Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Ghosts #2 Review

by Nick Devonald on May 19, 2020

Writer: Jennifer Rostowsky
Artist: Jennifer Rostowsky
Letters: Jim Campbell

In Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Ghosts #2 we have the second in our four part anthology of ghost stories. It follows the now familiar format with an intro and outro from our titular storyteller, with the rest of the story following a self contained ghost story. It’s a format that’s been tried and tested, and works really well. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Of course the real reason we’re here is for the ghost story, so how good is it? Good, is the answer, even if it doesn’t read like a typical ghost story. This is a tale of the classic spurned lover, and the lengths that they go to in an attempt to win their love back. It’s a story of greed, and vanity. It has the feel of a classic folk tale, a story with several clear morals. The ghost in question is an Ahp, mostly found in Cambodian folklore and is another way that this separates it from your typical ghost story.

The story and the art are both done by the talented Jennifer Rostowsky. It’s an impressive feat when there is only one artist solely responsible for all the art, inks, colours. Adding the writing to the mix as well is incredibly impressive. The comic tells the exact story it sets out to and is stronger for the fact the vision for the final product comes from one mind. The only part of the comic that Rostowsky wasn’t involved in was the letters from the consistently talented Jim Campbell.

One of the highlights of this comic is how it takes your expectations and crafts a finished product which flips your expectations on their head. The story works really well but it’s definitely fair to say when you think of a ghost story you don’t think of a classic folk story involving greed, vanity and unrequited love. Similarly it doesn’t fall into the category of classic horror which you might otherwise expect it to. But this is one of the strengths of this issue. It’s also one of the strengths of this series as an anthology as well.

Rostowsky’s art is really good, she has a style which you wouldn’t normally associate with horror, which is just as well since this comic is most definitely not a horror story. She has plenty of clean lines and bright colours which are exactly what the story tells for. It really does benefit from having one creative mind telling the whole story.

While we might only be two issues into our four part anthology both have been quite entertaining and different reads. Fans of Jim Henson’s Storyteller are sure to enjoy these stories, and if the quality continues then it promises good things to come. What’s most impressive about this issue is the fact that Jennifer Rostowsky managed to write, draw and colour it. The way that the readers expectations of a ghost story are flipped around to tell a totally different, but equally entertaining story, makes it feel fresh and exciting.

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