"Ghosted #13" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by Davide Gianfelice
2014, 32 Pages, $2.99
Comic released on September 10th, 2014
Life isn't easy for Jackson Winters. That could be why he seems to have a death wish lately. After surviving a bank robbery, a haunted house, and all kinds of voodoo, he's now working with the government to track down Danny Trick, who may or may not be tied up with a ghost scheme. It's a good thing that Jackson knows a thing or two about spirits, especially since he's being followed by one. There's more to this man than meets the eye, and even a creepy witch can't figure it out. One thing's for sure, you can't help but love the guy.
Jackson is like a more badass version of Danny Ocean. He's a lovable asshole. He's the smartest guy in the room and he knows it, so he's going to rub your face in it. People come to Jackson when they need help with supernatural problems, but he's not a knight in a dark suit like Angel or most of the occult detectives out there. He's out for himself and he's not about to take any crap from anyone. However, there's a conscience buried deep down there somewhere that gets in the way occasionally. Jackson is willing to stick his neck out for people that he feels responsible for, which brings us to Danny Trick.
Danny is the son of a now-deceased colleague of Jackson's, and he's mixed up with some haunting mess. If Jackson could just talk to the kid, he could probably figure out what's going on, but he has to find him first. This issue of Ghosted takes us to Bellevue Hospital and some other shady areas of New York City. These kinds of jumps come naturally to the main character. He is plugged into the occult underworld and knows what rocks to look beneath. He's just not always prepared for what kind of terrors that may be lurking there.
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The ghosts in Bellevue are twisted and deformed. They're not normal. Artist Davide Gianfelice depicts them as these decaying red monsters spiraling out of patients. They're unsettling to look at, but you can't turn away. This opens up a set of questions about why they're in the horrid state.
Gianfelice also perfectly captures the cockiness of Jackson throughout the book. Whether he's dealing with the voodoo priestess or the skeptic Oliver King, he has this look on his face that is tough to describe. It's equal parts arrogant, combative, and serious, but dripping with smarm.
What has been amazing to watch with Ghosted is how writer Joshua Williamson has started with a basic idea in the first volume (a thief asked to steal a ghost) and expanded it into a large supernatural mythos. The ramifications of the first issue are still being felt. There are a few different balls in the air, but Williamson ties everything back together neatly. The different arcs to date have had a natural flow to them while keeping Jackson shrouded in mystery. You can't help but get pulled along for the ride, wherever he may be going. That may be to a seedy underground occult marketplace, but at least it's not Times Square with all the tourists.