By Joshua Williamson, Goran Sudzuka, Vladimir Krstić Laci, & Miroslav Mrva
The stunning and clearly ominous cover by Dan Panosian is the reader’s first image of the final installment of Ghosted. The shocking conclusion of last month’s issue left Jackson for dead and that’s how this book opens…he comes face to face with Death itself. Goran Sudzuka beautifully brings the story back to the beginning, fittingly so. The light, watercolor-esque coloring from Miroslav Mrva truly conveys a desolate, ghostly location. As Death discusses with Jackson his fate, Markus puts the final phase of his plan into action. Death draws near and he is ready to face and capture it. Of course, things never go according to plan in Ghosted…
Joshua Williamson brilliantly brings things full circle in this finale. Everything surrounding Jackson is finally laid to rest and the most originally unlikable character in the series gets a proper send-off. I don’t want to delve too much into the plot because, well come on, this is the end. This is supposed to be the big payoff for the readers/fans and Ghosted #20 does just that. The key characters stay to true to form and the conclusions makes absolute sense. You can’t ask for more than that, except that when one reaches the final page, they will have a smirk across their face.
Sudzuka opened the first eight pages or so, but Vladimir Laci did the bulk of the art. There are some stunning half-page panels and one full-page shot that perfectly nails the moment. For Mrva to color both Laci and Sudzuka’s work and make them appear different and beautiful is a rare feat. He makes this final visit to Ghosted so worthwhile and is a brilliant send-off for the title. The artwork matches the gravity of this story.
This is one of the few times where I felt a comic ended too soon, but it’s better to go out in a blaze of glory than to fade away. Wanting more stories in this universe isn’t selfish, but more a sign that the creative team did a fantastic job crafting a ghastly and compelling supernatural thriller. Seriously, this is the final issue, pick the darn thing up or new readers should pick up all the trades. This is was great time investment, definitely worth the pay-off. Thanks to everyone involved.