Review: Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #5

20130731-154329.jpgIt is with a heavy heart that I review the fifth and final issue of Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray. Although the series resumes this Fall (including a stand alone issue in October), I am still crestfallen that this maiden voyage has come to an end.

As the story arc concludes, Fabian faces his last test, and we finally find out not only how the dreamstone became a part of him but also how his sister, Silvia, was lost to the supernatural world. Though love conquers all (even between siblings), it is now apparent that guilt, on many different levels, fuels Gray’s quest to find her.

Writer Frank J. Barbiere and artist Chris Mooneyham have yet to disappoint. What could easily have been pitched as a one and done graphic novel, was instead turned into a five issue tour de force that leaves a monthly run with unlimited room to grow. Though the last issue answered some key questions, I still want to know more about Fabian’s loyal sidekick Sebastian.

Mooneyham’s artwork is nearly flawless, particularly two full-page illustrations that show our hero’s ghostly inner demons. I’m reaching when I find something to complain about, but I still despise Iago, who looks like a Disney villain with his overgrown monk cut and hyperextended smile. Consequently, I wasn’t wild about the cover.

Barbiere and Mooneyham took a chance on a pulp adventure in a market that is becoming filled with 1930s heroes battling world-domination-seeking nazis. Through premise, script, and art they’ve set the standard for all others to emulate. November can’t come soon enough.

Story: Frank J. Barbiere Art: Chris Mooneyham
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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