Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham came to New York Comic Con last year to sell their book, Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray. They had the first issue available as a self-published limited edition. I missed it during my travels at the con, but fortunately many others saw it and enjoyed it, included Eric Stephenson, the Publisher of Image Comics. Now Five Ghosts will be released through Image beginning in March. That's quite a jump for two guys that were making the comic themselves.
Fabian Gray is a treasure hunter (or thief, depending on who you talk to) who is possessed by five ghosts. You can get that much from the title but not what the ghosts are. See, each one is an archetypical literary character, providing Fabian with their unique talents and skills. "The Wizard gives Gray the ability to wield magic. The Archer gives him lightning-quick reflexes and deadly accuracy. The Detective lends powers of intuition and deduction. From The Samurai, Gray borrows discipline and self-mastery – as well as mastery of a razor-sharp katana. The Vampire's subtlety, allure, and deadliness are the most dangerous powers of all for Gray to wield – both to his enemies and himself."
The same incident that led to Gray's possession also caused the death of his twin sister Silvia. Now he's set out to use these spirits to bring her back but he's having difficulty controlling them. He's running out of time until the Five Ghosts take over for good.
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"Five Ghosts is the culmination of a lot of different ideas and influences that have been storming around in my head since I started creating comics," said writer Barbiere. "I'm excited to be working with Image and can't wait for readers to see what we have in store for them."
"I'm a big fan of comics from the 60s, 70s, and 80's, not to mention pulp adventures from the 30s-50s," said artist Mooneyham. "My mission with Five Ghosts is to bring back that sense of fun and adventure that I feel is missing in today's comics. I'm very excited to have found a home for it at Image Comics."
The first issue of Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray is a 40 page comic and will be available at your local comic shop or via your favorite digital device on March 20th.
What do you think of Fabian's condition? Which Ghost do you think will cause the most trouble?
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