Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham continue their pirate adventure this month with the second chapter of “Lost Coastlines” in “Five Ghosts” # 8. All of the familiar pirate elements are wonderfully spun to suit Fabian’s eclectic skillset in a action packed chapter that takes the series in a new direction. Mooneyham brings a heist together with unbelievable detail and manages to outdo even himself in an incredible issue.
“Five Ghosts” never manages to disappoint. Continually this series is a fast paced pulp adventure centered on an endearing charismatic hero who solves problems with increasingly interesting methods. Nothing ever feels dull, and amongst the backdrop of various different locales the book manages to add something to the “tried and true” adventure genres.
So it should come as no surprise that “Lost Coastlines” part two takes many familiar pirate elements and warps them to Barbiere’s liking. I was amazed to see all of Fabian’s ghosts at play within the climax of the issue. Each of them add to the situation to create a unique soup that boils over in all the right ways. While reading this issue I imagined the limitless possibilities in writing this series, as Barbiere finds unique ways to play with Fabian’s incredible skillset.
The characters of “Five Ghosts” are amongst the biggest draw. The adventure is always amazing in scope, which usually means plot overcomes character. Barbiere spends extra time ensuring that his characters are motivated by both internal and external forces. Giving the book the added depth it needs to succeed. Even after all of the action of this issue, we’re reminded of Fabian’s past with the final panel. This roguish adventurer has pissed off a lot of people in his efforts and we will soon learn the depth of a severed relationship from his past. It’s excellent because it raises the stakes and says more about Fabian than I have room for here.
Mooneyham will have you in awe this month. The excellent use of the ghosts behind Fabian as he uses their skills or his beautifully depicted panels in the climax of the issue, demonstrates Mooneyham’s impeccable range. Even the attention to detail in the way Fabian moves depends on which ghost is being channeled. Mooneyham has thought of it all.
While simple things like the screaming pirate in the foreground pointing to his burning ship in the background add a sense of urgency to the book. Not to mention the disgruntled figure of the pirate just seems like Mooneyham’s jam. Everything here fires on all cylinders. The final sword battle will have your jaw on the ground. Especially with Fabian’s incredible sword throw near the end of everything. I mean holy shit, it’s just too awesome.
If you couldn’t tell “Five Ghosts” is one of the most consistently amazing books out there. Barbiere and Mooneyham have crafted a masterful dedication to pulp that pushes the medium and never fails to entertain. Deep characters, amazing adventures, and incredible action await you with every issue. Don’t miss this book.
Rating: 4.5/5 Skulls.