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REVIEW: 'Night of the Ghoul' #4 by Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla


Night of the Ghoul #4

Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Francesco Francavilla
Lettered by AndWorld Design
Edited by Will Dennis
Page Count: 26 Pages
Digital Release Date: January 25, 2022
Age Rating: 17+ Only
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Score: ★★★★1/2

There are a lot of horror books in comic shops nowadays and that’s a good sign for a genre left in the shadow of other genres like superheroes.  There’s a comic on the horror spectrum for everyone and ‘Night of the Ghoul’ fills a sweet spot of nostalgia for old-fashioned horror movie storytelling and just how terrifying it can be.

At the end of the last issue, Skeen revealed himself presumably as the ghoul while Forrest watched from the closet. Any skepticism Forrest may have had before was gone now and there was no doubt that Merritt was indeed in danger.

Meanwhile, footage from Merritt’s film continues to run concurrently in the comic as the characters plot to expel the ghoul from their friend. Scott Snyder creates this intense parallel story as Forrest attempts to rescue Merritt from the facility and the movie characters try and kill the ghoul.

The hallmark of the series has been the high level of anxiety and tension that hangs over the comic from start to finish. The last page of issue four should induce an audible shriek from readers. Francisco Francavilla is doing the best work of his career with a story that is wholly within his wheelhouse.

‘Night of the Ghoul’ #4 reaches another level of excellence in both story and art. Snyder and Francavilla are at their best in a gripping and stylish thriller that delivers genuine chills. 

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