‘Ghost #1:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Ghost is one of those comics I’ve always been told to read, both the past and current incarnations, and I do like to explore outside of the Marvel/DC dichotomy that has dominated much of the superhero genre, but this has been the first time I have actually had the chance to read the story. I have to say that the main reason is because of the writing of Kelly Sue DeConnick. I’ve enjoyed her work on Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble and find her tweets to be hilarious. If it wasn’t for her, I probably wouldn’t have wanted to pick up the title quite this soon. But, because I have, all of you get to reap the benefits of what I think of the #1 issue for this incarnation of Chicago’s urban legend.

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Summary

After coming back from the great beyond, Elisa goes on a hunting spree to take down the demon-infested humans who were responsible for destroying her life. Trying very hard not to draw too much attention to her activities, she ends up battling a demon on the EL in front of witnesses, further fueling the growing legend about her throughout greater Chicago; however, when the human attached to the demon she kills recognizes her, Elisa goes on a personal crusade to try and figure out what the connection between them is, further reminding her just how much of her former life she doesn’t remember. Another demon crosses her path during her investigation, and instead of battling her to the death, he proposes a deal that will help her discover much of her past, a deal that she reluctantly takes.


Observations

Normally I’m not one for comic stories involving demonic possession and tragic pasts—my own experiences reading DC’s Grifter and Voodoo have certainly soured me on that type of story—but I’m quite intrigued with the development of Elisa and just how well she handles it. Whereas other characters might give a quip in battle while planning some outrageous strategy in their internal monologue, our Ghost just takes the demons literally head-on. I am not sure if this is the only time a comic book heroine has head-butted a big, ugly demon as a fighting tactic, but it certainly is the only time I’ve observed it, and I give great kudos to Kelly Sue and Chris for doing so.

I also feel that while the tragic past heroine has been done before—extensively, in a variety of medium and genres—the characterization of Elisa gives her something different that I haven’t seen before: a personal vendetta. Many heroes do the good deed for the sake of being good, or for making up for a past wrong that brought about tragic consequences, but Elisa’s experiences seem to be focused extensively on taking back what was once hers, regardless of how it seems to affect others around her. She’s somewhat selfish but still does her best to not endanger others; such a shame that it never seems to happen the way she wants it to. Having never read the original series, or the more recent works as redone by Dark Horse, I’m unfamiliar with much of her backstory beyond what I’ve been able to find on the Internet; however, what I’ve seen in this comic so far has really given be hopes about the future of it, and I cannot wait to see what the tragic past has in store for the future of our heroine and the deal she has struck.

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