Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #1


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Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #1


  • Words: Frank J. Barbiere
  • Art: Chris Mooneyham
  • Colors: S.M. Vidaurri
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Mar 20, 2013

A man haunted by five ghosts, and this is only the beginning of his troubles –– and an amazing adventure ahead!

Fabian Gray is a man with special talents. He’s an adventurer, a treasure hunter, and a medium haunted by five literary ghosts –– the wizard, the archer, the detective, the samurai, and the vampire. Being able to tap into each of their unique skills grants Fabian the ability to pull off any job, but at what cost to himself? Launching out on a quest of a more personal nature, Fabian journeys to Africa with his colleague Sebastian. But there are evil forces stirring –– zombie-like creatures and a specter named Iago who will stop at nothing to harness Fabian’s unique powers in this fast-paced opening chapter complete with lots of samurai sword-swinging, lopped-off limbs, and lots of dead Nazis.

Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham have certainly created something original with Five Ghosts, an uncanny blend of action/adventure and fantasy set in a historic backdrop where the Nazi Party is grabbing hold of Europe. Five Ghosts captures the old school feel of the smart cult adventure comics –– the oldies starring Ralph Dibny as The Elongated Man come to mind most –– and Fabian appears to be as much a b-side adventurer as Rex Mason before he became Metamorpho, with a little 007 mixed in for good measure and some sex appeal, which is never a bad thing (it appears that Fabian gets all the ladies!).

From front cover to the “Ghost Stories” column on the final page, Five Ghosts is a beautifully put together book (kudos to graphic designer Dylan Todd for that). The color assists by S.M. Vidaurri add further magic to a comic book that’s already hit the bull’s-eye as a limited series that will surely pave the road to further adventures of Fabian Gray.

And don’t forget to fully digest the six-line excerpt from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” by poet, philosopher, and printmaker William Blake. Nice touch, guys!

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  • Jason Wilkins

    Jason Wilkins Mar 26, 2013 at 8:52pm

    Great review! Definitely intrigued :)

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