ghosted-06This article was originally posted at Word of the Nerd on January 15th.

Just when Jackson Winters thinks he’s out of the game, living the good life, the life that he left behind pulls him back into the fold. Yes, Ghosted is back and the sins of Jackson’s past are creeping up on him once again, both figuratively and literally.

Enjoying the fruits of his labors after delivering the ghosts of the Trask Mansion to Markus Schrecken, Jackson is unfortunately discovered by an informant for the people who own the casino his original crew tried to rob. Seeing his brief stint at normalcy blown straight to hell, with a few extra bullet holes in the chest for good measure, Jackson and Trick – the entertainingly knowledgeable black market fencer and magician – find themselves roped into another job on behalf of the casino owner, Wenona Blood Crow. In order to wipe the slate clean once and for all, Jackson has to rescue Wenona’s granddaughter, Nina, from kidnappers who’ve taken the girl across the border to Mexico. And while it’s possible that Wenona could have easily hired someone else to rescue Nina and have Jackson killed by her family’s personal hitman, Skinner, it seems the kidnappers took Nina for a reason and it happens to be in Jackson’s particular area of expertise.

In the return of Ghosted, Joshua Williamson doesn’t hold back, putting Jackson right in the middle of the action, but not before giving us a rather disturbing opening involving an elderly performing a ritual involving dolls dressed as Jackson hanging from nooses and pictures of Jackson decorating the walls splashed with bat’s blood. It’s a fantastic reminder of the curse Jackson carries; seemingly blessed to live in the face of supernatural circumstances where others often perish. It doesn’t mean the man isn’t marked for the rest of the afterlife. Jackson’s no saint and his experiences with the otherworldly may have done more to stack the deck against him if his dream sequence later on is any indication of what his eternal resting place will look like. I will admit, though, Jackson’s reaction to his hallucinatory revisiting of the last arc was pretty great. Good to know the man’s sense of humor always remains intact. Skinner and Wenona are great additions to Ghosted‘s cast of characters. Whereas Ghosted6_col_page_02-03Markus Schrecken was an employer who needed Jackson solely for his skills, the history between Jackson and the two adds another level of tension to the story. Skinner proves he’s not afraid to solve his problems by riddling them with bullets, so it’ll be interesting to see if he tags along with Jackson and Trick on their trip to Mexico. Feels like his presence would make for great motivation.

The art for Ghosted #6 changes as Davide Gianfelice takes over and it couldn’t be a better fit. The illustrative quality is gorgeous and the look of the characters and environments has an air of the mod style Jackson is so fond of emulating. Something about the lining on the cheekbones and chin that reminds me of Darwyn Cooke’s style, which matches up with Jackson and his world perfectly. Whereas the previous arc with Goran Suduka had a grittier and slightly gothic sensibility befitting of the setting and premise, Gianfelice’s art is more cinematic, making the next chapter reminiscent of a movie sequel. Like Sudzuka before him, Gianfelice knocks it out of the park when it comes to the grotesque. If the opening isn’t enough to give you the heebie jeebies, then I’m pretty sure the last page will.

Rating – 10/10

Final Thoughts: Woo hoo! Trip to Mexico, guys! Can’t wait!

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