Tales from the Darkest Depths of Folklore; Hungry Ghosts #1 Review
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writers: Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose
Artists: Alberto Ponticelli, Vanesa Del Rey
When I heard that my idol, legendary Celebrity Chef, writer, and world traveler Anthony Bourdain created a comic book mini-series, I jumped at the chance to see what the fuss was about. What I saw was truly a feast (no pun intended). Hungry Ghosts is a perfect blend of great literary skill and artistic perfection. This isn’t a superhero tale by any means. No capes, cowls, utility belts, or power rings will be found here. What you will find, however are tales that come from the darkest depths of folklore from across the globe. Hungry Ghosts #1 is definitely a hit, proving once again why Dark Horse Comics is my favorite publisher.
The writing team of Bourdain and Joel Rose does a great job in setting the scene very well. The book is written in a horror anthology style which suits Bourdain’s trademark narration style perfectly. I could almost hear Anthony’s voice in the narration as if I were watching an episode of Parts Unknown. You can tell the gentlemen have really done their homework when it comes to the material. The Gashadokuro that appears in one of the stories is depicted amazingly right down to the eerie “gachi gachi” sound.
Even though you can tell the difference between the artists within the three tales of Hungry Ghosts, they both surprisingly achieve the same exact effect. Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Ray each have their own gritty but effective style of art that lends itself well to horror stories. Very similar to one of my favorite artists John Romita Jr. Del Ray and Ponticelli’s work seems simplistic to the casual reader, but the sharp lines and expressive eyes each artist renders can grip you as effectively as a jump-scare in any modern horror flick.
Anthony Bourdain proves yet again he can do no wrong. A modern day King Midas, it seems like everything he gets his hands on takes off in a major way! Bravo to Dark Horse Comics for giving this gem the green light. I can’t wait to see what other tales of horror will unfold for this mini-series.
Anthony Bourdain proves yet again he can do no wrong. A modern day King Midas, it seems like everything he gets his hands on takes off in a major way!