The Return of “GHOST” – Review of Issue #1

Ghost 1 coverKelly Sue DeConnick and Chris Sebela have combined to script the resurrection of a Dark Horse favorite from the days of Comics’ Greatest World.   Following up on “Ghost: In the Smoke and Din”,  this new “Ghost” tale is now set in Chicago, still following the  story of Elisa Cameron, a woman literally torn between two worlds.  Given an amazing amount of power, she is set to fight extradimensional demons…but she is also in search of who she is, of the life she had before all this happened.  That’s where we start with “Ghost” #1!

LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY

Elisa hunts down a demon on the El train, to find that the human host of that demon knows her…and she seems to recognize him!  She drops her other leads to pursue the life of James Barrow…and comes across yet another demon with a bargain she may not be able to resist!  Does she go back to her demon hunt…or does she make a deal with the devil?  That’s just part of the tale in this first issue of “Ghost”.

If you are newer to the story of Elisa Cameron, this is an excellent place to start.  There are some similarities to the original, but this is a true reboot of the character…and a very successful one.  In this first issue we already get a sense of Elisa’s personality, her relationships, and the mysteries about her own life that she has not been able to solve.  There is plenty of action here, but also excellent character development and pacing, thanks to DeConnick and Sebela.  The pencils/inks by Ryan Sook and colors by Dave McCaig is spectacular – everything from the page layouts to the lighting and color effects is spot on for a book with such a supernatural bent.  This is a great first issue – and I’m looking forward to more from “Ghost”!

Ed is a long-time comics collector, going back to the days when comics were only 12 cents. He reviews DC titles and a variety of Indie publishers here at TMStash.

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