Review – Spector Inspectors Collected
Artist: Bowen McCurdy
Lettering: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Trade Paperback: October 13, 2021
Meet true believer Noa, her cynical little sibling Gus, credulous cameraman Ko, and sceptical Astrid. Together they head to one of the most haunted towns in America to prove that ghosts exist, armed with little more than their wits, their cell phones, and an EMF reader they bought online.
Their investigations uncover more than a few cool social media posts. Relationships will be put to the test, as century-old sinister secrets of the town itself are revealed!
Bowen McCurdy (The Long Way Home) & rising star Kaitlyn Musto introduce the Spector Inspectors, everyone’s favourite new internet ghost hunter sensations.
Writer: Bowen McCurdy, Kaitlyn Musto
Just in time for Halloween comes Boom! collection of the 2021 YA hit book, Spector Inspectors. With 211 pages collecting a five-issue mini-series this is a must-have in the spooky season to cuddle up with the one you love and read.
Mixing Scooby-Doo, Buffy and Stranger Things we get the tale of amateur Ghost Hunters Noa (an empath), her sibling Gus, Ko and best friend Astrid. Drawn to the most haunted town in America they poke around the ruins of an old town hall and awaken a demon.
Unlike normal possession’s this ghost is vulnerable, having lost its name and powers over a hundred years ago. Can the team overcome the mysteries of the town, track down the secrets and save Astrid? Along the way romance blooms between Astrid and Noa but how can you love someone possessed by a demon?
Musto and McCurdy have hit on a success here taking well-known tropes and themes and injecting them with humanity, humour and just a sprinkle of sadness. The will they-won’t they relationship with Noa and Astrid is at the heart of the book, meaning that Koa and Gus are a little overshadowed.
Artist: Bowen McCurdy
The Manga style big eyes and over-exaggerated expressions works well for this script. Campbell’s lettering helps easily differentiate voices and characters and the spooky greens and blacks of the town build an air of mystery.
For YA readers, as well as others this is a perfect addition to the spooky season. A unique take on the ghost hunter and demonic possession plots, as well as strong female leads, help to create a story narrative that appeals to a wide audience. At a hefty 211 pages, it could feel like a long read but I gobbled it up in less than 40 minutes enjoying every page and turn in the tale. It’s out on 13th October at selected outlets and widely available on 19th October.
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