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Review – Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #3 (BOOM! Studios)

Jim Henson's Storyteller: Ghosts #3
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Jim Henson's Storyteller: Ghosts #3

Writer: Michael Walsh
Artist: Michael Walsh
Letterer: Jim Campbell
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Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release: July 1, 2020

An Irish Myth about a boy, life, death, and a banshee. One wish that could change everything. Michael Walsh brings this haunting tale to life in Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #3…

 

“Death in the Family” Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #3

 

BOOM! Studios release the third issue (of four) in their anthology series based on the famed Jim Henson television series with Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #3. I did not have a clue about what Jim Henson’s Storyteller was? An Emmy winning television show. I just saw the title with Ghosts and that beautiful Michael Walsh cover and I was all in!

So, what we get with these “Storyteller” comics is a short story based on legends or folklore, for this four-part series they are all obviously about Ghosts. BOOM! has released other Storyteller comics featuring Witches, Dragons, Giants, and Fairies. Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #3 features a rather macabre story about a boy’s fear of being alone and death in his family. It is a shocking, yet the sweet tale of a young child dealing with life and death. It is a haunting little tale of Irish Folktale brought to life by Michael Walsh.

Writing

JIM HENSON STORYTELLER GHOSTS #3 (OF 4) CVR A WALSH (Boom! Studios)
JIM HENSON STORYTELLER GHOSTS #3 (OF 4) CVR A WALSH (Boom! Studios)

I am a big fan of Michael Walsh’s art, I am not sure if I have ever read any of his writing though? He handles all the writing and art duties in Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #3. The tale in the issue is a pretty straight forward short story. It has a solid beginning, middle, and end to it. The issue does go by extremely fast.  It is a quick read.

Walsh does a great job of making this a nice kid-friendly scary story. It may be a little “gory” visually, but the story itself could be well taken in by maybe a little older kids. Plus I think it’s a good opening dialogue about, family, life, and death. It hits all the sweet spots for me for a more “kid” friendly scary story. I mean for one it is creepy, but it also has a bit of sweetness to it as well. It also has a homely narrative to it and a nice lesson for kids and adults to learn from it.

Art

As noted I am a fan of Michael Walsh’s art and after seeing his name and that cover on Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #3 I was checking this out. His cover work for Jughead: The Hunger and interior work from the one-shot issue remains some of my all-time favorite stuff! He is a great visual storyteller and I guess that is what makes this issue such a quick read. There is not a ton of dialogue and Walsh’s art tells most of the story.

His style in this is a bit more animated and brings a more “storybook” type essence to this issue. It is suited perfectly well for the theme of this series. Great detailed work throughout the issue. His characters look great and he catches the atmosphere of the story so well. He tones down his horror visuals a little. In that, there are some pretty scary images in the issue, but he does not make them overtly gory were he well could have. 

I think the key thing Walsh does for the story in Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #3 is his coloring work. Some tremendous mood setting with his coloring in this issue. From the eerie black, blue,s and purples as the young boy explore some decrepit woods, to some sullen blues and yellows throughout the issue.

Conclusion

I enjoyed my time with Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #3. It makes me want to pick up the other two issues and awaiting the 4th and final one as well. It also has me wanting to pick up the other books and maybe even checking out the show. I guess the only minor complaint is that it does feel very short. I feel it may service the series better when all four short stories in the anthology are collected. But this short story, in particular, reminds me of things like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and such great haunting collections from my childhood. So, if you are looking for something in that vein then check out Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #3.


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