COMIC REVIEW: Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #3

FiveGhost3CoverIn Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray the titular Fabian Gray must deal with his demons, figurative, literal, and literary. Fabian has been possessed by the “ghosts” of five literary figures: The Archer, The Vampire, The Samurai, The Wizard, and The Detective. In the five-part miniseries by Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham, Fabian must face his demons and figure out what is wrong with his ghosts.

Fabian is whisked away in a zeppelin to the lost city of Shangri-La as part Zhang Guo’s plan to rescue him. Zhang Guo tells Fabian about the origins of their powers and about Dreaming. He has a means to heal Fabian, but Iago shows up as Fabian is out of commission.

Frank Barbiere’s story brings forth a hero like no other. Embodying various literary heroes while also using their powers for his own purposes, Fabian is a breath of fresh air. The various literary allusions and coupled with top notch story make this comic something special.

Mooneyham’s art is great for this book. It’s pulp-like feel fits the story perfectly. He can draw anything from giant dragons to fight scenes to zeppelins and make it all look great. The assistance of S.M. Viduarri on colors helps to really make the visuals stand out and really help bring the whole package together.

This is another great issue in a, so far, stellar story. If the next three issues can keep up this momentum, then this will surely be one of the best books of the year.

Rating: 5/5

Reporter: Leo Johnson

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