Spectre Inspectors #4
Boom! Box 2021
Created & Written by Bowen McCurdy & Kaitlyn Musto
Illustrated by Bowen McCurdy
Lettered by Jim Campbell
The Spector Inspectors are on the trail of a demon and just met a ghost. The problem is, that's the good news. Turns out Cape Grace has a whole lot of secrets and none of those are good.
This is a fantastic and fun series that just keeps getting better and better with each new issue to come out. This is precisely what it’s supposed to do as well, it should get stronger and more interesting with each new issue and this showcases the tremendous writing skills that we see from these two. I’m also really impressed with the detective work that we see here and while the gang is supposed to be ghost hunters they’ve become so much more than that over these four issues. They’ve become legitimate investigators and not just of the paranormal though that’s what this is related to so there is that. This is a perfect cast of characters and while I don’t know what the boys relationship is with one another I am hoping it is along the lines of the girls complicated crushes and best friend status.
I am loving the way that this is being told. How we see the story & plot development through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exceedingly well. The character development is absolutely phenomenal! This is thanks to the dialogue, the character interaction and how they act and react to the situations and circumstances they encounter and with what they learn here that’s a lot of reactions. It keeps these kids growing and evolving in a real world kind of way and it’s perfectly done. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing more and more of the story as well as the twists & turns along the way thrills the reader.
I am thoroughly enjoying the way that we see this being structured and how the layers we see within the story continuing to grow, evolve and strengthen while with each new discover adds another new layer. This is where we see some incredible storytelling too and the smaller arcs can be complete or just swirl around the main arc and either way add so much depth to the book. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as moving the story forward is perfectly achieved.
The interiors here are utterly delightful. The all-ages style has definitely grown on me over the course of the series. I do wish we’d see more backgrounds that is my only complaint as it were. The linework is great and how we see the varying weights being utilised to bring out the detail work is superbly rendered. The composition within the panels does a great job in bringing us the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the book. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we se the angles and perspective in the panels show a sensational eye for storytelling. The colour work is beautifully rendered as well. How we see the various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work makes moments pop they are intended to.
I like this book a whole heck of a lot. The way that this is being told and how it keep building up as new avenues are explored really takes each issue up to a new level. The tension, the character dynamics and how we get more excited and more nervous with each new discovery. This is so well written and delightfully illustrated making it a sleeper hit so don’t sleep on this one because it’s just too darn good to miss out on.