"Ghosted #20" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by Goran Sudzuka and Vladimir Krstic Laci
2015, 32 Pages, $2.99
Comic released on May 20th, 2015
Jackson Winters is dead. For someone that has longed for death, you'd think he'd be happy about this. It should come as no surprise that dying didn't end Jackson's story, especially in his line of work. In fact, he's actually got a few more options available now that he's shuffled off this mortal coil. Death itself has been watching him for some time and now the two can finally meet. Are they going to be instant BFFs?
With Jackson dead and Markus holding all the cards, things look rather grim in this final issue of Ghosted. Of course, Jackson can't leave without delivering one final “F You” to Markus, and he does so in a glorious fashion. It's something that's so fitting for both characters. Each of their journeys has led to this final face-off and it works so well. After all the bad things that Markus has done and all the...I can't say good, but maybe redemption-worthy things that Jackson has done, I couldn't have asked for a better conclusion.
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The end of Ghosted crept up on me. I was having such a fun ride that I didn't realize Williamson had placed all of the pieces on the board for a big final showdown. It makes sense to the end the series now. I'm just bummed that it's over. In looking back at the previous 19 issues, it's clear that everything built up to this. There is no fat in this run. Every plot point is important and helped push Jackson and the rest of the characters to this moment.
There's a mix of artwork in this issue, with the first third handled by Goran Sudzuka and the rest drawn by Vladimir Krstic Laci. Sudzuka illustrated Jackson's first steps into the afterlife with a water color look that works very well. It's not a rose-colored paradise. Instead it serves as an introduction between Jackson and Death, which builds to my personal favorite moment in the book during an argument between the two that cements Jackson's status as a total badass in this world and the next.
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Laci's pencils are clean and crisp, especially on Jackson. There's a pureness to him now, as if he's become flawless in death. There are some awkward poses, mostly due to the way Jackson has to hold a large object for most of these scenes. Laci also delivers a dynamite final page spread.
This issue is a fitting end to Ghosted. It's rare for ongoing series to have a finite ending in this world of reboots and renumbering, so this was a welcome sight even though it sucks to have a good comic come to a close. Jackson Winters started as a gruff asshole and slowly turned into a fun-to-read asshole over the course of the book's run. Ghosted began as a supernatural Ocean's Eleven and quickly evolved into an interesting look at life and death, with one of the most interesting characters at its center.