COMIC REVIEW: Five Ghosts #7

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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 once again by regular series artist Chris Mooneyham as the second arc begins. This issue also begins the Doc Unknown backups by Fabian Rangel, Jr. and Ryan Cody.

“LOST COASTLINES,” Part One

An all-new pulp adventure begins here! Fabian Gray deals with pirates, sharks, thieves, and more as he journeys in search for a new Dreamstone. A powerful pirate lord is approached by dark forces, setting Fabian’s all-new adventure in motion.

Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham once again take Fabian on what is sure to be a perilous adventure, but one that’s a joy to read. Barbiere seeds the current arc well, bringing one of Fabian’s many old flames back while also setting up the conflict with the mysterious foes from last arc and the new pirate foes. It will be interesting to see what form the newest Dreamstone will take.

Mooneyham, as always, absolutely makes the book his own. The art is perfect for the story, capturing all the pulp sensibilities and action, while also making the softer, quieter moments very human. Colorist Lauren Affe and her colors make the book a complete next-level project. The warm tones for the sea and coastal scenes give the new setting a very different feel from the drab, demure colors used back in England.

Five Ghosts continues to be a definite buy. It’s one of the best books of the last year, in my opinion, and shows no signs of stopping. The added bonus of the Doc Unknown backups in this arc make this the only book where you can get two top-notch pulp adventure stories for this price.

From Image Comics.

 

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Leo Johnson

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