Skybound (Imprint of Image Comics)
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Davide Gianfelice
Colorist: Miroslav Mrva
Letterer: Rus Wooten
Cover: Matteo Scalera
Reviewer: Tom Barnett
Ghosted #6 begins the same as other issues in the series do, with a crazy in your face shock scene. This issue has one of my favorite ones though. This intro scene is creepy and foreboding. Deftly illustrated by Davide Gianfelice and wonderfully colored by Miroslav Mrva. Gianfelice is new to the series, but his style works very well with these characters. Mrva returns as the colorist and keeps the tone of the series intact.
In this first issue of a new story arc, we find that writer Joshua Williamson and his protagonist Jackson Winters are up to their tricks again. Jackson Winters is just trying to hang out on a warm island and ease into early retirement and seclusion. With Winters is one of his crew from the first story arc and it isn’t long before they’re in hot water. From there, Winters has his world turned inside out when the owners of the casino that he attempted to rob on his last financial endeavor before landing in jail, show up. They have a proposition for Winters that isn’t as easy as it first seems. Remember this book is called Ghosted, not Crime. Don’t worry the supernatural is more than present.
I enjoyed Williamson’s casting in this issue. The owners of the casino are a Native American family and I’m hoping that Williamson wraps in some Native American folklore through this story arc. In this time of growing diversity in comics, the Native American is still often overlooked. It’s nice to see some representation in this book.
Williamson turns in some good story telling here. He gives us a scene with Winters sticking up for some island kids, that makes you understand, he’s not all bad. I think this is a crucial point, as the main character is a crook, but there has to be something redeemable about him. If there wasn’t, we as readers would have a difficult time rooting for him. Williamson’s pacing is really good in this issue and it feels like, even with a minimal budget, this series could easily be turned into a television series. And how perfect would that be. Everyone loves crime drama and then throw in some supernatural. Seems like a no brainer to me.
This book is creepy, supernatural crime fun, making it a genre all unto its own. It’s fantastic to look at, thanks to a great art team. This is the time to jump on if you missed the first arc.
Tom is a contributing writer for Drunk On Comics. You can follow him on Twitter at @tphoto10.