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"Ghoster" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

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Written by Thom Burgess & Toby Meakins
Illustrated by Joe Becci
Lettered by Thom Burgess
2019, 60 Pages

Review:

The Ghosters have protected our world from the fearsome Malevolents for centuries. Beginning in England, this elite group, coming from five families, has kept these evil ghosts at bay. Now a new generation rises when the Ghosters' supplies are low and the Malevolents are even more deadly.

There is a huge amount of mythos at work in Ghoster. Writers Thom Burgess & Toby Meakins introduce us to this world with a dynamite story and then fill the back of this book with tons of impressive background information. While this fleshes out the landscape of the comic, I would have rather had this weaved into the story in a more organic fashion. It provides some helpful context to the story, but it does feel like a history lesson at times.

The story itself is riveting as two rookie Ghosters embark on their first assignment. There's so much riding on this, not just for them, but for their families as well. Here is their chance to bring honor to their loved ones. If they fail, they'll not only lose their lives, they'll disrespect their families. That's a tough pill to swallow. Your dad is both sad and disappointed that you died.

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The Ghosters are not something like the Ghostbusters. This is a finely tuned organization and nothing is left to chance. They dabble with some mysterious magic that allows them to see and interact with the Malevolents on their own plane, not to mention kill them with specialized weaponry.

The design for this is absolutely gorgeous. Artist Joe Becci does a great job with the look and feel of the Ghosters. They're dark and broody, yet earnest and pure. It's an interesting mix that's more than a little badass.

When they pass into the Malevolents' plane, it's like reality shimmers around them. They enter a misty landscape that's a dark mirror of their own reality. If that haunted house looked scary before, it's about to be downright terrifying.

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Ghoster features the return of the monster from Malevolents: Click Click, one of my favorite indie comics in recent years. He's just as horrifying as ever and this time he's got some friends with him. I love that there's a connected world of horror being built between these titles.

While Becci has an incredible eye for design, he really shines in the action sequences. They're intricate and extensive, moving at a brisk pace with some awesome shots. You haven't lived until you've seen a ghost monster's head explode.

Ghoster works like a pilot for a TV show, giving us an idea of what to expect from this world and the never-ending battle against evil these characters are in the middle of. This is most definitely a book to watch and I hope we get to see a lot more from this world soon.

Grades:

Story: Fourandahalfstars Ghoster Small
Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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