Five Ghosts Volume 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray
by Frank J. Barbiere
Cover Artist: Chris Mooneyham
Review by Gayle Surrette
Image Comics Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781607067900
Date: 01 October 2013 List Price $9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Gray is having blackouts from using the stone and these blackouts are preceded with some pretty impressive magical, electrical, or kinetic effects. Pretty quickly in the story, we learn that someone, most likely a very evil someone, wants the stone and doesn't care how he gets it, because he wants that power.
Gray and his friend follow clues to find other Dreamstone possessors, and run into plenty of adventures until they find a clue to someone who may be able to help Gray control the power of his stone. There's a race to learn control before the person or persons dogging his steps catches up to Gray with deadly results.
The artwork is interesting and in some places impressionistic enough that the characters are a bit difficult to track and/or recognize. But since our heroes are usually doing the 'right' thing you can usually figure things out. As the scenes change, the color palette changes, making it easier to follow the main story movement through time and place.
I found the story a bit derivative but it was still interesting enough to keep me reading and there were a few surprises as well as a couple of threads that didn't get tied off.