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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ghost Stories








Title: Ghost Stories





ISBN: 1569710570


Price: $8.95


Publisher/Year: Dark Horse, 1995


Artist: Adam Hughes, Matt Haley


Writer: Jerry Prosser, Eric Luke, Steven Grant


Collects: Comics’ Arcadia
Week 3: Ghost
, Ghost Special, X #8





Rating: 3/5





She's a ghost who doesn't know who she was. She doesn't remember how
she died, or why. But she is compelled to learn who is responsible and take
vengeance.





Ghost Stories collects the early stories that introduced the character
to Dark Horse readers in 1993. She rode initially on the coattails of the
publisher's existing setting of Arcadia and the masked vigilante called X. Soon
enough, she was ready to stand on her own.





The insubstantial protagonist is difficult to see by those in her
presence; when she does appear, she appears in a ghostly white leather with
scooped cleavage -- as if seeing a ghost wasn't distracting enough! -- with a
hood and mantle. She teasingly notes that only her constant concentration keeps
her clothes from phasing through her and falling to the ground.





Those who see her, if they can tear their eyes away from her corset,
will also notice a pair of big handguns -- the bullets that fire from their transparent
barrels are all too real.





Her name, she learns, was Elisa Cameron, and she was a news reporter
who poked into things she should have left alone. The details are sketchy,
however; even finding her childhood home and seeing her parents and sister fail
to ignite even a hint of memory. Her quest for knowledge and revenge is at
times bloody, but her ghostly spirit lacks a conscience over such matters. She
certainly has a bone to pick with men in general.

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