish mistake. With some fantastic, mood-setting art and a well-written storyline with a number of intriguing mysteries and compelling characters, GHOSTED is a book you should be anxiously awaiting each and every month. I certainly do.