Things finally get exciting in the horror comic series ‘Night of the Ghoul’ by Scott Snyder! Issue 3 explores historical roots of the titular demon. However, issue 2 begins with poster-like panel of horror movie director T .F Meritt screaming and pointing out to a man who is supposedly the ghoul!
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Forest Innman and his son get busted by the sanatorium authorities, who figure out they were lying about their motives. The art and colors by Francesco Francavilla are striking, his usage of black-and-white panels for flashback scenes give the pages a very nostalgic newspaper comic strips appearance. Snyder steadily builds suspense around the true identity of the ghoul and introduces a classic character trope in issue 3 – a professor who is well-versed in the subject of ancient demons.
It feels like the issue gets over even before it begins, but at least the horror elements are more pronounced and the mood gets significantly ominous. The last page of issue 3 ends in the kind of cliffhanger that will frustrate readers if they don’t have immediate access to next comic in the series. Issue 4 sheds further light on the ghoul, along with details on how to get rid of it.
The dual narrative continues – while a young T.F Meritt works on saving his father from the clutches of the ghoul in the past; Forest Innman and his son seem to be in imminent danger in the present. Before you know it, issue 4 gets over in a blink too, leaving you wanting for more.
It’s a 3.5/5 from me.
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