Publisher: IDW Publishing
Story: Erik Burnham
Art: Dan Schoening, Luis Antonio Delgado (colours)
Release Date: 3rd August 2016
After last issue’s pleasant break in the main story we get right back into it here with main boys in grey.
As is standard with these reviews I won’t delve too deeply into the story, but I will say that Eric, Dan and Luis have done it again by making me feel for Walter Peck. Previously, they have expanded pretty much every other character, so it was nice to see Walter finally get his turn. While this issue doesn’t necessarily expand his backstory all that much, it does give a much needed additional dimension to his character and I really hope we get to see more in the future. Hell, he even straps on a proton pack.
The above is a perfect example of why this ongoing series not only works but continues to go from strength to strength. The creators know their versions of the characters inside out and expertly feed the reader this information over whole story arcs to the point where it feels perfectly natural.
It’s something a lot of other books struggle with, teasing developments for several issues then dumping everything on the reader at once, undoing all the world building nuance that they have built up. It is really unsatisfying when creators adopt this approach, limiting the readers imagination, and I am thoroughly grateful that IDW has given Eric the leeway to grow the story as he that they continue to place so much trust in this particular the creative team.
One of the other things that this creative team excels at is the teasing of future events, and oh boy is there a lot coming based on the way the story and epilogue of this issue go. Even if I wasn’t a Ghosthead I would say that this is one of the best paced and best written series out there. Artist, writer and colourist working together in perfect harmony.
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The writer of this piece was: David Gladman
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