Thursday, 6 February 2014

Haunt Volume 1 Review

Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artists: Greg Capullo & Ryan Ottley

How will Daniel Kilgore's life change when he merges with the ghost of his brother Kurt? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

ROBERT KIRKMAN and TODD McFARLANE present HAUNT! Based around two brothers, one a less than perfect priest, the other a government agent, the men struggle to get along, rarely agreeing on anything. An unexpected accident forces them to work together in ways they never thought possible. Struggling with his own personal demons, the priest begrudgingly works alongside the spirit of his recently deceased brother, who possesses him. Together, the brothers form a new superhero: Haunt.

When you get a series that is co-created by the Robert Kirkman (the creator of The Walking Dead, Invincible and many more) and Todd McFarlane (creator of Spawn and Image co-founder) there's a good chance that it's going to be good, and that's just what Haunt is. I first read the series not long after it launched and even re-reading it now the fantastic story still amazes me.

Although co-created by both Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane it's only Kirkman that writes the scripts for this volume. Kirkman does a terrific job of introducing all the key characters in this volume, as well as giving some exciting events as well. It is however the way that Kirkman puts the concept across in this volume that interests me the most, as despite one of them being a ghost the history between them adds a lot to their characteristics. Kirkman also shows the development of Haunt as a character brilliantly as well, as despite the similarities to McFarlane's most well known creation Spawn, Haunt proves to be a exciting character.

The art in the volume was shared between two fabulous artists, with Greg Capullo creating the layouts and Ryan Ottley producing the pencils. Added to this Todd McFarlane's marvellous inks along with FCO Plascencia wonderful colours and this has to be one of the best art teams ever assembled. The detail and layout of the art is simply breathtaking, with Capullo's the layouts being some of the most exciting and boldest that I've ever seen. Ottley also showed the characters expressions and emotions perfectly as well, with the sequence revealing Daniel and Kurt’s history being very impactful. Capullo and Ottley also give some of the mind blowing exciting action I’ve ever seen as well, with the explosive nature of Haunt adding a lot of excitement.

Haunt is a wonderful tale that shows how a supernatural occurrence can bring two estranged brothers closer together. It's also action packed and a extremely entertaining read and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 9/10