Ghosted by Joshua Williamson was quite the surprise to me for two reasons.
First and foremost, Joshua Williamson has become a favorite of mine with work on Flash and Nailbiter and yet I had never heard of this title. The second reason these four volumes surprised me was the seamless blending of both a heist caper with that of horror.
Let’s get to the what the story is about……
The solicit for this book and the copy on the back cover promise the following: Ocean’s 11 meets The Shining.
That intriguing hook was enough to convince me to start reading this book; and if anything, I would say that doesn’t encompass even half of what the story has to offer. Let me start by saying one of my favorite pieces of American history is D.B. Cooper, so a comic about a master heist man was a natural for me. But when you throw in a haunted house, some ghosts and a mystery surrounding that heist man, I’m going to be extra stoked.
The main character is one Jackson T. Winters, sentenced to prison after a failed robbery of a casino that left all of his crew dead with himself being the sole exception. He seems content with rotting away in his cell, but life, contract killer Anderson Lake and billionaire Markus Schrecken have other designs for him and his time.
When those two stage Jackson’s breakout, they explain what they need him to do–break into a haunted house and steal a ghost.
As with all good heist stories, you need to put together a crew. While Jackson is given much leeway in doing so, Markus has two requirements of members–Anderson must go and so must a certain medium (Edzia Rusnak) of his choosing.
The rest of the posse is filled out by Oliver King (a skeptic by trade), Robby Trick (an old friend and professional conman), and rounded out by Joe and Jay Burns (two ghost hunters who have the equipment needed to get the job done).
Unlike most comics like this that happen in a vacuum, Jackson has watched his share of horror movies and knows what to do and what not to do. For instance, the group is not allowed to stay in the house past dark under no circumstances. Having already had his last crew massacred, our protagonist doesn’t want to see any more blood shed due to his actions or inaction.
Throughout the series, Joshua Williamson drops hints about what happened on that casino heist that helped shape the man Jackson has become, keeping us interested by not giving us the full information all at one time, dripping it out to suit the narrative. This adds an air of mystery beyond the motives of those who surround him.
I’m not going to delve into the whole of the series as we are doing a video for our YouTube channel wherein we review this series as well, so keep an eye open for that. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you don’t miss a fuller depiction of what happens within Ghosted by Joshua Williamson. You can click the link at the bottom of this page in order to subscribe.
IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?
This book will surely be enjoyed by anyone who is into heist stories, horror or even a light mystery. Elements of all three are threaded throughout the narrative in a way that keeps you going forward. While running Brainstorm Comics and Gaming and having an almost three year old at home, I never have time to read as much as I would like. Most times I get to read a first volume of something but am unable to finish them. This is one where I read all four volumes over the course of a weekend.
The only quibble I have with the series, and it should speak to the strength of the story, is that I feel the heist should have gone longer than a single volume. All of the characters, regardless of how reprehensible they were, were engaging enough that I wanted to know more about them and sometimes felt short-changed in that regard.
But overall, if you’re into any of the genres that this series covered, you won’t be disappointed. As with Nailbiter, I can’t recommend Ghosted by Joshua Williamson enough.