30. Ghosted Vol. 1: Haunted Heist by Joshua Williamson

Ghosted Vol. 1: Haunted Heist by Joshua Williamson. Art by Goran Sudzuka   (buy)
Ghosted (Vol. 1)

Rating: (5/5)

Dec 17 2013, Image Comics, 144 pgs

Ages: (18+)

"Jackson T. Winters is one of the greatest criminal masterminds to ever live…except he’s rotting in jail after his last doomed score. But when a filthy rich collector breaks Winters out, he’s tasked to put together an elite team of paranormal experts to do the impossible: steal a ghost from a haunted house of horrors!

Skybound’s horror/crime mash-up is equal parts Ocean’s 11 and The Shining, by writer JOSHUA WILLIAMSON (MASKS AND MOBSTERS, Captain Midnight) and artist GORAN SUDZUKA (OUTLAW NATION, Y: The Last Man)!

Collects GHOSTED #1-5."

Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley.

I loved this!  It is being compared to Ocean's 11 meets The Shining which are pretty big shoes to fill but it is a fair comparison.  This is a haunted mansion story, with long empty corridors that  have doors opening to who knows where (ala The Shining) and Jackson T. Winters is a brilliant criminal who gathers together his own eclectic crew members to pull off the heist (ala Ocean's 11).  I loved the story; it was a solid, entertaining ghost/horror story with a twist ending.  But I especially liked the characters, the crew, and that  not everyone makes it out alive.  With this being volume 1, I thought this story would continue on but it appears this will be Winters first "case" in his new strange profession.  The ending gives us no clue as to where Winters will go next but I'm looking forward to seeing where this progresses.  Will he call back the old crew or will he have to gather a new crew for the particulars of the next case?