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Ghost Omnibus Volume 1

(Ghost I (Single issues) #1-12)

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Ghost Omnibus Volume 1 features over 300 story pages of one of Dark Horse's signature and most compelling characters. A complex tangle of mystery, vengeance, eroticism, and absolution, Ghost pushes the definition of "hero" to the farthest crumbling edge and includes a roster of top creative talents, including screenwriter Eric Luke and comics superstar artists Adam Hughes ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Dark Horse Books (first published October 12th 2004)
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Chad
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, hoopla
Ghost is a woman who died and can no longer remember her old life. She's a blank slate with anger issues. Now she takes out her vengeance on men who treat women as pieces of meat. She encounters an abnormally large amount of men who are determined to keep women submissive and in their place. Eric Luke keeps the stories pretty simple and that's fine.

I think she has one of the best costume designs in comics. It's similar to a bleached out version of the shadow with the cloak and scarf trailing al
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Diz
May 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a highly problematic book. It glorifies sexual violence by portraying it with cheesecake art. It's filled with statements about gender stereotypes that wouldn't feel out of place in an incel chat room. All of the male characters are basically sexual predators and all of the female characters are man haters or manipulate men with their sexuality. This is a dark delve into the worst tropes of 90s comics that is best left in the past.
Wing Kee
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5. An oxymoronic book.

World: The art is good, there is Hughes (as yucky as he sometimes is) which you know you are going to get gorgeous looking women. That being said I found that art to be a bit much at times in terms of the sexualization. I know this was a ‘Bad Girl’ book born from that era and it’s the sign of the times but I kinda feel yucky reading it sometimes (women can look as sexy as they want, it’s the intent behind the art that makes me slightly uncomfortable). The world building
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C. Varn
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This is such a mixed comic book, and it is not as good as I remember. In the superhero wars between Vertigo, early Image, and Dark Horse, Dark Horse was often the odd man out. Launching its Heroes (originally, with a tinge of hubris, World's Greatest Comics), Dark Horse moved away purely from indie titles (The Mask, Grendel) and franchise comics (Predator, Terminator, etc) and into competition with super hero comics. This created Barbed Wire, X, and Ghost. Ghost was one of the more original: a t ...more
L. McCoy
WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS GRAPHIC DISCUSSION REGARDING SEX AND VIOLENCE AS WELL AS OFFENSIVE HUMOR, STRONG LANGUAGE AND POLITICS! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!

Wonder Woman: I fight for justice and promote equality!
Captain Marvel: I just saved a planet and inspired young women to do great things.
Vampirella: Well I’m off to go fight some monsters who are trapping and raping women in evil rituals.
Ghost: I found a man. He is clearly evil. He watched porn, laughed at a feminism joke and has a penis. This m
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Steph Myers
Apr 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'm actually surprised this has such a collective high rating. I found it in some parts laughably stereotypical. The story would be fine (women wakes dead, inexplicably angry and wants to find her killer - great premise), but they have pulled in every dorked-up misogynistic stereotype possible to fill the pages. The main character's anger at the woman-haters may be a part of the mystery, but her overdone, noir mental dialogue is sadly lacking in intellect and most of the time she (and her sister ...more
Jason
There's a lot of lip service to feminist ideals here, but they seem to be cover for a pretty typical male revenge fantasy where we have to see women subjugated before they return the favor amid much violence. The whole "I'm wearing a skimpy outfit to distract men for a second longer so I can shoot them" business is pure BS. I don't know a self-actualized woman alive who would think that way. And GOOD GRIEF there is a lot of narration. I picked up a few issues of the reboot of the character a few ...more
John
Nov 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed Kelly Sue DeConnick's recent reboot of this character, so I thought I'd try reading the original series. What a horrible comic! It made my brain hurt and my soul feel icky. This tries to be a discourse on male sexual abuse of women but it turns out to be not just anti-male but anti-human. The T & A style artwork just makes things worse. All the characters here, including our heroine, are completely unlikable and act like morons. Also the story gets lost in seemingly endless and pointle ...more
Chris Lemmerman
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fantastic. An impulse buy I'll never regret, this series reminded me why I love comics. Well written stories that build to a satisfying conclusion with some dangling plot threads left for volume 2, which I will track down ASAP. Some great artwork too, which never goes too far with Ghost's sex appeal or too far into the realm of 90s madness.
Kayle
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
The pencil, inking, coloring, and lettering are all incredibly lovely. A+ artwork. But the story is relentlessly man-hating to the point where it made me roll my eyes more than once. I appreciate the effort here to outline women's oppression, but this was just tiresome.
Jessi
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I was drawn in by the art nouveau style of the cover artwork. The story is fast-paced and well written because otherwise I wouldn't have read all of it.

I appreciate that the writers tried to make a complex female character, and I enjoyed that aspect of the book, but I thought its approach to sexuality and rape were really quite ham-fisted and depressing. Having big tits isn't a super-power to be used against men, her lack of autonomy made me quite fed up.

I just couldn't get past the fact that it
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Albert
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Ghost by Eric Luke was my favorite character from the Arcadia series from Dark Horse that featured X and Barb Wire as well. A murdered reporter who now in her spiritual form is seeking revenge on those that killed her and who hurt all women. Elisha Cameron is not quite a hero and yet, the evils she battles are far greater that her own.

"...You think that was cold? You think that was a little heartless? Let me tell you about hearts. Let me tell you about men and women. Let me tell you about how me
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Christine
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this up when Dark Horse offered it for free during the lockdown. So thank you Dark Horse.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this, but to my surprise, I enjoyed it quite a bit. The story is told from the viewpoint of Elsa who does not know how she can do the things she can do; she does know that she is dead, but she does not remember how or even who she was in great detail. Part of the story. In this volume is her discovery of her past.

The other part is her taking revenge on men for ho
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Marc Jentzsch
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhero, pulp, noir
So I'm very torn on this book (and this review applies to all of the Omnibuses, 1-5). I remember picking up the very first issues of this back in the early 90s and this was the one character book that really jumped out at me, and not just for the obvious aesthetic reasons. She was the most compelling and felt the most original, particularly when placed alongside those released around her: Barb Wire and X.

The book itself has a laudable goal (or so it seems without actually knowing Luke's intentio
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Stephen
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, comics
This tries to say something about feminism, but like most female empowerment books written by dudes, it looses itself almost immediately in some sort of fetishistic dominatrix fantasy stuff that undermines the whole thing. I gave it three stars because the story is interesting and the art is good.
harlequin {Stephanie}
Started out mediocre, ended up spiraling downward into weirdness.
Audrey Hacker
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, comic
This book was v "wow we are feminist!!" But also it was written by dudes and v sketchy so, what is the truth
Gabriel Mero
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ghost was always one of my favorite comic book series as a kid, though I only had a couple of issues. I loved the dark subject matter and that instead of a stereotypical male superhero, we were presented with a strong, if conflicted, female hero. Why I was allowed to read these at such a a young age, I don't know, but finally reading this omnibus as an adult, the story holds up to my fond memories of it. At last, I see the whole arc, and it makes so much more sense. Elisa is definitely more man- ...more
Quentin Wallace
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This was one of the few Dark Horse heroes to get a more lengthy solo series. I think Ghost probably had more issues published than any of the other Dark Horse Heroes for that matter. So while it's easy to dismiss this as another book in the "Bad Girl" craze, and it does have elements of that, it's really much different. A woman is murdered and her Ghost returns to hunt down her killers. The problem being she remembers nothing of her past life and has to start from scratch. There's sexy art, but ...more
Jon
Jun 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
I will be shocked if this is not the worst book I read all year. This book is sleazy in the same way that 80s horror movies that used rape scenes to add nudity were. It is somehow both misogynistic and and misandrist. Every man in the book is some kind of sexual sadist. It’s much worse than I am making it sound.
Saugat
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked it

Not sure when and why I picked this up, mush have thought it was a graphic novel, but it was surprisingly interesting. I would recommend reading at least the first of the set.
Lissibith
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Ghost is a weird book for me. I am having trouble deciding even what I think about it. Parts of it were visually lovely and as a character, I really like Elisa. But at times it felt awkward to read, and some of that wasn't alleviated, if it was, until the very end.

Ghost is about a woman who wakes up dead. She doesn't know who she is or what happened, but she dedicates herself to vengeance not only on whoever did it, but just on asshole men in general. Her internal dialogue reads at times like a
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Thaddeus Nowak
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up because started reading the Ghost series reboot that recently came out. The story line appealed to me and I wanted to see what had already been done.

The main character, Elisa, has a strong internal struggle as well as external ones. I think that may be one of the aspects that drew me to the series.

The art is well drawn and while the villains are somewhat typical of comic books, with a quick introduction and right into violence, they were a match in some way for Elisa.

I will cont
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Jean
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this in college. Actually, I had at one point owned a few editions of the comic book before the local comic store stopped ordering them. Anyway, during this time I had been looking for strong female protagonists in anything that I was reading and this was one of them. I look forward to reacquainting myself with this series though I'm really more partial to Japanese style comics than I am of other styles.
Ned Leffingwell
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I enjoyed this volume. Ghost is a supernatural superhero series from Dark Horse comics. This omnibus collects the first issues from the 90's series. I enjoyed the supernatural supers aspect. Many Dark Horse characters make cameos, such as Barbed Wire and King Tiger. The main character even battles a Predator. The art is nice. This comic definitely has a 90's vibe to it, as there are guns and a city full of decay.
Mhorg
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ghost is Elisa cameron, one of the superhumans of the grim city of Arcadia, grew out of dark horses world's greatest heroes imprint. this first omnibus is filed with excellent stories and artwork and I'm not spoiling anything.
K. Burnett
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 actually. Ok. But not great.
j.a.fielding
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book one

Interesting character and art style looking forward to more. Story had a bit of every thing.

Also try ghost hellboy crossover
Johan
Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Mixed bag, some good stories and some confusing ones.
nooker
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely of the '90s, but I still love it and she's my favorite superhero.
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