Ghosted #2 (Image)


Rating: 4/5 – Ghosts, A Haunted Mansion, and Great Characters…

After hearing some good things about Ghosted #1 I decided to give the second issue a try.  I’m glad I did.  I think this series has a great premise; a rich collector of the occult desires something that hasn’t been collected before…an actual ghost.  In issue one of this series, we saw the group of “ghost hunters” being put together.  In this second issue, the characters are fleshed out a bit more, and we start to see what it’s like inside of the Trask Mansion that they intend to steal the ghost from.  The opening page gives us a glimpse into the Trask family and a few of the horrors that occurred within the mansion, opening up a world of storytelling possibilities.

From that great opening we follow the team, which includes the main character Jackson Winters, as well as the obligatory sceptic, a con-man, two TV show inspired ghost hunters, a medium, and the female “muscle” into the mansion.  Not only do we get to see the characters interact, but we also see the Mansion itself become a character as well.  From moving paintings to hidden rooms, you can tell that the mansion itself will be just as important as the characters and ghosts involved.  Writer Joshua Williamson who’s most recent work has been seen on the Uncharted comic is telling a captivating story with believable characters.  Although we’re only two issues in, he’s established the main players involved while also providing the reader with just enough ideas and concepts to keep it from being something we’ve seen too many times before.

Artist Goran Sudzuka is a perfect choice for this book.  Although his characters are drawn well, it’s his work on the mansion itself that’s most impressive.  Whether it’s the dust and spiderwebs covering the walls and furniture, or the little gravestones that peek out from the overgrown grass in the courtyard, it’s all the little things that make the difference and provide the books rich atmosphere.  My only complaint with Goran’s art is the way he draws the ghost.  It just didn’t look as though it fit with the rest of the book’s look.  The line work was much thicker than the rest of the art which made it look out of place.

I’m interested to see more of the characters, and especially more of the mansion and it’s previous owners explored further.  Image continues to put out some great new series, and this one is no exception.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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