Wednesday, September 05, 2018

REVIEW: Gun Ghoul: Raising the Dead

Bounding Into Comics reviews Gun Ghoul: Raising the Dead and gives it a 9/10 rating!
Gun Ghoul: Raising the Dead collects Gun Ghoul issues #1-4. I really enjoyed issue #1 when I reviewed it a while back and I was anxiously looking forward to being able to finish the story to see how things panned out. There were some characters I wanted some more backstory on and some events I wanted to see some resolution for. While this first collected graphic novel didn’t explain everything I was hoping for, it’s still a great read and lays the groundwork for what will hopefully become a fully realized universe.

Fans of revenge stories (like me) will have a great time with Gun Ghoul. The story revolves around a supernatural vigilante, the titular Gun Ghoul, who is picking off various mob and crime bosses. The police are pretty much helpless when it comes to tracking him down, which also allows some of them to question whether or not they should even be trying to stop him as he seems to be kind of doing their job for them. Crime bosses are scared, police are baffled, and justice is being meted out in a way that seems VERY familiar, but what keeps this story fresh and engaging is the fun supernatural aspect as well as a host of genuinely great characters.
Read the whole thing there. Then get the 116-page print edition at Dark Legion Direct.

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Blogger pyrrhus September 05, 2018 12:20 PM  

O/T Jim's Blog claims that EVS has filed suit against you (which Jim disparages)...I take it this is false?!

Blogger James Dixon September 05, 2018 12:30 PM  

Since I stopped reading Marvel comics before Deadpool became a thing, I can't speak to the similarity between him and Crimson Hood. Otherwise it seems a fair review.

Blogger VD September 05, 2018 12:35 PM  

I take it this is false?!

Entirely. Ethan has now publicly conceded ComicsGate to me.

Blogger DJ | AMDG September 05, 2018 12:39 PM  

It’s easy to compare known heroes to knew ones and it’s helpful in explaining new heroes power, but I try not to do that if I actually like the new hero. I think artists, even if they know it’s impossible, still wish their hero could stand on its own. That being said the Gun Ghoul is not like the DCs RedHood. He is more like the love child of Kitty Pride and a Ghost Rider possessed Frank Castle.

I really liked it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blogger VD September 05, 2018 12:49 PM  

They're talking about the villain Crimson Hood, not the Gun Ghoul there.

Blogger Ingot9455 September 05, 2018 12:50 PM  

Eh - Deadpool was a gentle ribbing on Slade Wilson - the Terminator. Ripped off the name to 'Wade Wilson', Slade has a healing factor and Wade has a super-healing-factor, Wade uses two guns where Slade used 1, uses 2 swords where Slade used 1, Slade is dashingly handsome while Wade is horrifically ugly, and so on. But it grew from there when the authors started having more fun with him than they should have been allowed to have and that made things roll.

Just at a glance, I don't see the same similarities with Crimson Hood. He looks more like he has a cartoony ghost face or ectoplasm under the hood or something, and sounds completely different in terms of capabilities.
Red Hood is also a Batman thing with a long history that doesn't link up at all except for red on the costume up top.

Blogger Constantin September 05, 2018 12:55 PM  

I really like the premise. Will definitely check it out.

Blogger DJ | AMDG September 05, 2018 1:00 PM  

I misread that. I liked Crimson Hood. Pretty Unique all around. Flippant but not like Deadpool. Not crazy either like Joker. Arrogant af but clearly aware when in trouble. His hood reminded me of the Inhuman Medusa’s red hair but he’s clearly got some psionic/spiritual thing going on. I look forward to learning more about power origins in future books. That was one thing I liked better that Marvel did in contrast to DC. Marvel created fairly discernible hero types which automatically gave us at least an understanding of how they got their powers. DC never really did that opting instead for the all inclusive “meta” monikers.

Blogger DJ | AMDG September 05, 2018 1:12 PM  

Love that story about Deadpool being an obvious Deathstroke rip off. And it worked, too! The story element of Deathstroke I never understood was his obsession with the Teen Titans. It always felt...awkward.

Blogger RandyB September 05, 2018 1:34 PM  

Slade's first son. Grant, tried to follow in Slade's footsteps by taking a contract on the Titans. He failed. Slade took the contract out of mercenary honor.

Of course, this was several crises/ resets ago. Who knows what the motivation is now.

Blogger Wolfman September 05, 2018 1:53 PM  

Slightly OT: LCS unboxing damaged product. Rant from 1:25-4:00 is quite enjoyable.

Blogger PJW Gent September 05, 2018 2:23 PM  

I waited for the CH print edition since that should give Will a better return than getting the Amazon Kindle versions.

Blogger Duh-ave September 05, 2018 2:57 PM  

Got mine ordered. Thanks!

Blogger Cetera September 05, 2018 3:16 PM  

Just to clarify, the Gun Ghoul graphic novel is all 4 of the ebook editions, correct? No more, no less?

Blogger Matthew September 05, 2018 3:36 PM  

Cetera wrote:Just to clarify, the Gun Ghoul graphic novel is all 4 of the ebook editions, correct? No more, no less?

The paperback also contains several alternate covers.

Blogger VD September 05, 2018 4:08 PM  

Just to clarify, the Gun Ghoul graphic novel is all 4 of the ebook editions, correct? No more, no less?

Basically. There are a few extra images.

Blogger Cetera September 05, 2018 4:14 PM  

VD wrote:Just to clarify, the Gun Ghoul graphic novel is all 4 of the ebook editions, correct? No more, no less?

Basically. There are a few extra images.

Good deal, and thanks for the clarification VD and Matt! I had only purchased the first digital edition so far. I'll use the paperback as additional leverage to try to get my local shop to sign up with Ingram, and then buy it through them.

Blogger OvergrownHobbit September 06, 2018 12:14 AM  

Very enjoyable read.The Alt-Hero universe is really shaping up nicely.

Come for the REEEEEs, stay for the stories.

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