By Joshua Williamson, Goran Sudzuka and Miroslav Mrva
Ghosted #5 is an issue that wraps up an arc, but it also feels like it could have wrapped up the series. The arc ends in a pretty flawless way and doesn’t end with much of a cliff hanger, as essentially all loose ends seemed to be tied up.
When we last saw Jackson and his crew, they were about to be attacked by a mansion full of angry spirits. Surely he had a plan up his sleeve, right? Whatever he does, he also has to account for a traitor amongst his team, and the possession of his thief. Rusnak chants, King begins to believe and Jackson bleeds this issue. We also get some background on why Markus wants to capture a ghost, and why Jackson feels guilty.
Joshua Williamson wraps up this first arc with a bang. He also finally reveals a bit about Jackson Winter’s past, which is nice to see. One of the places Williamson excels is that he isn’t letting this book fall into typical cliché elements that are used in so many stories. So many of his moves are well thought out and fresh, which is great for any reader. This book is such a smooth read too, and Williamson does a great job of making the story flow together so nicely; a good finale to a great first arc.
The artwork by Goran Sudzuka has been consistently good and fitting for the first arc. There are times where it almost seems as if there is a texture to the page. He draws Jackson just as you would imagine him, as a cocky, smug, wise ass who fixes his hair after being stabbed. It’s these moments that make Sudzuka a great fit for this title. He also continues to draw dark and creepy looking ghosts in this book. The second arc can’t get here fast enough.
Ghosted has been one of the biggest surprises of the year. With excellent and inventive writing from Joshua Williamson, and gorgeously dark art by Goran Sudzuka, this is a must read book. Don’t let another story arc pass you by.