COMIC REVIEW: Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #5

FiveGhosts_5_CoverFive Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray follows Fabian Gray, infamous thief and treasure hunter. As part of an incident with an item known as the “Dreamstone”, Fabian is now “haunted” by five literary ghosts: The Archer, The Detective, The Vampire, The Wizard, and The Samurai. Borrowing their powers, he steals the unstealable, but he still can’t get back the thing he most wants. The story from Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham ends its first arc, as it heads into becoming an ongoing series later in the year.

As the first arc comes to a close, Fabian must deal with a final test from The Vampire. Amidst the test comes a revelation about Fabian’s sister Silvia. Gaining mastery of his ghosts, Fabian must fight Iago in a final battle, one that decides their fates. With a new lease on life and a new purpose, Fabian looks to the future, while a shadowy conspiracy looks to harm Fabian.

Frank Barbiere has written one of Image’s newest hits. His use of literary allusions, pulp styles, and just a dash of supernatural has made Five Ghosts something special. Because of that, it’s no wonder that Five Ghosts is expanding into an ongoing series. While the issue felt just a tad bit too quickly paced, it was meant to both bring one story of Fabian’s to a close and set up another, quite a lot for any book. It should be interesting to see what other literary works Barbiere dips into as Fabian’s journey continues.

Chris Mooneyham’s art is perfect for the story. He captures the action and movement of the characters well, while his attention to expressions is great. The amount of emotion and terror that he’s able to put into the look of characters is phenomenal, especially as evidenced on the title page of this issue. The colors from Lauren Affe help to set the book apart visually, making it a unique read each time.

Five Ghosts is a great example of how Image is becoming THE place to make comics. It’s original, engrossing, and very well put together. Barbiere and Mooneyham have created something that will be talked about for years to come.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Leo Johnson

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