Five Ghosts #1

Five Ghosts #1

Writer: Frank J. Barbiere Artist: Chris Mooneyham Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 20, 2013 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 2
8.5Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

After a tragic encounter with an artifact known as "The Dreamstone," infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray was possessed by five literary ghosts and has been granted access to their unique abilities.

Join writer FRANK J. BARBIERE and artist CHRIS MOONEYHAM for the most exciting debut of 2013 as they introduce you to a unique world full of action, black magic, exotic locales, and literary allusion!

  • 10
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Mar 20, 2013

    If you enjoy a good hero's tale but need a break from mainstream superhero fare, or you simply want something different from the rest of the comics out there, be sure to pick up a copy of Frank J. Barbiere's and Chris Mooneyham's Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #1. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Mar 19, 2013

    People looking for that next big thing, you might want to gaze this way. Five Ghosts has everything in it that a comic should have and then some. If you're wanting to try something a little different, but classic, check out this series pronto. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Ed Allen Mar 20, 2013

    Five Ghosts: the Haunting of Fabian Gray #1 is an outstanding start to what promises to be a thrilling miniseries. Barbiere’s characters are interesting, with believable dialogue and interactions, and his plot is utterly compelling. I’m genuinely looking forward to reading the next issue. With 32 gorgeously illustrated story pages, this comic represents excellent value for money compared to the mainstream superhero monthlies and I’d be surprised to hear from anyone who didn’t enjoy it. Strongly recommended for anyone who enjoys good comics and since you’re reading this that probably means you. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Sam LeBas May 24, 2013

    "Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray" #3 continues to prove the viability of the creative forces behind the title. This book represents an homage to the stories that define us, and invites us to consider what our investment in those stories might mean. Following Fabian on his quest to understand his power, give us the opportunity to examine our own links to the stories we carry within us. While the book is an action story, an adventure thriller, and a tale of mystery; at it's heart, it is a love story. "Five Ghosts," reminds us what we love about being readers, what it feels like to dream or imagine, and how that capacity unites all of us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Elkin Mar 25, 2013

    While this book isn't groundbreaking in storytelling or presentation, it is what it is, and what it is " is fun, a throwback to adventure tales of old with just enough off-kilter funk to keep it dancing new steps. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - J.R. Johnson Mar 24, 2013

    Writer Frank Barbiere and artist Chris Mooneyham don't have to worry this week, they can close their eyes, open their arms as wide as they can and embrace all the appreciation for the goodness they have constructed. This was a solid start for the five-issue mini-series from Image Comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Mar 24, 2013

    The fact that Five Ghosts is a limited series, despite this being a character with seemingly endless potential is intriguing on its own. While obviously this isn't meant to be Fabian Gray's first mission, there is a certain feeling, given his current predicament, that it could turn out to be his last if things don't all break exactly right. Which is, in a way, kind of how it goes for new characters these days, ain't it? But if this first issue (and the buzz surrounding it) is any indication, I don't think we have to worry too much about Fabian Gray. I think we'll be hearing a lot more from him, Frank J. Barbiere, and Chris Mooneyham in the future! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Oct 11, 2012

    I don't think I can recommend this issue enough. So far as highly stylized comics go, this one's confident and fresh, pairing up its strong aesthetic with a unique concept and a fun and fast paced storyline. And all the while, you can feel good about supporting an independently produced comic. Everybody wins! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Hansel Moreno Mar 19, 2013

    Where Frank J. Barbiere is weaving this story full of intrigue, suspense and fantasy, Chris Mooneyham is pacing the narrative perfectly well, with deep shadows, dark colours and intensely filled panels. The book has a very European feel to it as well. Barbiere & Mooneyham have created an amazing first issue in what is set to be a great series, a real love affair of work. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Mar 20, 2013

    This first issue has all the ingredients for a potentially great comic series, an original idea, an exciting opening sequence, action, romance, blood & guts, intriguing villains and an awesome cliff hanger ending. I absolutely loved it and waiting for the next 30 days will be unbearable. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Andrea Shockling Mar 20, 2013

    Mini-series let writers and artists create self-contained comics with an emphasis on action not exposition. I don't know how the premise ofFive Ghosts would hold up in an ongoing series, but the good news is I don't have to. Barbiere and Mooneyam have five opportunities to tell their story. You'd be wise to add the first chapter to your list this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Mar 25, 2013

    John Carter meets Phileas Fogg and Doc Savage. For all those who yearn for a pure escapist adventure, your prayers have been answered. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Mar 25, 2013

    Overall, the series is one I went into not expect much, and came out blown away. It's fun, entertaining and action packed, just like how I like my pulp adventures. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 23, 2013

    Five Ghosts originally was kickstarter funded but it is now in print. Whether you've read this or not I believe the paper copy is something to check out. It's a good story with good character work and looks fantastic. Action, suspense, science fiction and little bit of espionage makes for a great comic package. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Zach Woolf Mar 23, 2013

    I have tried out a few different pulp comics, each withvaryingdegrees of enjoyment, but none of those have grabbed me likeFive Ghosts #1 has. Individually, the writing and art are above average, so when placed together a read can expect to be drawn completely into the story. I'm expecting great things from this series and eagerly await the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - geeksunleashed Mar 19, 2013

    Five Ghosts is one good looking pulp adventure comic, on a par with Franceso Francavilla's The Black Beetle. For those of us that missed out on the Kickstarter, Image Comics have made Five Ghosts available to the masses, something which, as readers, we should be grateful for. This is great storytelling and Barbiere weaves plot strands which will bear delicious fruit. There's also an incredibly well designed and realised pentagram towards the back of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 22, 2013

    This isn't the best book to come out recently, but it's got enough mystery to keep me interesting at least until issue 2 which is better than a lot of books out there today. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Mar 25, 2013

    Despite this criticism, Barbiere and Mooneyham's "Five Ghosts" #1 is a successful debut issue that comfortably draws readers in. Mooneyham's art is skillfully moody, with spacious backgrounds that are easy on the eye. With so much going on, the clarity and dramatic tension of Barbiere and Mooneyham's work is impressive. I just wish the substance was as meaty as the style. Overall, the mythology of Gray's power/affliction is interesting enough that I'm curious to see where "Five Ghosts" goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GreyMouser Apr 17, 2013

    . . $3.50,32pgs! Great 2nd print cover. almost no ADs. . . . Very noir and pulpy, which sometimes makes the art a bit stiff but creates a wonderful mood, environment and mystery. Dialog and characters are written well, and Fabian's curse is fairly compelling. Plenty of development for one issue, and things move along nicely. Art of this style offen is not my style, but i found i enjoyed Mooneyham's efforts here.

  • 8.5
    br0ther3ye May 15, 2014

    One of the best surprises from the last year.

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