Night of the Ghoul #1 (REVIEW)

Oct 18, 2021

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Night of the Ghoul #1 Main Cover

Night of the Ghoul #1

When Scott Snyder first announced his partnership with ComiXology, we all knew we were in for something special. However, I don’t think any of us knew just how special these books would be until they began to be released. While working with a wide array of artists on a diverse range of stories, Snyder and company have made this initial rollout one for the ages. Night of the Ghoul #1 is the third and last book to drop as part of “Scottober.” As with We Have Demons and Clear, Night of the Ghoul is a masterclass on writing and suspense. 

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art/Colors by: Francesco Francavilla
Letters by: AndWorld Design

Night of the Ghoul #1 is a very well-crafted story. At first blush, it seems to be a simple premise: a man in search of the missing director of a lost horror classic and his obsession with the film. But don’t let the simplicity of it fool you into thinking this is just another ordinary horror book. The mythos Snyder creates is not just about a missing film and the mysterious nature of its demise, but also that of the story’s haunting ghoul. The suspense Snyder and Francesco Francavilla create throughout this first issues will certainty make one keep the lights on while reading. 

“Night of the Ghoul #1 is the third and last book to drop as part of “Scottober”, and as with We Have Demons and Clear, Night of the Ghoul is a masterclass of writing and suspense.”

Not enough Enough can be said for Synder’s choice of artists for all of these ComiXology books. Each story has been a perfect collaboration between writer and artist. Just like the partnerships we saw in both We Have Demons’ and Clear, the pairing of Snyder and Francavilla in Night of the Ghoul is outstanding in the series-opening issue. Francavilla’s dark and eerie colors are simple, but masterfully effective. He is able to capture the magic of the golden age of horror films to give Night of the Ghoul that extra chilling and nightmarish feel. 

Overall, Night of the Ghoul #1 sets up a wonderfully frightening story that is sure to only become more terrifying as issues go on. Even without any real action taking place, the suspense and storytelling is more than enough. Night of the Ghoul #1 sets the stage for what is sure to become an instant horror classic. 

Would you like to hear more about Scott Snyders partnership with Comixology? Joseph Gilmore and Nick Friar welcome back Scott Snyder to discuss all of his new ComiXology originals. And this time, Snyder brought a friend! Greg Capullo makes his debut on Geeks World Wide Radio‘s TLDR Comic Book Club to discuss We Have Demons. Be sure to check out GWW’s reviews of We Have Demons, by Snyder and Capullo, along with Clear, by Snyder and Francis Manapul. You can also find TLDR available on  SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts and Spotify!