Ghosted #1-2

I don’t like horror, and I don’t much like caper comics (since in comics, the capers are often strung out, never actually completing in anything like the fast pace they should), but this combination of the genres is off to a strong start due to the cast.

Ghosted #1 cover

We meet Jackson Winters in prison, where he’s busted out by a tough blonde wearing black and ammo. (You see her on the cover of Ghosted #2.) Anderson Lake has been sent to collect him for a crazy rich man (there aren’t any other kind in comics, right?) who wants him to steal a ghost from a legendary haunted mansion that’s about to be torn down.

Winters assembles a crew of an urban skeptic, a washed-up stage magician, ghost-filming brothers, and a psychic medium. Goran Sudzuka’s figures are edgily attractive, well-suited for a story about existence beyond the fringes (both criminally and metaphysically). They’re also very expressive, in a world full of detailed creepiness. He looks to be using a kind of crayon or charcoal shading that’s a great choice for textured shadows.

Ghosted #2 cover

Ghosted #1 only introduces the premise and characters, so it’s in the second issue that we start getting to know the cast, several of whom seem to have their own hidden motives. So far, Joshua Williamson demonstrates a great sense of human nature and how to exploit it, which makes his cast, most of whom are con artists of one sense or another, plausible. His pacing is also immensely suspenseful.

Just so you know, it appears that the series is taking the approach that ghosts and other supernatural phenomena could be real. If you want a Scooby-Doo-style takedown establishing that it’s all a con, you might not care for the series. But for those of us looking for a twisty, spooky adventure, this looks very promising.

4 Responses to “Ghosted #1-2”

  1. Argo Plummer Says:

    I picked up #1 on a whim and really enjoyed it. I ordered # 2 and it should be here in a week or two and am really looking forward to it! Image is really hitting it out of the park these days. If it weren’t for them (and some of the DC Digital First titles) I would be completely off the monthly format, but Image has some titles that are good enough for me to continue to pick up month to month.

  2. Good Comics at the Comic Shop November 6 » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] been enjoyed reading Ghosted, a comic series about a con man investigating a haunted mansion by Joshua Williamson and Goran […]

  3. Good Comics at the Comic Shop December 4 » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] The first collection of Ghosted (Image Comics, $9.99) is out at a bargain price. The story combines a crime caper with supernatural violence and plenty of double-crosses as Jackson Winters is busted from prison to capture a ghost for a crazy rich man. It was the cast, a mixed group of skeptics and lowlifes, con artists and mystics, that most interested me. […]

  4. Good Comics at the Comic Shop July 9 » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] Ghosted (Image Comics, $2.99) continues with issue #11, a look into the history of Anderson, the tough blonde who’s currently a ghost. We find out, in this story by Joshua Williamson and Goran Sudzuka, how she came to be hired by Markus Schrecken, the rich ghost collector of the first storyline, and how she loves killing people. This is a breather before the next story arc, and although it’s grim, I still like the series because the grimness serves a purpose beyond shock or trying to prove the reader’s age. And Sudzuka’s art is very nice, particularly the pencil texturing during the ghost scenes. […]




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