Saturday, November 30, 2013

Five Ghosts- Trade Paperback Review

Five Ghosts, Volume 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray, by Frank J. Barbiere and artwork by Chris Mooneyham

Book Description:

"After a tragic encounter with an artifact known as "The Dreamstone," infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray was possessed by five literary ghosts and has been granted access to their unique abilities."

Angie's Review:

The premise of this comic is that all of the creations of fiction- all of humanity's imagination and creativity is sort of pooled in another realm, but very real and potentially accessible. The dreamstones are conduits of that energy, and Fabian Gray, a prior treasure hunter- but really more of a thief- has had an incident with one that left fragments of it embedded in his chest. The result of that accident left Fabian with the ability to tap into the powers of five fictional characters from the psyche of humanity- the archer, the detective, the wizard, the samurai, and the vampire.

The downside? The dreamstone also seems to have pulled the soul of his twin sister into the other realm. Her physical body has been left in a coma. Fabian's quest is now to find some way to save his sister and atone for the greed and selfishness that led to her condition. But before he can even do that, he needs to learn to harness the powers he has been given, and prove himself worthy of this gift.

So, we have a neat storyline to work with, and I found the comic to be well-written and exciting. But for me, the artwork is the real draw. I LOVE the look of this book. The style of drawing remains consistent throughout the comic, but the color themes for different sections vary with the action, and we can have pages of vibrant, brilliant color followed by pages in sepia tones or pastels. The color choices are just gorgeous in each case, and it left me turning pages and repeatedly saying, "Oh wow...that's really nice." "Oooh...I like what they did here." In addition, the overall look has a very pulp comic thing going on, and I always enjoy that.

See what I mean?  So, this one is a five star for me. I am going to put it up there with Locke & Key, American Vampire and my other favorites. And that is impressive, because this is a first major comic for both of its creators. You can read more about how they got this project going  here, if you are interested.
So, well done, guys. I am impressed and I am going to be following this comic from now on.

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