Monday, August 29, 2011

The Ghoul, by Steve Niles & Bernie Wrightson

(hb; 2010: graphic novel)

From the back cover:

"When Los Angeles Detective Lieutenant Lloyd Klimpt finds himself in the middle of a Hollywood mystery that falls way outside the norm, he knows he's going to need a different kind of help he's used to. He finds it in the bizarre form of the The Ghoul, a monstrous investigator with a reputation for solving the world's weirdest crimes."


The first story, "The Ghoul," has a solid, if familiar, action storyline, and great artwork by EC/Creepy (and legendary) Bernie Wrightson.

The second story, "My Ghoul," which is a prose story with a few illustrations by Wrightson, is more interesting: Kevin (aka "The Ghoul"), sans Klimpt, encounters a femme fatale, who may or may not provide answers to their mysterious, separate pasts. Excellent, open-ended, noir-true entry, this.

Worth checking out from the library, if possible. If not, The Ghoul is worth owning - as long as you can overlook the first stock tale, and don't pay full price for it.

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