I don’t think I’ve ever read a “bad” Cullen Bunn book. I also don’t think I’ve ever read a “meh” book by Bunn either. There’s no denying that Bunn is clearly a master of modern horror, where he finds constant sources of inspiration to twist and turn his tales of terror (who hurt him?) is terrifying. Which is why I’m thoroughly excited to dive into the newest Bunn-tastic Book from Boom! Studios.
Ghostlore #1 (Boom! Studios)
By: Cullen Bunn, Leomacs, Jason Wordie, Ed Dukeshire with special contributions from Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree.
Releases May 10, 2023
Before I break the story down, can I say GODDAMN THESE ARE SOME COOL COVERS. You know I’m going absolutely wild for the bottom two from Jenny Frison, I’m going to try my damnedest to get both of them, even if I have to pay an arm and a leg if they’re ratio variants.
We’ve all heard of ghost stories…but what ghost stories to the ghost themselves tell?
After a deadly accident, estranged father and daughter Lucas and Harmony Agate can see the dead–an overwhelming amount of them. Each one with their own warnings, cries for help, and malevolence alike. But the pastor and his daughter aren’t the only ones with this haunting ability; there are other nearly-deads, some of which have malicious intentions…
There are a couple of things I can already draw from these 5 preview pages that make me fall in love. First, I want to see the dynamic of the angsty teen and her pastor father play out, especially before the accident. I think Bunn is pulling from a social trope which works, and I can’t wait to see how the upcoming accident adds to the tension!
Second, the growing brambles which show up in the even panels on page 1 and then slowly expand throughout the background of the rest of the pages, show something ominous. Is this the path of the dead we may see? They do have an ominous “ley lines” vibe to them. I really think this artistic touch helps show the spoopy things to come.
Finally, look at that last panel. Seeing the in-action head turning of the daughter whilst driving, also makes me wonder if we’ll see some of the same stylings as we deal with our other-worldly spectres in the final pages.
All in all, I think this looks to be another smash success from Bunn and the rest of the crew! Order it now before you miss out!!!