Ghost Fleet
For the world’s most valuable, dangerous, or secretive cargo, you don’t call just any trucking service...you call THE GHOST FLEET. When one of the world’s most elite combat-trained truckers takes a forbidden peek at his payload, he uncovers a conspiracy that will change his life, and the world, forever! The critically acclaimed eight-issue miniseries is collected for the very first time in one deluxe, over-the-top volume from DONNY CATES (GOD COUNTRY, REDNECK) and the incredible DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (EXTREMITY). Collects THE GHOST FLEET #1-8

Ghost Fleet Details

TitleGhost Fleet
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 29th, 2017
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534304406
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Horror, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Adult

Ghost Fleet Review

  • Donovan
    January 1, 1970
    A tribute to John Carpenter, this is revenge horror meets guilty pleasure B movies. What Donny Cates lacks in realism he makes up for with ambitious storytelling. And Daniel Warren Johnson brings this wacky horror show to bold and bloody life. The story is delightfully self-indulgent. While it’s highly entertaining, dark, wacky, and hyper-violent, it is a little cliched at times: a demonic cult of powerful white men, devil-may-care black ops, buddy cops, demonic apocalypse, etc. But at least Cat A tribute to John Carpenter, this is revenge horror meets guilty pleasure B movies. What Donny Cates lacks in realism he makes up for with ambitious storytelling. And Daniel Warren Johnson brings this wacky horror show to bold and bloody life. The story is delightfully self-indulgent. While it’s highly entertaining, dark, wacky, and hyper-violent, it is a little cliched at times: a demonic cult of powerful white men, devil-may-care black ops, buddy cops, demonic apocalypse, etc. But at least Cates is self-aware, because this is basically a tribute to the genre. And I will say that, apart from Big Trouble in Little China and Maximum Overdrive, which are both obvious inspirations, big rig supernatural horror is few and far between! A real bummer, though, is the rushed ending. Dark Horse cut them four issues short, essential to the epic denouement I would have expected from this story. So they had to go back and redo the ending four issues shorter. Which is why it has that epilogue ending: This person did this, that person does that. And it just feels off kilter. I was excited in issue seven to see how it wrapped up, and it sadly didn’t. What really shines is the artwork of Daniel Warren Johnson, a name you’ll need to remember. (He also wrote and illustrated Extremity.) His style is reminiscent of Chris Burnham and Nick Pitarra, a scratchy fine detail, cartoony realism, extreme facial expressions, and gut-wrenching violence. In a word, bombastic. And perfect to illustrate this story. Imperfect, but Ghost Fleet achieves what it sets out to do: starts small and becomes as large and unusual as possible to maximize entertainment. My only complaint is the ending, or lack there of.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Take the best of 80's action flicks, toss in a heavy pour of John Carpenter, with just a pinch of Mad Max, shaken not stirred and serve over ice when you have the perfect blend of Ghost Fleet. Filled with betrayal, heaps of guns and guts, the Apocalypse, all while racing across America. This thing is ball out crazy, over the top madness. Daniel Warren Johnson's art gives off a Paul Pope / David Rubin vibe. It's very dynamic which works well with this high intensity ride.Received an advanced copy Take the best of 80's action flicks, toss in a heavy pour of John Carpenter, with just a pinch of Mad Max, shaken not stirred and serve over ice when you have the perfect blend of Ghost Fleet. Filled with betrayal, heaps of guns and guts, the Apocalypse, all while racing across America. This thing is ball out crazy, over the top madness. Daniel Warren Johnson's art gives off a Paul Pope / David Rubin vibe. It's very dynamic which works well with this high intensity ride.Received an advanced copy from Image and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    A world out of Mad Max with truck convoys carrying secret payloads and protected by swarms of mercenaries armed with rocket launchers. Kurt Russell complete with the eyepatch from Escape From New York. Biker gangs. Assassins. FBI agents. Blackmail. Betrayal. The end of everything. This graphic novel packs a mean punch. It's loaded up with a lot of stuff storywise, although the plot is a bit loose and elastic and mysterious. The artwork is captivating.
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  • FanFiAddict
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewMy review of this crazy, balls to the wall graphic novel can be summed up as such:Take The Governor from "The Walking Dead" comics (not that sad attempt in the TV show), give him an 18-wheeler containing Death itself, a samurai sword, and an excuse to kill a crap ton of people.The storyline is insane and the artwork is bloody fantastic. This graphic novel is like Jason Statham in Crank, full of adrenaline and ready to kill whatever Thanks to publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewMy review of this crazy, balls to the wall graphic novel can be summed up as such:Take The Governor from "The Walking Dead" comics (not that sad attempt in the TV show), give him an 18-wheeler containing Death itself, a samurai sword, and an excuse to kill a crap ton of people.The storyline is insane and the artwork is bloody fantastic. This graphic novel is like Jason Statham in Crank, full of adrenaline and ready to kill whatever stands in its way.
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  • Václav
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. This was beautiful ride. Action packet, brutal and hectic action driven ride. Perfect eight issues of escalating violent madness with awesome ending for this stray dog hero action fantasy. Daniel Warren Johnson and his nonchalantly reckless but very effective style of drawing is awesome. Colouring is neat too. And the story, story is brilliant. Easy but not stupid with complex details enough to get you in but not stand in the way of action. If you love hard boiled style of action, have weak Wow. This was beautiful ride. Action packet, brutal and hectic action driven ride. Perfect eight issues of escalating violent madness with awesome ending for this stray dog hero action fantasy. Daniel Warren Johnson and his nonchalantly reckless but very effective style of drawing is awesome. Colouring is neat too. And the story, story is brilliant. Easy but not stupid with complex details enough to get you in but not stand in the way of action. If you love hard boiled style of action, have weakness for stray (but very dangerous) "dogs", this is what you need.
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  • Trike
    January 1, 1970
    The hell I just read?Some sort of Mad Max mash-up with Big Trouble In Little China/Escape from New York by way of Supernatural, a combination that eventually explodes. Literally.The last act is just balls-out crazy; on an action scale of 1 to 10, the story oscillates between a 6 and 7 on the blood-and-guts meter and then jumps to a solid 108. It’s got plenty of attitude, but pegging the needle on far end of the weird-shit-o-meter feels like a nutso choice.The art is fine but the coloring activel The hell I just read?Some sort of Mad Max mash-up with Big Trouble In Little China/Escape from New York by way of Supernatural, a combination that eventually explodes. Literally.The last act is just balls-out crazy; on an action scale of 1 to 10, the story oscillates between a 6 and 7 on the blood-and-guts meter and then jumps to a solid 108. It’s got plenty of attitude, but pegging the needle on far end of the weird-shit-o-meter feels like a nutso choice.The art is fine but the coloring actively fights the story. A couple times I had to go back to try and puzzle out what was going on. It’s some of the worst coloring I’ve seen in years. I typically don’t even mention the coloring because most colorists are quite competent. Not so here.I really hated what happened to Axl the dog. Completely unnecessary. And fucking brutal. Making a smirking comment about it doesn’t help.
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  • Joe Young
    January 1, 1970
    Donny Cates - writerDaniel Warren Johnson - illustratorThis is some good shit right here. Great writing, amazing art ... check it out!!!!!5/5
  • -RadioActiveBookWorm-
    January 1, 1970
    Goodreads Synopsis: For the world’s most valuable, dangerous, or secretive cargo, you don’t call just any trucking service...you call THE GHOST FLEET. When one of the world’s most elite combat-trained truckers takes a forbidden peek at his payload, he uncovers a conspiracy that will change his life, and the world, forever! The critically acclaimed eight-issue miniseries is collected for the very first time in one deluxe, over-the-top volume from DONNY CATES (GOD COUNTRY, REDNECK) and the incredi Goodreads Synopsis: For the world’s most valuable, dangerous, or secretive cargo, you don’t call just any trucking service...you call THE GHOST FLEET. When one of the world’s most elite combat-trained truckers takes a forbidden peek at his payload, he uncovers a conspiracy that will change his life, and the world, forever! The critically acclaimed eight-issue miniseries is collected for the very first time in one deluxe, over-the-top volume from DONNY CATES (GOD COUNTRY, REDNECK) and the incredible DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (EXTREMITY). Collects THE GHOST FLEET #1-8My Review:I received an arc from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This story is a roller coaster from the very beginning. Immediately when you start the story, there's a car chase, a fight scene, some car crashes, gunshots, an explosion, and an army goes down. If that doesn't make you want to see what happens next, I don't know what will. This book demands to be read. If you put it down even for a second, you're left thinking, what's going to happen next? I need to see. And because it's in the form that it is, you're able to easily read the entire thing in one sitting. The ending is completely unexpected and it caught be off guard, but in a way that was like, wow that's awesome. I'm glad I read it. The art in this book is cool looking and I feel like it matches the story well, it kind of reminds me of Tank Girl.So overall, although I was a little confused at first reading this, l enjoyed it. It's about two hundred pages, so a pretty quick read. Definitely check it out if you get the chance. Here's a link to the book on Amazon, and another link to the authors twitter.https://www.amazon.ca/Ghost-Fleet-Who...https://twitter.com/DoncatesThanks for reading! Check out this review and more at my blog.(Radioactivebookreviews.wordpress.com)
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  • Alex Sarll
    January 1, 1970
    A betrayal, a trucking fleet who carry the strangest and most dangerous cargos, and something especially worrying in one of their containers...early on, this feels like it could be a conventional conspiracy thriller, albeit one to which Cates and Johnson bring more vigour, humour and sense of life's variety than the genre often manages. But then the chaos starts amping up, and a (not very) subtle cue in the art suggests that maybe it's a good idea to stick Bat Out Of Hell II on while you read, a A betrayal, a trucking fleet who carry the strangest and most dangerous cargos, and something especially worrying in one of their containers...early on, this feels like it could be a conventional conspiracy thriller, albeit one to which Cates and Johnson bring more vigour, humour and sense of life's variety than the genre often manages. But then the chaos starts amping up, and a (not very) subtle cue in the art suggests that maybe it's a good idea to stick Bat Out Of Hell II on while you read, and shit gets real. And then even more real, and before you know it we're "riding dead on into damnation on eighteen wheels of steel and thunder". An interview in the back explains that a projected 12 issues got cut to eight when they were already working on the sixth, which makes a lot of sense, as does the news that Cates only initially got into comics to tell this story, intended as the greatest John Carpenter film never made. And honestly, it's lunatic enough to live up to that pitch. Wonderful stuff. (Edelweiss ARC)
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  • Nicola Mansfield
    January 1, 1970
    This was wild. A pure action-filled piece involving big rigs, government conspiracies and rural Texans. The story hits the ground and keeps running which is great for those looking for action, blood and violence, but when it comes to plot there are gaping holes. An intricate secret government series of organizations are involved in trying to stop what could be the end of the world. The story is left behind as the action takes over and character development is tossed to the wind. I really had no This was wild. A pure action-filled piece involving big rigs, government conspiracies and rural Texans. The story hits the ground and keeps running which is great for those looking for action, blood and violence, but when it comes to plot there are gaping holes. An intricate secret government series of organizations are involved in trying to stop what could be the end of the world. The story is left behind as the action takes over and character development is tossed to the wind. I really had no feelings either way for any of the characters. An afterword explains how this book started off as a 12-issue series and was cut down to 8 mid-run. This gives us the answer as to why the story is lacking in cohesion.
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  • Y.S. Stephen
    January 1, 1970
    ONE SENTENCE SUMMARYThe Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamn Thing is a graphic novel about the adventures of an underworld clique that transports unknown items for underworld organisations and individuals.WHO WOULD ENJOY READING IT?Fans of gritty, fast-paced action and fantasy stories will be thrilled with this novel.WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ITMemorable characters, believable story, exquisite art, nail-biting cliffhangers...this volume has it all. The action never lets up and the dialogue feels natural. I w ONE SENTENCE SUMMARYThe Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamn Thing is a graphic novel about the adventures of an underworld clique that transports unknown items for underworld organisations and individuals.WHO WOULD ENJOY READING IT?Fans of gritty, fast-paced action and fantasy stories will be thrilled with this novel.WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ITMemorable characters, believable story, exquisite art, nail-biting cliffhangers...this volume has it all. The action never lets up and the dialogue feels natural. I was disappointed when it ended - I wanted more........The Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamn Thing by Donny Cates is available to buy from the first week of December 2018 on all major online bookstores.Many thanks to Image Comics for review copy.
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  • Noah Appelbaum
    January 1, 1970
    This book was awesome! To disclaim: I still kind-of know DWJ and think he is a nice person, and irrespective of that I still think he is a great artist. This book was super pulpy in an always-fun, propulsive, self-aware way. Apparently it is an homage to John Carpenter movies, so that's cool, but I don't even know that I've seen any John Carpenter movies and I thought it was great anyway. The back matter in this new collected edition has a really solid interview with the creators, offering persp This book was awesome! To disclaim: I still kind-of know DWJ and think he is a nice person, and irrespective of that I still think he is a great artist. This book was super pulpy in an always-fun, propulsive, self-aware way. Apparently it is an homage to John Carpenter movies, so that's cool, but I don't even know that I've seen any John Carpenter movies and I thought it was great anyway. The back matter in this new collected edition has a really solid interview with the creators, offering perspective on the project a few years out. The interview also does a good job explaining the somewhat slapdash ending (it's Dark Horse's fault), which.... yeah it's a little clunky and abrupt and we miss some character development, but I liked it anyway. Really fun.
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  • Paul Allard
    January 1, 1970
    A violent comic collection with supernatural elements - quite goodThis one-off series centres around a haulage company that deals with “unusual” or illegal cargo. Circumstances arise which bring Trace, a driver, to the fore. Betrayal, bloodshed, death, destruction and the supernatural then follow ( not necessarily in that order ).Not for the squeamish, this collection should please most comic readers. Flashbacks give us insight into the main characters and it’s quite clearly illustrated (with pl A violent comic collection with supernatural elements - quite goodThis one-off series centres around a haulage company that deals with “unusual” or illegal cargo. Circumstances arise which bring Trace, a driver, to the fore. Betrayal, bloodshed, death, destruction and the supernatural then follow ( not necessarily in that order ).Not for the squeamish, this collection should please most comic readers. Flashbacks give us insight into the main characters and it’s quite clearly illustrated (with plenty of red for obvious reasons).
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  • Josh
    January 1, 1970
    This is a blood and gasoline soaked mashup of Mad Max and John Carpenter. It's wild, fun, vivid, and does not take itself too seriously, while being a quick and entertaining read. The pacing goes out the window in the last two issues, but then we find out (in the interview with the creators) that it was meant to be 12 issues but was cancelled, thus forcing their hand. It's too bad, because this was a good read, but I still enjoyed it. The more I read Cates' work, the more he is becoming a favori This is a blood and gasoline soaked mashup of Mad Max and John Carpenter. It's wild, fun, vivid, and does not take itself too seriously, while being a quick and entertaining read. The pacing goes out the window in the last two issues, but then we find out (in the interview with the creators) that it was meant to be 12 issues but was cancelled, thus forcing their hand. It's too bad, because this was a good read, but I still enjoyed it. The more I read Cates' work, the more he is becoming a favorite of mine, and the art by Johnson is face-melting.
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  • Joshua
    January 1, 1970
    Crazy, witty, and all sorts of fun. This series clearly had bigger things to do but sadly had to cut it short. It's interesting to read the authors interview about his original plan for the series in the back. That said its still a fun to read stand alone.
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  • Chaunceton Bird
    January 1, 1970
    Quality action-packed fast-paced story.
  • PJ Ebbrell
    January 1, 1970
    Some interesting points.
  • Andy
    January 1, 1970
    Love love LOOOOVED it. Captures some of that Warren Ellis esque wit and darkness, but through a very different lens with fantastic art to boot. I get bits of Garth Ennis as well.
  • Marcus
    January 1, 1970
    Epic...badass trucks and demons and guns...fun of course
  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the idea of one of the horsemen of the apocalypse being the cargo and there was plenty of action with a Mad Max vibe at the end. The art style suited this type of story well.Those were the only things I liked about this, I didn’t care about any of the characters and thought the main guys back story was a bit weak. I enjoyed this so much I can’t even remember his name!!
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