Ghosted: Try Something New, Won’t You? (REVIEW)
Let’s face it. We don’t like going out of our comfort zones. There’s a reason why Wolverine has been on every team in the Marvel universe and why I’ve lost count of the Bat-Family books. That being said, every week, great comic books get overlooked as we stick with our personal favorites. My mission, from here forward, is to shed light on those mysterious books you and I overlook, or are too chicken to try. Before I get started on this month’s book, I’ll set some ground rules for myself. Since this is a journey you and I will be taking together, I will only review books that have no more than 10 issues. This is to ensure minimal financial investment, while still getting a good feel of the book itself. In addition, I am open to suggestions. If there is something that piques your interest, but you don’t want to take the dive, I’ll be your guinea pig.
My first foray into the unknown is an Image comic by the name of Ghosted. I first heard about Ghosted while waiting in line for 3D covers during DC’s Villains Month. What piqued my interest was how it was described to me: Ocean’s Eleven meets Ghost Adventures. Needless to say, I immediately picked up the three issues that were out. Had I seen the cover to issue #1 first, I would have most likely bought it anyway. It has what I can only describe as a psychedelic ghost rainbow sprouting from a haunted mansion. With high hopes, I flew through what I had, and boy was I impressed.
The setup is intriguing. Retired master thief Jackson Winters is broken out of jail under the order of a shady millionaire collector who wants him to steal the one thing missing from his collection: a ghost. Winters has kind of a Don Draper, old-school cool feel to him, but is the typical haunted (pun intended) anti-hero. He gets to choose his own crew for the heist (staying true to the Ocean’s Eleven comparison I was given). And, without giving away too much, you do get to see your first ghost by the end of the first issue.
Overall, Ghosted’s first three issues impressed me, but in a way I would have never thought they would. The writing is great, although some of it comes off gritty for the sake of being gritty. The penciling reminds me of John Romita Jr., but the colors are what makes this book standout. I never thought that the colorist would be the star of the book, but every page is a brilliant splash of color, something that my words here can’t do justice.
The verdict: Ghosted offers a good adult alternative to the superhero stories we all know and love. It’s a good book to put you in the Halloween mood, and will be a welcome addition to my pull list, and yours too.