GHOST #1 Review

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Will this supernatural series survive yet another #1?  Should you even care?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Dark Horse:

Ghost, the hero trapped between two worlds, fights to protect Chicago from extradimensional demons disguised as humans. When a familiar stranger destroys an el train, Ghost makes a deal with a devil for the chance to uncover her own mysterious past. The perfect issue to join this action-packed superhero title!

Ghost 1_CI’m not going to lie, the concept of this franchise peaked my interest years ago with its unique take on reality.  A woman trapped between realms with part of her here and the other elsewhere, but still set up to be a savior of sorts in a city full of demonic corruption. And to the creative team’s credit they capitalize on that while slowly but surely crafting a bold direction that’s going to excite fans.

Kelly Sue DeConnick and her colleague Chris Sebela pen the entry, as the stellar authors continues their stint with the franchise.  From the first page to the final panel there’s a lot to love here, but chief among the gems is the dialogue itself.  The scribes nail a correct verbal cadence that sells the authenticity of emotional nuances while building up the tension within this intrepid group of heroes.  There are some shortcomings, as several plot points came off as a bit too predictable to the point that I was taken a wee bit out of the experience.  But truth be told these instances were few and far between.

The art by Ryan Sook fits the text in ways that nearly touch perfection.  From the backgrounds to the characters themselves, the pencil strokes lavishly detail a world that’s just begging for exploration.  And that right there works in favor of this potent yarn, as this talent proves the versatility of a primary that can use abilities to say, trap a demon between the layers of a building.  In short: the picture are pretty and more than worthwhile.

Ghost #1 is an action packed and thought provoking continuation that easily deserves to make a timely appearance on your pull-list.  Recommended.



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