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Last year for our fourth anniversary I spoke with Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham, the creative team behind Five Ghosts. After running a successful Kickstarter campaign, the duo was preparing for the launch of the miniseries at Image Comics.
And here we are a year later and a lot has happened with Five Ghosts, which has gone from a five-issue miniseries to an ongoing series. I caught up with Barbiere to discuss the comic’s success, their plans for future issues and more. Also watch for my separate interview with Barbiere about The White Suits, a comic he and Toby Cypress are launching at Dark Horse.
It’s time once again for our monthly trip through Previews looking for cool, new comics. We’ve each picked the five comics we’re most anticipating in order to create a list of the best new stuff coming out two months from now.
As usual, please feel free to play along in the comments. Tell us what we missed that you’re looking forward to or – if you’re a comics creator – mention your own stuff.
Comic Book Creator #1 (TwoMorrows, $8.95): I still fondly remember the now-defunct Comic Book Artist magazine from years ago, and now the creator of that magazine, Jon Cooke returns with a new 80-page offering to take its place. With a first issue filled with Jack Kirby, Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, this is a must-read for me.
Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet #1 (Dynamite, $3.99): Waid has been having a career renaissance, in terms of recognition at least, and that led to getting his name on the title of this new revamp of Dynamite’s Green Hornet line (art is by Daniel Indero). I dig the creator, I dig the character, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens when the two collide.
The Secret History of Marvel Comics HC (Fantagraphics, $35.00): I’ve been looking forward to this one since I first heard about it. Blake Bell looks at the non-comics material being published by the company that would one day become Marvel Comics, including pulp and girlie mag work by Jack Kirby, Bill Everett and Dan DeCarlo. It’s like the perfect companion for Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story!
Star Wars: Legacy — Prisoner of the Floating World #1 (Dark Horse, $2.99): As if the Brian Wood series wasn’t enough to get me back into Star Wars comics, now we get a new series from the Planet of the Apes team of Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman? If these are the final days of Dark Horse’s Star Wars license as many are rumoring, then they’re definitely going out with a bang.
Wake Up, Percy Gloom HC (Fantagraphics, $24.99): I fell madly in love with Cathy Malkasian’s beautiful Percy Gloom graphic novel a few years back, which was as beautiful as it was unexpected, so there is little to no way that I am not eagerly anticipating this follow-up. For those who like gorgeously-illustrated, melancholy and touching books: This is for you.
Last spring Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham raised enough money on Kickstarter to self-publish the first issue of Five Ghosts, the story of a 1930s treasure hunter “haunted” by five familiar-looking ghosts. Fabian Gray is able to use each of their abilities, so essentially he has the powers and knowledge of Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Musashi and Dracula at his disposal.
The comic proved to be a success for the duo at the New York Comic-Con, where it debuted, and soon after Five Ghosts was picked up by Image Comics. The first issue will be re-released in March, followed by the rest of the five-issue miniseries. I spoke with the duo about the book, its move to Image and much more; my thanks to both of them for answering my questions.
Writer Frank J. Barbiere and artist Chris Mooneyham will debut their comic Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabran Gray at New York Comic Con, which begins Thursday at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
Offered as an ashcan at Comic-Con International, Five Ghosts centers on treasure hunter Fabian Gray who, after coming in contact with an artifact known as “the Dreamstone,” becomes possessed by five literary ghosts, each with his own ability: The Wizard (Merlin), The Archer (Robin Hood), The Detective (Sherlock Holmes), The Samurai (Musashi) and The Vampire (Dracula).
Check out a preview of Five Ghosts below. The 32-page comic will be available for $4.99 from Barbiere and Mooneyham at their table (#BB7) at New York Comic Con.