COMIC REVIEW: Five Ghosts #10

Five Ghosts 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 wants most.

Writer Frank Barbiere is joined again by regular series artist Chris Mooneyham as the second arc gets further underway with more pirates, more action, and more ghosts. This issue also continues the Doc Unknown backups by Fabian Rangel, Jr. and Ryan Cody, another great pulp story. This issue also features a one-page short by Chris Hunt about his character Carver

“LOST COASTLINES,” Part Four

The Island of Dreams.

As if Five Ghosts wasn’t already chock full of literary allusions, it now dips heavily into references to The Tempest, making it all the best. Barbiere changes things up a bit by getting away from the usually linear timeline of the issues and sprinkling multiple flashbacks into this one. The interesting addition of the Dream Stones interacting quite violently with one another adds another level of mystery and intrigue to the glowing stones that give Fabian Gray his extraordinary abilities.

Mooneyham continues to kill it on art. The art is perfect for the story, capturing all the pulp sensibilities and action, while also making the softer, quieter moments very human. Mooneyham comes together with colorist Lauren Affe to deliver another set of gorgeous pages and what may just be the most beautiful cover of the series.

As always, Five Ghosts impresses. It’s a consistent quality read, and the addition of two great backups makes this truly one of the best buys in comics right now. The literary allusions make any literature buff happy, but aren’t so deep that the average reader can’t appreciate the story.

Rating: 5/5

Reviewer: Leo Johnson

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