Review: Specter Inspectors #1
I’ll just come out and admit it, I’m a fan of the various ghost hunting shows out there. I don’t take them too seriously but they deliver simple scares at times and can feature some interesting history as well. So, I was really looking forward to Specter Inspectors #1 which kicks off a new miniseries featuring the genre. And, much like its live-action cousins, the debut issue really entertains setting up what looks to be an interesting series.
Written by Bowen McCurdy and Kaitlyn Musto, Specter Inspectors #1 introduces us to a ghost hunting group that’s attempting to break through the online wall and get noticed. Their latest adventure takes them to Cape Grace a town where people disappear and there have been reports of cult activity, spiritual unrest, and shadowy figures. Standing looming is Town Hall, a building that burned a hundred years ago along with two individuals. Their hope is to film so ghosts and blow up online with a show coming out of it.
The team is full of set roles, one being the true believer another being the skeptic. They’re rounded out with the “meathead” type character and younger member. The four of them have a good dynamic as characters with clear romantic tension between a few of them. There’s hints at past experiences that add to their character depth and it all comes together for a group that could be fun to watch in real life.
But, from there, the comic takes some twists.
This isn’t a straight-up ghost hunt, this is what happens after and that’s what’s unexpected. It also builds in such a solid way that I didn’t see coming at all. While I expected a fun ghost hunting show in comic form, Specter Inspectors #1 is so much more and so much more interesting.
Bowen McCurdy does double duty also handling the art with lettering by Jim Campbell. Specter Inspectors #1 has a style and look that’s become popular with BOOM! comics such as Goldie Vance and Lumberjanes. I’m not quite sure how to describe it but it’s a look and style I enjoy. The comic doesn’t focus on scares but still evokes a spooky aura about it. And, when things do build to get to the ghost goodness it does it in a way that might scare younger readers while being a bit more humorous for adults.
Specter Inspectors #1 is a solid debut that winds up being so much more than expected. It’s a solid horror story for the younger set with just enough creepiness to entice fans of the genre or create new ones. It’s an entertaining read that has me already excited to check out more and see where it goes.
Story: Bowen McCurdy, Kaitlyn Musto Art: Bowen McCurdy Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy
BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review