Published on June 5th, 2014 | by JCDoyle0
Ghost #4 – Comic Review
I wasn’t going to write about Dark Horse’s Ghost this week; partially because it’s probably the last one I’m going to buy. The reason for this is that Kelly Sue DeConnick will no longer be writing this title and she is the reason I have been reading Ghost since 2012.
However, this particular issue of Ghost is outstanding; it is easily one of the best reads of the year so far. I couldn’t let it pass without a mention.
In issue 4 the Ghost’s friends delve in to her history to try and find out who she was before becoming the vengeful spirit in white. They raid a garage belonging to a know associate of Elisa and discover a eulogy written by a childhood friend. The majority of this issue is then filled with a child’s adventure story with a Stephen King twist. As we learn about Elisa’s past we see how she deals with present.
The beauty of the issue is that you don’t need to know anything about the previous Ghost stories, or in fact anything about the title character. If you changed the names and the spectacular white costume, this could be a story about anybody. It’s about childhood, it’s about the loss of childhood innocence, it’s about justice but most of all it’s about heroism. Elisa is shown to be a hero in many different ways. Her childhood friends see her as a hero, which is why they look up to her and make her their gang leader without any sense of inferiority. She then proves herself a hero by standing up to Mr Conrad in the dark while her friend runs for help and takes this even further when she puts herself in danger to protect someone who doesn’t deserve anyone’s protection. And, finally, in the present she acts like a hero doing what needs to be done to protect the innocents of the city that most people ignore.
Kelly Sue DeConnick has written a moving, surprising and shocking story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it. At the centre she has created a childhood memory that most people will be able to identify with, even if it’s just for a moment. The reader identifies with Elisa as a child and then empathises with her as the story takes a turn into dark and terrible places. But the whole experience illustrates why the Ghost does what she does without any memories of her past, she is a natural hero and inspires the best in the people around her. In the wooded landscape of their childhood or the bustling hectic city of adult life, everyone who is around Elisa is touched by her inherent integrity.
The art by Geraldo Borges and Andy Owens is just as beautiful as the story. Everything from the shadowy garage opening through the sweet then disturbing tale within a tale and on to the final splash page of the Ghost herself, it never misses a beat.
I wasn’t going to write a review for this comic but after reading it I couldn’t stop myself, it just bowled me over. I actually can’t recommend this comic enough. If you’re relatively new to reading comics or a seasoned pro, this is a perfect issue to pick up. Go buy it.
Publisher: Dark Horse
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists: Geraldo Borges/Andy Owens