Don't Miss Out: "Five Ghosts" by Barbiere and Mooneyham
- by Señor Editor, 29 November 2013
PULP. I love pulp. I have pulp running through my veins. I eat pulp for breakfast. So you can imagine just how disappointed I was when I heard that Image has been publishing "Five Ghosts" for a while now, and that I'm late to the party. That was a while ago. I'm all caught up now, and I'm here to tell you why you, too, should invite Frank J. Barbiere's and Chris Mooneyham's "Five Ghosts" into your cold little hearts.
Thank you, inside cover of #1! Yes, that's exactly what makes our hero, Fabian, different than the typical pulp adventurer. He can use the powers of each of these "literary ghosts". What are literary ghosts? Well, that's a whole 'nother story, relating to how all the human myths and legends, from many different cultures and centuries, have plenty of common elements, which in turn relates to something called "the Dreaming", something that's always been inside the human race.
... But I'm getting a little ahead of myself here - these are important details, that tie to the underlying plot, but let's get back to the basics.
And these two have A LOT of adventures. Barbiere's work is action-packed, taking us around the world, from one peril to another, and the pacing of the stories is often quite breakneck.
The first issue alone takes us to Austria, where Fabian fights Nazi soldiers in an old castle, through Barcelona, where his mysterious enemies are tracking him, to Oxford, and Africa, where his plane crashes under attack from a tribe of warriors with spider eyes (you have to see it, it's beautiful).
This is one of the most exciting ongoing series currently being published, and if you're a fan of adventure stories you will not be disappointed. Shangri La, Nazis, a tribe of spider people, distant exotic lands, myths and legends, riddles, cutting off limbs and burning off flesh, demonic possesion, planes and sword fights... And that's just the first arc (it's followed by a one-shot issue with a different artist, and then Mooneyham comes back for art duties). Barbiere really throws a lot of fantastic stuff at the reader here, and it keeps getting better and better.
There's no other comic currently doing the pulp adventure genre better than "Five Ghosts". It's the perfect mix of classic feel and fresh new ideas. It quickly became one of my favorite titles. I highly recommend it. You will be glad you picked it up!
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