REVIEW :: Haunt #1-2

December 11, 2009 at 12:10 pm By:

haunt_01-fc_420pxI’m digging Haunt — the new series from Image Comics by Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane … although, after reading the first two issues, I wasn’t so sure I would enjoy it.

Of course, the art in Haunt — a strange hybrid of Greg Capullo’s layouts, Ryan Ottley’s pencils and McFarlane’s inks — is clean, fluid, creepy and, in general, top notch. But, from a story perspective, issues No. 1 and No. 2 jumped a little too quickly into the tale of a spy who is murdered but comes back to the land of the living as a ghost with the ability to inhabit his living brother’s body. Sure comic book readers are willing to suspend disbelief a little more than the average pop culture consumer, but a few extra pages to flesh out such a paranormal situation would have been nice … and a little more believable.

With this latest issue, however, I’ve come to the conclusion that Haunt is best enjoyed over the course of a few comics. The main characters, who came off a little too two-dimensional at first, are starting to seem more human — and that humanity can do nothing but help a book that’s rooted in otherworldly stuff. The cast is also getting filled out a little more with heroes and villains, and that gives the two Haunt brothers some other folks to trade dialogue with on a monthly basis.

So, I’ll be sticking around this title for the foreseeable future. Pick a copy for yourself if you haven’t done so already.

Carlton Hargro is editor-in-chief of Charlotte’s Creative Loafing free weekly paper. You can read more of his reviews at the paper’s Comic Proportions blog.

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