There is a moment when the tension gets to such a breaking point in crime stories that it’s almost a cringe worthy process to see the finale unfold. Joshua Williamson perfectly captures that feeling in “Ghosted” #10 as the shit hits the fan in almost every direction, and Jackson uses his big mouth to fuck everything over yet again in the brilliant finale to the second arc.
There is a certain mastery that comes with blending genres. You have to be deeply aware of elements from both and somehow find a seamless way to make the mix work. And god damn does the mix work in “Ghosted” #10. There is a beautiful balancing act of horror and crime here that will never let you forget about either.
Jackson’s been pushed against the wall yet again. Things have gone to shit and everything has fallen apart. Naturally he believes the only way out is talking his way out, and he’s goaded on by Trick. He approaches the she-demon and we’re treated to a brilliant dose of character drama. Williamson brilliantly dives into the beginning of his series and continually brings things full circle. The world of “Ghosted” isn’t as big as we’d like to believe. Seems the world of supernatural crime is a pretty tight knit community.
There is a lot of bloodshed and retribution in this issue. Sadly not enough Anderson but the seeds are sown to deepen her relationship with Jackson. Trick has a few moments, and the Bloodcrows are all given their beautiful moments to shine. The finale of the issue will have your hair stand up on end and have you sit up in shock when you see just how everything plays out.
Davide Gianfelice has been a force to be reckoned with in this arc. If this issue is his beautiful swan song on the series than he pulled out all the stops. The climatic showdown is intense and horrific, but the crime elements at play near the final pages really make his art shine. He gets the wounded and chaotic nature of the scene and plays up the confusion to leave the characters broken by the final page.
I’m actually pretty floored by how this all went down in the closing pages. Williamson definitely weaves a surprising finale that makes perfect sense with everything he’s seeded before. Familiar faces remerge and offer a tantalizing tease of what’s to come. Honestly giving me goosebumps of anticipation for the next chapter.
Also, next month sees a standalone tale that focuses entirely on Anderson. So I suppose I’ll get my wish for more of her in a few short weeks.
Thus concludes Ghosted’s second arc and while I didn’t think it had the same shock and awe of the brilliant first story, Williamson’s tight plotting and mastery of straddling genres builds one hell of a conclusion and royally screws his characters proper before heading into a new storyline. I honestly cannot wait to see what comes next.