Preview – Ghost Projekt #1
Today, the tension has somewhat thawed and the Soviet Union is no more. The legacy though of that time may be the plentiful weapons that remain improperly protected and what may happen if they were to fall into the wrong hands. Loose weapons of mass destruction is a very real threat.
A new series coming in March, produced by Oni Press, deals with this topic. Ghost Projekt is written by Joe Harris with art by Steve Rolston and colors by Dean Trippe.
Russia is often remembered from the shadow cast during the Cold War-era when every stranger was a spy, but now that the Cold War is long over, some things left behind from that era may not stay lost. An abandoned Soviet research facility somewhere in Siberia has been home to a strange and dangerous weapon that is now in the hands of thieves claiming it for their own. U.S. weapons inspector Will Haley has been assigned to find out what dangers the weapon poses and with the help of Russian agent Anya Romanova they will find the answers, but it will be far from easy.
You can check out your own 13 page preview at http://www.onipress.com/blog/?p=1198.
Story: This is a nice noirish story with good tension. The first issue mostly sets up the story with much of it just giving you pieces of the mystery and allowing you to draw your won conclusions. Some of the dialogue is in Russian with no translation, only adding to the mystery. It’s also nice to see a story drawn from a very real and scary situation. Rating: 9.5
Art: The art is definitely a very interesting style. It doesn’t quite fit the setting but at the same time doesn’t distract from the series. It reminds me of what you might find in Resurrection, but much tighter in the pencils. It’s a decent style that helps tell the story and doesn’t hinder. Rating: 8
Overall: While this first preview issue wasn’t complete, the 24 pages I read were very entertaining. The first issue is very much a set up for the series with a slow build. I’d definitely recommend making sure your store pulls you an issue to check out. I think you’ll be entertained. Overall Rating: 9
Release: March 10, 2010
Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.