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Friday, November 29, 2013

Comic Review: Ghosted #5

Ghosted #5
Story By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Goran Sudzuka
Art By: Miroslav Mrva
Cover By: Sean Phillips
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: SEP130621
Published: November 6, 2013
Image Comics

Winters escaped one prison only to find himself trapped in the Trask Mansion with the last of his team of ghost thieves. Will their first score also be their last? The first arc ends here!

Jackson and his team have their ghost, but it doesn't look like they're going to be able to collect. The sun has gone down, which means the Trask Mansion has come alive with all of its ghosts, and they've already ripped apart the reality TV crew. The remaining members might be breathing, but if the ghosts don't kill them, Lake will.

It's one double-cross after another by the looks of it, and after just a few pages into this climactic issue my head was spinning. Much of the series had planted the idea that Edzia the medium would be the turncoat of the team, spending the whole time hiding her ulterior motives for joining the team and holding back all she knew about the ghosts inside the mansion. Well, that little thread got cut pretty quick in favor of Lake the gun-toting bodyguard being the one to betray them all to get the ghost out of the mansion and into her boss Schrecken's hands.

While there was plenty of action in this issue, I felt like the four previous issues had been a bit of a bait and switch. I suppose heist stories do that to some degree no matter what, but the payoff just wasn't as rewarding as I'd hoped when everything was settled. And the final revelation of the story lacked oomph. It was good, but the focus shift kind of took the wind out of the story's sails, I thought.

If you've been keeping up with Ghosted from the get-go, maybe you'll be more into it than me. All of the ingredients are there, that's for sure, but I think it could have used a little more time to set and become something truly memorable. It looks like it's setup to carry on with a new story arc in the future, so maybe it's on to bigger and better things for Jackson and his supernatural exploits. Fingers crossed.

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3 1/2 Sheep

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