The Doctor, Grant, Lucy and Jennifer continue to track down the remaining gemstones but an old foe stands in their way.
Following on from part one, The Doctor inspires Grant to help The Smoke rediscover who he was before, but it’s his stepdaughter, Jennifer, who truly turns The Smoke back into a man again. With one gemstone recovered, The Doctor takes Grant and his family to Nixtus III to recover the last remaining two. But a familiar adversary prevents them from completing their mission.
Writer George Mann brings tension between The Ghost and The Smoke by having Lucy narrate the events happening in front of her. It’s an engaging tool that is pushed further by the emotional connection between her and Grant.
The writing style is sharp and subtly hints at hidden layers of The Doctor and Grant. As the story moves forward, the script develops with energy and great characterisation. Grant develops over the course of the story, mainly with the Doctor’s encouragement. His role follows along the lines of inspiring teacher, showcasing the development of his friendship with Grant.
Lucy and Jennifer end up on a different path which is a successful way of developing their characters to prove that they are not just an extension of Grant. They are their own characters with their own motivations.
Artist Pasquale Qualano and Colourist Dijjo Lima bring a bright smoothness to the story. The soft inks and simple details of the characters and the city of Nixtus III provide a creative originality to the aesthetic. The dimensions are a fitting addition to the elements and the angles give a reflective view of reality.
The second part to Ghost Stories keeps the momentum going with interesting character development, sharp dialogue, colourful and impressive artwork and an awesome cliff-hanger that leaves you wanting more!
Blogtor Rating 8/10