I read a lot of comic books, but not all of them are able to grab and hold my attention. I can honestly say that Ghosted, a supernatural and horror comic series published by Image Comics, is not one of those comics. Thanks to Joshua Williamson, writer, I became an instant feign within the first few pages.
Jackson T. Winters, a criminal mastermind, was retrieved from prison during a staged riot. Markus Schrecken, a wealthy collector of supernatural artifacts, has commissioned Winters to steal a ghost from the haunted Trask Mansion for his collection.
Winters accepts the job, but on his terms. He gets to select his own team, a 50s style tailor-made suit, and a Russian prostitute that doesn’t even have to be Russian. Although she was Schrecken’s choice, and not Winters, psychic Edzia Rusnak is a part of Winters team of paranormal experts. Winters don’t trust her, and I don’t trust her either.
Williamson did a phenomenal job with the set-up of this story. Excellent script. The plan (well, we really don’t know how they’re going to capture a ghost yet), key players, everything. All laid out for us in the first issue. Now that’s what I call a writing mastermind. Perfect timing. Wonderful cast of characters, each with distinct personalities. Fast-paced but not hard to follow. Ghosted is action-packed from page one, a feature you don’t see too often in comic books.
Goran Sudzuka (artist) and Miroslav Mrva (colorist) provided the visuals. Since I am a horror and paranormal fan, I appreciate Sudzuka and Mrva’s stunning artwork to the max. It gives that eerie feeling that’s needed for a story of this genre. I am a hardcore paranormal fan so I especially like the swarm of ghosts at the end. Magnificent.
I read a variety of comic books, both mainstream and indie comics. There is no doubt that I am going to continue with the series, as I am already craving the next issue. I plan to purchase the rest of the first arc, then buy volume 2 (issues 6-10). According to Image’s website, the release date for issue #11 is July 9, 2014.
In case you can’t find all the single issues, or collected volumes at your local comic shop, you can purchase and read them on Comixology. That’s how I read this issue. I love the guided view.
VERDICT (drum roll please)
Ghosted is a must-read indie comic. I strongly recommend this title. This issue receives 5/5 stars.