By Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, Ande Parks, & Mauricio Wallace

Beyond Belief is based on a segment from the stage production/podcast The Thrilling Adventure Hour. Luckily, one doesn’t have to be familiar with this show to enjoy/appreciate this comic. Ben Acker, Ben Blacker and the rest of the creative team make the material so engrossing and readily accessible…just a breath of fresh air.

Image is no stranger to ghostly stories, but Beyond Belief  is very light-hearted and witty. The dialog between the main characters, Sadie and Frank Doyle, is so sharp that one will just fall in love with them. Acker and Blacker tread familiar ghostbustin’ tales, but how they depict Frank and Sadie will make readers forget that and just lose themselves in the journey.

Despite the comedic nature of the title, the artwork definitely conveys the dread of the phantasmic encounters. Phil Hester’s designs are very eerie and such a fantastic contrast to the writing. Eric Gapstur, Ande Parks, and Mauricio Wallace take the pencils and run with them. The artwork has the darkness and shadows that need to be present for the genre. The mash-up of humor and horror works so well, when done right.This comic lives up to that.

This book was just an absolute surprise and definitely one that should be picked up this week. Also, they have a backup story that is basically a second issue, so readers get more bang for their buck. Beyond Belief is a creepily fun comic and worth the price…absolute no brainer!


About The Author Erik Gonzalez

I was exposed to comics early on, one of my earliest vivid memories was picking up the entire run of Dark Horse’s Aliens vs. Predator(1990). Odd and perhaps morbid choice for a kid, I know...At the same time, I was immersed in the pop culture of the time which included, but not limited to: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and of course, Batman: The Animated Series. Upon reflection, it’s fairly evident why I’m such a zealous geek. My day job is in television operations, so basically I’m exposed to media at every turn, which is where I want to be! Writing comic book reviews is another outlet to convey my respect and fanaticism for the this graphic medium. I hope what I have to say will resonate with others and also spark heart-felt discussion. Simon Pegg said it best, “Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

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