Ghosts and secret agents go together better than I ever imagined. Last month, I had the pleasure of reading Haunt Volume 1 from Image Comics. This first foray into Image’s offerings impressed me a lot, and almost immediately I scoured local comic shops for the second volume. Sadly, Volume 3 isn’t coming out for another month, but as I await my pre-order I thought I’d regale everyone with a discussion of why this second volume exceeds all expectations and is even better than the first.
Haunt’s second volume starts by giving us more insight into Kurt Kilgore’s past. We’re treated to flashbacks of his relationship with the marvelous mercenary Mirage and learn more about Kurt’s ultimate goals. The story turns back to the present fairly quickly as we watch Daniel adjust to his new life as a member of the Agency. It isn’t long before Daniel is dispatched on a mission to bring down Hurg, but this criminal mastermind has a few tricks up his sleeve courtesy of the late Dr. Shillinger’s research on human “modification.” Can Haunt surpass his limits and protect the world from Hurg’s deadly influence? And can Daniel ever hope to have any semblance of a normal life outside of his new job?
Writer Robert Kirkman continues in style with this volume, crafting a story that’s even more exciting and intriguing than the first volume! The dialogue continues to flow elegantly and with style, complimented by some witty humor sprinkled in for good measure. The arc is really enjoyable and keeps readers on their toes, backed up by the great Haunt action we’ve come to know and love since the first issues. I also like the hints dropped throughout the story about upcoming confrontations (which I’m sure will arise in the next few issues). I can’t do anything ecept laud praise for this amazing story.
The art team from Volume 1 is back with a vengeance. Spearheaded by Greg Capullo’s amazing pencils, the scenes are jam-packed with action and emotion. I especially liked how the opening scene of Issue #6 paralleled the opening of Issue #1, giving us more insight into the similar circumstances both Kurt and Daniel experienced in their previous lives. It was also interesting to revisit the scenes of Kurt’s mission from the first issue, now further explained with the inclusion of Mirage and a look at the plan from her point of view. Todd MacFarlane teams up with Johnathan Glapion to give Haunt the excellent inking it deserves: the scenes stand out all the better thanks to their craft. This art style may not be for everyone, but personally I love it. As with the writing, I find no fault with the art whatsoever.
Ultimately, Haunt Volume 2 gives fans everything we liked about the last volume cranked up to 11. There’s more plot revealed, stronger character development, deep interactions, exciting action, and great twists, all backed up by top-of-the-line art. I found myself excited to turn each and every page and found myself admiring some of the art for more than a few minutes. I’d honestly say that anyone who enjoys comics should check out Haunt; I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Brett Simon is a twenty-two year old comic enthusiast. He’s hoping madness doesn’t set in as he waits until late May to pick up the soon to be released Haunt Volume 3.