Five Ghosts began as a five issue mini-series that just plain "blew it up". This truly was an action packed adventure story following the exploits of one Fabian Gray, relic hunter, tough guy, and legend. Due to an incident with a Dreamstone, Mr. Gray got stuck with five very distinct literary characters within his person. Think of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but the League is housed in one guy coming out when needed by Mr. Gray in his many adventures. Thanks to the success of the mini run, Five Ghosts was awarded an ongoing series. Five Ghosts #6 began the ongoing series and it didn't miss a beat in regards to the action. It was a super opening issue and allowed Fabian Gray to evolve. It was great. Feel free to read the review. It is an exciting mixture of classic cliffhanger tales with elements of the mysterious.
Issue seven picks up back at Fabian's estate and has him buried in research. He feels that more Dreamstones are still out there and he believes if all are recovered, events occurring during the mini-series can be reversed making for a happier ending. He has enlisted the help of other acquaintances (an honorable jewel thief in this instance) to help him find rare myths, legends, and strange tales that will pinpoint the locations for these stones.
Of course it will not be that easy. There are others very interested in finding the Dreamstones as well and they appear to have a strong desire into making our hero fish bait in the process. These baddies have lots of money, power, influence, and they wear swastika lapels. But Fabian has a good team himself of friends/lovers and of course, his five very capable "others" that just might give him the edge he needs.
The writing of Frank J. Barbiere combined with the art of Chris Mooneyham impresses. It is nice to see Mooneyham back in the mix as he did the art on the miniseries, but not #6. I really had enjoyed Garry Brown's artwork on the previous issue, but seeing Mooneyham's return helped me to remember why I had enjoyed this title so much. Five Ghosts #7 continues to have a nice harmony between the art and the writing that helps to convey so much of the story through sensory understanding. I liken it to a surround sound in a movie. The story truly is a harmonious symphony of the senses and makes Five Ghosts one of my favorite titles of the year.
It looks like Fabian will be hitting the high seas in search of “The Island of Dreams”, and I for one am looking forward to setting sail with him. All aboard Mateys.
Writer: Frank J. Barbiere Artist: Chris Mooneyham Publisher: Image Comics Price: $3.50 Release Date: 11/27/13