PINCHUK PLUG POST :: If Frankenstein stories represent reckless science, and zombies represent mob conformity, then ghost stories truly work best when embodying the phrase “Hell is other people.” We see random innocents — literally trapped in with the old, personal problems some wretched soul is constantly reliving — forced to be the ones to finally make that parasitic stranger move on.
What makes V.J. Boyd’s comic, GHOST COP, so fun is that it mashes the ‘impersonal horror’ of ghost stories with the ‘impersonal justice’ set-up of the Western. In other words, it shows what happens when two strangers — two forceful spirits — get mixed up in each other’s business.
On one hand, you have Tom Fraley, your classic gum shoe. VJ’s a writer on JUSTIFIED, and he’s crafted a very different kind of latter day gunslinger with this fella. Fraley’s been wandering the streets of LA ever since a serial killer murdered him in the 40’s. The case was never solved, but now he might get to finally tie off his ‘unfinished business,’ because the same killer seems to have inexplicably returned.
On the other hand, you have Leticia, a modern detective tormented by surreal visions of the end times. When Fraley crosses her path, he could actually bring an end to this psychic curse; and she’s only the living person who can actually help his afterlife vendetta. Problem is: if Fraley gets his revenge, it will cause the Apocalypse she’s been foreseeing.
Add an utterly inept ghost hunter and a maniac with serious mommy issues into this crisscross, and you’ve got a strange and complex thriller. GHOST COP cleverly turns horror tropes on their ear, and bends genres together like only comics are free to do.
Pick up the trade in print, or go all digital with the singles on Comixology.