Review: ‘Ghost’ #1

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Demons, ghosts, possessions, and a lady in white. It sounds a little silly to me, but it seems be the premise of “Ghost” #1, the latest revival from Dark Horse Comics. Judging by the pedigree of creators on this book, this character must have been quite impressive back in the day. Will this revived title make it worthwhile? Read on and find out, true believers.

WRITTEN BY: Kelly Sue DeConnick and Chris Sebela
ART BY: Ryan Sook
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: 18 December 2013

I will confess that I know nothing about this series’ previous incarnations. I recall the covers from back in the day with another well-endowed woman but that is about it. It seems like a lot needs to be explained before the story begins. Eleven lines of exposition before starting the story are how the issue opens. As the action hits the readers, I’m reminded of TV shows that hunt monsters like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grimm, and Supernatural. All the action comes and goes in the start and ending of the issue, with quieter moments filling the middle.

It seems our Ghost has somewhat of her own Scooby Squad helping her hunt down her targets. Fan favorite writer Kelly Sue DeConnick teams up with Chris Sebela to establish what Ghost girl Elisa is setting out to do. Artist Ryan Sook always delivers exceptional artwork and does so here. I’ve always been impressed by Sook’s smooth art no matter what he’s drawing. If he sticks around, I’ll follow. His demons are nice and disturbingly gross to watch inhabit people. I’m hoping he gets more to draw then sneaking into offices in future issues.

Elisa goes searching for answers about her past and stumbles upon an unexpected encounter and opportunity. What she ends up finding should lead to something more intriguing down the line. I found this premier issue a little ho-hum for a first chapter. I’ll try getting haunted by “Ghost” at least one more time before passing a final judgement. With the pedigree of creators on this book, I’ve got high expectations for something more substantial coming soon.

2.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady