First Issue: Joshua Williamson’s “Ghosted”

I don’t foresee many spoilers in this one, so read on freely. Also, make sure you stick with me until the end. The beginning may seem a bit… unfocused, but I promise it’ll all come together in time.

Don't judge this book by its cover. I did initially and I almost passed on it.

Don’t judge this book by its cover. I did initially and I almost passed on it.

For the past few weeks, I (along with my LUN compatriot Leroy) have been helping out at the local comic book store, Comic Paradise Plus. They have a ton of back issues that we’ve been sifting through to get more comics to the public. Some call it “The Lord’s Work.”

I did. I called it that.

Either way, it’s afforded both of us the opportunity of working closely with comics and the people who care about them. It’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.

This past Tuesday, Leroy and I were sorting through the new comics and getting them placed into the proper pull for those that reserve their books ahead of time. It’s not the most fun, but it’s definitely one of the most important jobs there. Regardless, the store owner Jon was around while we were going through the books, and someone mentioned Image’s Ghosted. He knows our tastes pretty well and said something about being surprised we hadn’t added that to our reserve lists yet. We both told him we hadn’t heard of it.

“Really? You know what it’s about, right?” We both shook our heads dumbly, waiting for him to utter the words that would completely sell both of us on the title.

“It’s about people trying to steal a ghost.”

Let that sink in for a minute. Ghost heist.

There it is, folks. "STEAL A GHOST."

There it is, folks. “STEAL A GHOST.”

You see why I had to buy it, right? Good.

Ghosted is like a “so bad, it’s good” movie: it moves fast, it introduces shady characters and bizarre concepts, contains over-the-top violence and graphic sex, and promises tons of fun.

Pretty sure life isn't quite like this on the outside.

Pretty sure life isn’t quite like this on the outside.

In a nutshell, a crazy old rich man hires a sexy blonde to incite a riot at a prison and aid in the escape of a master thief. The goal: steal a ghost from the mansion of a murderous family to add to the rich man’s collection of the occult. They enlist the aid of a pickpocket, a washed-up stage magician, two stars of ghost hunting shows and a psychic, and head into the mansion to steal themselves a ghost!

This mansion belonged to the murderous Trask family. It will be bulldozed in two weeks. Time to steal all the ghosts.

This mansion belonged to the murderous Trask family. It will be bulldozed in two weeks. Time to steal all the ghosts.

I know that seems like a really boiled-down version of the plot, but those are really the important points. There’s a bit of character development and exposition, but that’s not what’s important here. What is most important is that this comic has great art, fairly solid writing (I had issues with a few things here and there, but oh well), and a ridiculous plot I haven’t seen the likes of since Avatar Press’s Dan the Unharmable. That’s definitely a good thing.

I’m a man who loves to relish in a little nonsense every now and then, and this is exactly what I want: a ragtag of possible frauds brought together to STEAL A GHOST! It’s only a 6-issue limited series, but I really can’t wait for the next issue. Get it now before it sells out, because I truly believe that it will.

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