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Five Ghosts #2 – THE Book to Be Reading

Frank J Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham, S M Vidaurri

Frank J Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham, S M Vidaurri

In the event you missed my review of Five Ghosts #1 here is the link: http://wp.me/p3jhmc-4j. Take a few minutes and read through it – I’ll wait until you return. Ready?

Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham have hit it out of the park again on Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #2. The story completely envelopes you while Mooneyham’s beautiful work latches on for the killing blow. Something I should note that I didn’t touch on in my review of the first issue was the equally incredible coloring work by S. M. Vidaurri. Vidaurri also is the artist behind the second printing cover to issue #1, which is flying off the shelves faster than the first printing did.

I’m not going to spoil anything that happens or tell you page by page how great this issue (series) is. It’s good, read it before your friends get bragging rights that they read it first. Then go brag to them how you read it first. Instead I’m going to claim Five Ghosts is going to be one of the big books to come out of 2013.

Five Ghosts has already become the book I rush to the comic store to pick up and read immediately. I can’t wait until I get home which has me reading the issue in my car in the parking lot. As mentioned above, the creative team is top notch. Frank Barbiere tells an intriguing story, Chris Mooneyham produces incredible work (seriously, the splash pages), and S. M. Vidaurri nails the coloring. Each possession has their own feel, identity, and place within the book on top of an already compelling narrative. Everything that makes a book win awards is here and this book will win awards.

See you in another month with issue #3 and the emergence of Iago (or, at least I hope for some Iago).

-Tony Nagel

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