"Ghosted: Volume 3" Trade Paperback Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Originally published as Ghosted #11 - #15
Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by Goran Sudzuka and Davide Gianfelice
2014, 116 Pages
Trade Paperback released on December 10th, 2014
Jackson Winters has had a string of bad luck lately. Actually, he's alive, so maybe his luck hasn't been that bad after all. He's back behind bars after a run in the Brotherhood and now the FBI is asking for his help. Well, they're not so much asking as telling him to help them investigate a series of bizarre hauntings that have been plaguing New York City. No, it's not the Ghostbusters (although that would be an amazing crossover). It seems that Trick's son, Danny is tied up in this and that makes it personal.
What's immediately fun about this volume of Ghosted is the interaction between Jackson and FBI Agent Creed. Jackson has a built in disrespect for authority, but he knows how to play the system and manipulate people. Creed doesn't give a shit and certainly doesn't care about making friends. He has a job to do, and that's to investigate supernatural cases. The dynamic between the two, and skeptic Oliver King (returning to the fun after participating in the first Ghosted trade paperback), is very fun to read.
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Then we get into the main story. Danny Trick is into some pretty crazy stuff, dealing with stalkers taking their obsession to a new level by actually haunting their stalkees as ghosts. Artist Davide Gianfelice's designs for these ghosts are terrifying. There's a very unsettling scene showing a red-tinted spirit with his brains hanging out, awkwardly hovering near a woman in her apartment. It feels so wrong because she clearly doesn't know he's there. She goes about her daily routine as he stares at her before wreaking havoc in her home and driving her mad. It's a very quick scene but very effective in setting the tone for how deadly this can be.
Speaking of Gianfelice's ghosts, there are plenty of them in this volume, each scarier than the last. The ones that are created by these ultimate stalkers are deformed and unwell. It's like they were prevented from properly entering the afterlife, so they've been turned into these monstrous entities. Then you've got Anderson, Jackson's own personal ghost, who is capable of transforming from her normal look to a hideous, clawed spectre when someone needs killing.
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As Jackson's story continues, his life gets more and more intriguing. He's being watched over by a dark force, specifically the Grim Reaper. This makes him a person of interest in the supernatural community. I don't think Jackson is fully aware of this. He has this cocky swagger when it comes to the spirit world, like he knows his way around the block.
Nina Bloodcrow is a welcome addition to the cast. She is still a little shaken up after being possessed, and Jackson feels a little responsible for her. He takes her under his wing, but she's not going to take any of his crap, which is probably just what Jackson needs. There should be someone that will stand up to him and call him on his bullshit.
Ghosted is a solid comic dealing with the darker aspects of the supernatural. It started off as a ghost-filled version of Ocean's Eleven, but it's evolved into much more. There is a lot to Jackson that has yet to be fully revealed. He's one of the most interesting and entertaining characters around.