The Action Lab Danger Zone title Ghost Town now has it's first arc collected into one neat paperback. Is it worth owning and getting started with the Ghost Town series? Find out here in Straight Forward Reviews.
Artist - Justin Greenwood (issue 1) Daniel Logan (issue 2 - 4)
Publisher - Action Lab
Review by Jeremias de Leon
Terrorists have taken over a time machine and sent bombs to unknown points in the future. One such bomb is set for D.C but no one knows when it will appear and go off.
The first issue details how the terrorists got the time machine and the set up for why Washington D.C is the way it is in the rest of the series. Starting with the second issue you enter into the life of Nate Lawson a man who will go into the predicted blast zone to retrieve things, for the right price of course. From here on there's quite a nice thriller story featuring crime lords, a woman, and Nate's mission to retrieve that woman for someone. There's a lot of tension around the story due to how run down D.C is and the impending threat of a nuclear bomb going off at some unknown time.
There's also plot twists. Plot twists, that are so unexpected you wonder if anybody is going to stay alive in the end at all.
Characterization is strong in this series. When you get to who the real, or seemingly, the main protagonist is you get a lot of developments that flesh him out and flesh the other characters and even the city out too. What's better is that it's pretty much all done during the story. Instead of flashbacks or heavy dialog the comic just has personalities and how the city's nature is revealed through the story. This method of having the characters reveal themselves "naturally" really helps the pacing as well which makes the comic more fun and not a chore at all to read. It also really gives a hook for reading the next issue so you can see just what the heck the characters are going to do next.
Both artists runs on this series were well done. The first artist on the first issue had a gritty style that really worked well with the dark story, especially with how dark the first issue. In the second issue on when it focuses on specific characters in the seemingly doomed Washington, D.C the artist uses a stylized dynamic look. Both look great and both serve the story well.
The cons in this first arc of the series are that the story seems a tad bit confusing. The premise is not hard to follow, neither are the characters exploits but at first I have to admit I wasn't sure who the characters were exactly save for the main character. The pros are that this is a very mature story that has well written characters and a premise that's intriguing and makes for a nice thriller. If you want a good thriller with the kind of plot twists that may make you yell "why would they do that?" then this is right up your alley. I give Ghost Town volume 1 a 9 out of 10.