In Ghosted #3 Jackson Winters and his band of thieves have finally set off on their mission: to steal a ghost for wierdo millionaire Markus Schrecken. Things don’t go as planned, however, and all they get is buckets of blood instead.
Here’s the official word from Image:
At dusk, murderers rise from the shadows of the Trask mansion… can Jackson T. Winters and his crew steal a ghost before night falls?
We’ve seen this premise before — a shadowy benefactor gathers a group of thieves and asks them to steal something precious for him. What makes writer Joshua Williamson’s take on this old trope unique is that the coveted item is a ghost. The first two issues of Ghosted were mostly about setting up the characters, and establishing the stakes and so issue #3 offers a welcome dose of action — Jackson Winters and his crew has devised a plan to capture the ghost and they enter Trask Mansion ready for a fight. The plan centers around an old Voodoo mask that can act as a supernatural totem, but they need to steal it first — this pre-mission results in one of the best scenes of the book and Williamson should be applauded for how he leverages his characters here.
Overall, this is the most enjoyable of the last three issues and offers one of the creepiest scenes to date as Winters finally confronts one of the ghosts of Trask Mansion. In some ways, however, this dope scene highlights one of the my overall frustrations with Ghosted — in a title where the scales should be equal crime-noir and horror-story, crime-noir always wins. We get a lot of tough guys, but not enough eerie suspense.
Sean Phillips illustrates the cover, while Goran Sudzuka provides the interior art. Phillips, of course, has re-defined the comic-noir style which might explain why Sudzuka is trying to show him up. Sudzuka goes mad with angular characters, gritty city-scapes, and tons of cigarette smoke, but his real strength is Voodoo masks and dead girls floating down the hallways. Too bad the script doesn’t give him more of that.
Ghosted #3 is the best read of the series, but if you’re looking more horror in your crime, it doesn’t quite deliver. At least yet.