There is a methodical framework that is generally adhered to when establishing heist oriented storylines, but this systematic form of procedure usually breeds predictability in the narrative. In Joshua Williamson’s “Ghosted”, he incorporates themes of supernatural-horror to challenge this formula-bound genre, and manages to deliver a little unconventionality in what is a predominantly rigid design.
WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson
ART BY: Goran Sudzuka
PUBLISHER: Image Comics / Skybound Comics
RELEASE: August 14, 2013
Typically, heist storylines give focus to the impeding forces and unexpected problems that pose a threat to the mission objective. But when the operation involves capturing and stealing a ghost from an infamous haunted mansion, the inevitable interferences are much more sinister, and virtually difficult to prepare for. The general assumption is that Williamson’s cast of characters are going to be put through the supernatural wringer as the series progresses, ultimately falling prey to the very location they are trying to infiltrate. Descriptively, they are the greatest team of paranormal experts in the world. But whether or not they can live up to their diverse talents and work together in order to successfully accomplish their ambitious goal, that is still to be determined.
In “Ghosted” #2, Williamson spends more time introducing protagonist Jackson T. Winters’ team, and essentially validates their role in the heist. By providing just enough character details, withholding information about the job, and alluding to potential ulterior motives, Williamson succeeds in preserving the mysterious nature of the story. It has only just been announced that “Ghosted” has moved from a mini-series to an on-going, so the narrative is most likely going to progress at a slow and steady pace, without revealing too much too soon.
That said, the author has a keen sense of timing and an authentic feel for dramatic composition. He allows the story to lull readers into a relaxed state, then swiftly, with the help of series artist Goran Sudzuka, deliver some fantastically eerie moments that command the immediate attention of the audience. Both Williamson and Sudzuka give readers a taste of the supernatural horrors the Trask Mansion has to offer, delving into the history of the deceased family, and presenting some creepy imagery to do so. They are doing a commendable job establishing the haunted house as a significant character in the series, as opposed to just a backdrop for illegal activity; and demonstrate that the mansion’s nefarious role will only grow more volatile as the story progresses.
Sudzuka shows his most expressive work when illustrating the highly distinguishable faces of each individual character. His knack for capturing an array of different emotions through perfectly rendered facial expressions makes it possible for readers to genuinely experience the tone of the scene. He incorporates a lot of detail in the construction of the Trask Mansion, effectively depicting its abandoned and unlived in environment. There is nothing confusing about his visual storytelling. He is as descriptive and revealing with events as he is with characters. Somewhat on the fence about his take on ghosts and spirits though.
Overall, “Ghosted” #2 is a fun book that plays into the main elements of the heist genre, but brings something different to the table as well. The twist on the last page will solidify reader investment in the series. If Williamson and Sudzuka end each chapter as epically as they did the first two, readers are in for an awesome treat.
Reviewed by – ShadowJayd