By Joshua Williamson, Goran Sudzuka, and Miroslav Mrva
Image Comics has come a long way since the days of Youngblood in the 90’s, and Ghosted is proof of that. This is not a title you would have seen back then, but it is a sign that the company has matured, and is putting out books that don’t all feature ripped super hero characters.
Ghosted 3 starts at the end; we are shown one of the last panels of the book, and then the reader works their way backwards. Jackson Winters and his crew of ghost thieves manage to steal a voodoo mask that Rusnak needs to perform a spell. Once they get back to the mansion, weird things finally start to happen to the guests in the mansion, and we even get a few deaths. Radio connections are broken, lives are lost, and ghosts appear, it’s a pretty action packed issue.
One of the things that makes Ghosted an interesting book, is that month in and month out, the reader doesn’t know what to expect, and Joshua Williamson does another fine job in this issue. Only three issues in, and some well known characters get the axe, and there are sure to be more on the way. Williamson also tries different storytelling techniques in this issue by giving the reader the end first, which can be a gamble in this medium, but it pays off. His creativity and characterization drive this book.
Goran Sudzuka’s art continues to set the tone of the book, and it is creepy. His use of shadows and angles help bring the reader into the story a little more, and are a great compliment to Williamson’s story. There are a couple of really good close up panels of the voodoo mask needed for the ritual that stand out as some of the finer images of the book. His art continues to improve issue by issue.
Ghosted #3 is a book that should leave the audience on the edge of their seats for the next 30 days. The cliff hanger could be a huge game changer for the series if it sticks, and could completely alter the tone of the book. Ghosted is a wonderfully under the radar series, and if the story continues to surprise the audience every month, it could be one of the better horror books in recent memory.