By Christopher Sebela, Harvey Tolibao and Keith Champagne
There are books on the market like X-Men and Batman that will get their sales no matter how good or bad their comic is being written. They’re big names that will always attract an audience. Then there are books like Ghost that are very well written and will struggle with sales and notoriety. A book like Ghost has to work harder than Superman to get its numbers up. If you’re one of the people who are missing out on this title, do yourself a favor and pick it up at least once.
For a book called Ghost, this series touches on some very important real world issues. Gang violence is a problem in many areas and Chris Sebela keeps the scenes involving muggers and robbers very real. One of the great things about this comic is the fact that Elisa seems to be fed up with all the violence and harm to innocents and enjoys putting down these thugs. Her attitude is that these people deserve to be treated like animals because that is how they’re acting. Sebela has built up the supporting players as well. Characters like Tommy and Vaughn are important to the story and not just wallpaper characters. Sebela allows us to see that Elisa is becoming obsessed with taking out the gangs in the city through her internal monologue and her decision to move closer to the danger. It’s good to see a strong female character that isn’t afraid to do what needs to be done.
The art duties are handled by Harvey Tolibao with colors by Dan Jackson. Tolibao does a pretty effective job this issue with all of the characters in the book. His works is very detailed, which is never a bad thing. We get to see wrinkles on the top of peoples foreheads, which is something often forgotten in comics. Panels where Elisa is stopping bullets or knocking out would be muggers are drawn great as Tolibao works his magic. If there is a down side to the art of the issue, it’s that at times Elisa looks too busty and unrealistic. The colors by Jackson are well done and go well with the pencils. He does his best work when Elisa is in ghost form, as she is lighter than the other people on the page. The art and colors compliment the script and make the story enjoyable. A different style of art could have ruined this issue, but Tolibao and Jackson do it just right.
Ghost is a strong character in a book that doesn’t get as much love as it should. Chris Sebela is putting some realistic real world issues into his stories that are worth a read. The art is top notch as Tolibao and Jackson turn out good work this month. Ghost is a book that deserves a chance and an audience.