Vigilante Socialism and Investigative Journalism in ComiXology Original Black Ghost #1 [Preview]

Digital comics purveyor and Amazon subsidiary ComiXology has released a preview of The Black Ghost, the new ComiXology Original debuting this Wednesday by Alex Segura, Monica Callagher, George Kambadais, Ellie Wright, and Taylor Esposito. The comic stars a newspaper journalist reporting on a vigilante, the titular Black Ghost, who is waging a one-person war on the one percent.

More from the press release:

ComiXology, Amazon's premier digital comics service, announced The Black Ghost – an all-new, creator-owned five-issue mini-series by co-writers Alex Segura and Monica Gallagher, with art by George Kambadais, colors by Ellie Wright, and lettering by Taylor Esposito, and is edited by Greg Lockard. The Black Ghost #1 features cover art by Greg Smallwood, with subsequent covers by fan-favorite artists Bill Sienkiewicz, Francesco Francavilla, Veronica Fish. The bold tale of a masked activist fighting for the soul of their city, The Black Ghost #1 is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content and will debut September 18th. It will be available to read at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited members, and also available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

Lara Dominguez is a journalist chasing that one, big story. After a stint in the Middle East, the alcoholic reporter moves from her hometown of Miami to Creighton – a mid-Atlantic city that's seen better days. She needs a huge, viral scoop that'll send her into the journalistic stratosphere. Her target? Uncovering the identity of The Black Ghost – a masked vigilante trying to take down the wealthy oligarchs carving up the fading metropolis. But as she searches for the breakthrough story she desperately needs, Lara will have to navigate the corruption of her adopted city, the uncertainties of virtue, and her own personal demons.

The Black Ghost is co-written by novelist Alex Segura (best known for his Pete Fernandez Miami mystery series) and Monica Gallagher – the same team who co-created and co-wrote the first season of the acclaimed crime podcast Lethal Lit, which The New York Times named as one of the Five Best Podcasts of 2018.

And from Segura:

The Black Ghost is a grounded, emotional story about one woman's quest to surpass her flaws and become the hero she's always known she can be. George Kambadais' art style drives the fast-paced story forward. His line work is so clean it almost seems like animation, highly contrasting the gritty atmosphere and evoking an unexpected vibe.

And Gallagher:

The Black Ghost is all about what happens when you're given an amazing opportunity to do good, even if you're not quite ready for it. This was an important mindset that Alex and I were both eager to explore through Lara. By setting her demons against a pulpy, noir backdrop – which George's beautiful artwork is perfect for – we're able to contrast her personal messiness with the larger, sleeker crime world that engulfs her.

The first issue debuts on September 18th. Check out the preview below:

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