- Series: Five Ghosts (Book 2)
- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (July 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607069814
- ISBN-13: 978-1607069812
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My only complaints are that they don't utilize some of the plot aspects to their fullest potential, like some of the "ghosts" in particular. For instance, the Detective is a pretty shallow aspect that they use in order to ascertain pretty basis things like a hole in a wall etc. I do have faith, however, that this will simply be a hurdle that they will overcome with more time and more issues.
Overall terrific series, can't wait until volume 3 drops!
I enjoyed this volume a lot! I found it far less confusing than the first and less rushed. Of course, this volume was much longer than the first, so we were able to get more content as well.
I really enjoyed learning about Fabian's past in this volume and how he and his sister had trained together once long ago. I also enjoyed that we were introduced to a new character named Jezebel, who also has dreamstone embedded in her face and also has a "ghost."
Again, I thought that the artwork and coloring was absolutely stunning. There were many pages where the artwork guided the story, which I always love.
My favorite line:
We've all made deals with the devil. It's where we go from there that counts.
I could not put this volume down! I cannot wait to get my hands on Volume 3.
While we do get some insights into Fabian's past that are very interesting, they end up painting him, in a nutshell, as a backstabbing murderer...??? Even though we also apparently see that he dislikes killing, at least at that point in his life. So why the cheap murder, apparently of someone he lived with and regarded highly, just to obtain the dreamstone? And then *gasp* the shock and pain he demonstrates when the brother of the murdered friend and mentor of Fabian himself decides to hunt him down and kill him? "You don't have to do this ... this isn't the right way!" Why, yes, Fabian, I believe he does, and I'm also on his side. The book and its portrayal of Fabian leave you thinking that there must be some other explanation for his murder than greed, but it never surfaces. It really kind of leaves you questioning Fabian's character and whether that was the intent, or whether it was simply done poorly. You get no additional resolution in Book 3.
Also, while I think I prefer the more general subtlety of Fabian using most of his powers, I also find them rather lacking an uninspired. When he has to throw something - cue Robin Hood. When he has to fight with a sword - cue the nameless Samurai. His wizard powers are primarily used for creating light or setting some small thing on fire (as if he couldn't simply use a match or a lighter). And Holmes ... should honestly go back to 221B Baker Street and lock the door. When the best employment of Sherlock's powers is to follow blatantly obvious footsteps, you have really sold yourself short.