In this weeks episode I will be discussing a pulp themed comic book collection, Five Ghosts Volume 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray. It is written by Frank J. Barbiere and the art is by Chris Mooneyham. S.M. Vidaurri and Lauren Affe are the colorists. The logo and graphic design are by Dylan Todd. It is published by Image Comics.
Five Ghosts Volume 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray was published in 2014 and it collects Five Ghosts #1-5. The regular price for this collections is only $9.99, which is cheaper than buying these in individual issues. The price comes out to only $2.00 an issue before tax, which is a nice bargain, and a great way of introducing readers to a new series.
The premise of Five Ghosts is a cool take on a classic concept going back to characters such as Mimic from Marvel Comics (who could take the powers of five different characters at a time) and Amazo from DC Comics (who had all the powers of the Justice League) and the 1970’s Captain Action toys (where Captain Action could transform into various comic book and TV heroes).
The lead character in Five Ghosts, Fabian Gray has similar abilities. His abilities are more similar to Mimic and Amazo as his physical appearance doesn’t change all that much during the process, but he can summon the abilities of five different literary ghosts. The Five Ghosts are: The Archer, The Wizard, The Detective, The Samurai, and the Vampire. Although these literary ghosts aren’t named, it appears they are meant to be: Robin Hood, Merlin, Sherlock Holmes, Miyamato Musashi, and Dracula. He is able to do this via a chunk of Dreamstone that is lodged in his chest.