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Jim Henson's Storyteller: Ghosts #4
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Maturity Rating: 5+
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release Date: August 5, 2020
A grandmother tries to keep her promise as the god of death haunts her ways.
“The Promise” Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #4
The final issue of the ghosts’ tales is here in Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #4. Another one-shot short story of the supernatural arrives for a gut-wrenching page turn and delightful tale to read in the dark. Writer/artist VER brings us on an adventure through the dark. A grandmother’s promise will not be broken as she wards off evil spirits with her lantern’s light. A tale that will bring light and darkness into your heart awaits in Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #4.
Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #3 got me infatuated with this series, so I was very excited to pick up issue #4. Each issue has a different creator telling a one-shot folklore/ghost story in the Jim Henson’s Storyteller format. They have a nice scary, yet still kid-friendly, type tone, and I was excited to see what story VER told for the final issue of the series.
VER tells the tale of “The Promise”. It has a wonderful eerie, ominous tone from the start of the issue as we find an older lady trudging through the woods warding off creatures with her lantern’s light. She is looking to keep a promise to see her family, but these odd creatures look to stop her from keeping it.
VER does a great job with this supernatural/folklore type tale. It is a really well-done one-and-done story and just fits right in with the style and theme of this series. There are some great page turns in this issue—some that I can see scaring kids and adults. VER does a superb job of pacing the issue.
VER has a great animated-type styling for Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #4. It has a bit more of that “digital” type vibe to it (I know just about everyone does their stuff digital now). It just has that more digital feel with the lines and coloring. This is not an overall bad thing; that is just the style.
I am usually more averse to this style. It is just not my personal favorite, more so the coloring than anything else. It works well with the Jim Henson type theme, though, as it brings a tiny bit of a more lighthearted feel to the story. Not that there are not some scary visuals and sequences in this comic. There are certainly a few that will haunt your dreams. But VER’s style does bring the “edge” off a bit from being too overtly horrific.
VER does some great character designs in this issue. Wonderful job of building a setting just from the way the character dresses. We know a variable time period just from the character. Also, these creatures are fantastically done, and look fantastic, as well.
Honestly not much to say about Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Ghosts #4. If you liked the other issues you will like this one. If you enjoy short stories about folklore mixed with supernatural then you definitely need to check this issue (and the other three) out. VER does a great job of capturing the essence of this series and you will not be disappointed. This is going to make a great collection for kids and adults that I hope they have out in time for Halloween this year!
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