COMIC REVIEW: Ghost #6 (Dark Horse)

Artist Jenny Frison serves up another luscious cover to Issue No. 6 of Dark Horse’s re-vamped Ghost.

This time around, the maniacally twisted Von Ghastly, television host from Hell, finds himself all tied up beneath the chains of the brooding heroine of writer and penciller pair Christopher Sebela and Jan Duursema.

In the fourth re-boot to the franchise about the avenging specter of murdered reporter Elisa Cameron, Sebela (Captain Marvel, Sex Criminals, Shadowman) helms the issue which continues on an action-packed ride following the angsty exploits of Ghost. Filled with ruminating villains alongside the comic’s equally brooding heroine, artist Jan Duursema, whose other work includes Dungeons & Dragons Classics, Star Wars, and X-Factor pencils a mixture that feels like a cross between an Old-school horror rag and the action flavor of a late eighties-style trade-back.

Von Ghastly, the prime-time villain opens the Issue with the proverbial bad-guy tell-all, describing his motivations and of course—ultimate goals and source of power.

Undeterred, and finding renewed interest in her will to live, or un-live as her case may be, Ghost, or Alyssa as the new title her roommate Sloane has bequeathed her with struggles to listen and outfox the provincial Von Ghastly in his own private otherworldly domain where Alyssa’s supernatural talent for phasing has been hijacked.

To the rescue, Ghost’s other roommate, paranormal detective Tommy comes to Elisa’s aid. Having investigated his own bit of information on the Von Ghastly network the pair takes on his mad minions and attempts to escape the clutches of the inter-dimensional cult.

Meanwhile, the mysterious fully tattooed stalker who has been following Ghost for the past few issues draws nearer his prey, leaving sparse clues as to his ultimate goals concerning the otherworldly heroine.

It’s another fast moving ride through a bleak world where Elisa’s ghostly presence is the brightest light in the darkness, a darkness ably inked by Dan Parsons (Star Wars). Don’t expect too much underlying tonal currents in the issue, but then again, don’t be disappointed by that either. It’s another slick, polished prime-time crime-like drama Issue that carries you along its course and doesn’t expect you to look too closely out the window—there’s too much going on in the seat next to you to anyways.

Rating: 3/5
GS Blogger: Jesse B

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