Trust me: once you start this story, you won’t want to put it down.
In fact, binge reading the five episodes in this trade paperback is practically obligatory.
The story begins with Ghost, an assassin at the top of his game, who receives some distressing news.
As he grapples with his new reality, Ghost turns to his closest allies to help him sort things out.
Problem is, he realizes he can trust no one to help him out of his predicament.
The reader is introduced to the daily life of a killer for hire: the hideouts, the stashed goods, and the contingency plans, all while looking over his shoulder.
Ghost is on a mission – find out who set him up and why.
He embarks on a personal crusade to find the culprit, leaving an impressive number of bodies in his wake. The book is rife with violence. While not gratuitous, it’s enough to earn it a grownup’s piece of work.
Dead Man’s Party is also about relationships. It’s about friendships and a lifetime’s worth of professional acquaintances. It’s about who will stand by you when the chips are down or who will have your head for a prized possession.
The feel of the book is gritty as it explores the underbelly of society, striking an exposed nerve.
The story is fast-paced and there’s never a letup as it unfolds without a wasted panel.
The art style by Scott Barnett can best be described as photo realistic. While an uncommon style in comic books, it works well with the words provided by Jeff Marsick.
The team they make is reminiscent of the one made by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Dead Man’s Party has a definite noir thing going on.
“[T]he authenticity and passion found within the pages of Dead Man’s Party come as no surprise,” screenwriter Todd Farmer says in the book’s foreword. “This is a story that feels as though it was plucked from the dying lips of the man who actually lived it.
“It isn’t glamorous or filled with the colorful lights that surround Bond or Bourne,” he adds.
Fans of movies like The Transporter will definitely feel the adrenaline rush and the unexpected twist and turns of the plot.
At the very end of the book, the reader is left to desperately wonder what’s next in store for Ghost.
So, what exactly is a dead man’s party? Read and find out!