“Ghost” #1 gives the popular character another chance for readers to join in on the adventures of the being trapped between worlds, who is looking for answers that continue to elude her. Co-written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Chris Sebela with art by Ryan Sook, colors by Dave McCaig and lettering from Richard Starkings, “Ghost” #1 is significantly approachable and imaginative enough to prove entertaining if not captivating.
Teaming up with supernatural investigators Vaughn Barnes and Tommy Byers, the woman who believes she was Elisa Cameron is on a mission to rid Chicago of supernatural threats, but continues to find more threats with greater ferocity popping up. That leads to some fierce interactions that don’t always end well for the supernatural beings Ghost encounters, but it also affords DeConnick and Sebela the perfect opportunity to define the character’s power set and to crawl inside her head. “Ghost” #1 is part reality-fueled “Ghostbusters” and part procedural with ample opportunities for shock and excitement. DeConnick and Sebela add mystery to that mix by providing Ghost with slivers of memories, which always makes for great drama.
The last time I read a regular comic with Ryan Sook interior art, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray were writing “Hawkman,” with Sook handling art chores in the wake of Geoff Johns and Rags Morales’ run on the title. Since then, I can only recall seeing Sook’s work on covers, but always looked forward to more. His time as a cover artist has served him well for honing his style and crafting imagery packed with details. Unfortunately, it also took a few steps out of his storytelling, as the opening scene in “Ghost” #1 suffers from leaps in action and reaction. At one point, Ghost is flying through the El train car, but I was initially unsure if her opponent threw her, she missed a leap or was just flying. Thankfully context of the skirmish gives me the necessary connection.
“Ghost” #1 is a fine offering that doesn’t force readers into epic amounts of backstory. Labeled as the fourth volume of this character’s solo adventures, this comic book is clean and smooth, giving readers just enough information to fuel the story. The mysteries offer readers some incentive to come back and are certain to entice more familiar readers just a bit more than newer readers finding the adventures of Ghost for the first time. “Ghost” #1 is a strong, smart offering from Dark Horse that serves as a nice gateway. It’s not the most shocking comic book published in 2013, but neither is it the most forgettable. Sook’s art certainly makes it worth checking out and the story from DeConnick and Sebela treats the readers kindly.