Source: Five Ghosts #6
Five Ghosts returns this week for its first issue since its debut mini-series ended. Written by Frank J. Barbiere and drawn by new series artist Garry Brown, the series follows the adventures of Fabian Gray, the Haunted Thief. What sets Fabien apart is that he possesses the powers of five ghosts: The Wizard, The Archer, The Detective, The Samurai and The Vampire.
The return for the series is a good one-and-done story about the legendary Japanese blade; the Masamune. Fabian is called back to Japan by the daughter of his sensai and former lover Hisano, to help defeat a rival clan that threatens to destroy her clan. Unfortunately for Fabian, things are not what they seem as he is betrayed and captured for the dreamstone which gives him his powers.
Barbiere does a fantastic job of writing a self-contained story that even people who aren’t familiar with the story can enjoy. Although Fabian is introduced a little too quickly with not much backstory on who he is and how he received his powers, that only leaves more room for the story to breathe. The background story of how the Masamune blade came to be is well done also as it is compressed into a single page rather than spreading out into a mini story within the story. New series artist Garry Brown’s gritty style fits the pulpy story perfectly. The art emulates previous artist Mooneyham’s art well, while sticking to its own style.
Five Ghosts is one of the simplest comics out there, and I say that in the best way possible. The series is a straight forward, fun, pulp story. No gimmicks, no tie-ins, and no nonsense; Five Ghosts is a fun read pure and simple. This week’s issue is a great story for new readers interested in the series and it’s also great for those who missed getting their weekly pulp fix.