Black Crown/IDW Publishing 2018
Written by David Barnett
Illustrated by Martin Simmonds
Colour Flats by Dee Cunniffe
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
As if being an awkward, bullied 15-year-old isn't bad enough, "Fergie" Ferguson suddenly discovers he can see dead people. Well, one dead person specifically—the ghost of a certain punk rocker named Sid. Sid's spirit was trapped in London's Heathrow Airport for 40 years until the day he met Fergie. Sid's ghost is now stuck to Fergie—as if Fergie doesn't have enough on his plate, being raised by a single mum whose idea of parenting is strictly fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants. Now Fergie has to contend with an unruly ghost sidekick and some weird, uncontrollable new "abilities." How does the father Fergie never knew fit into this mayhem? And why is the Department for Extra-Usual Affairs showing an interest? Never Mind the Bollocks—all of this plus fish fingers, chunky chips, and endless pints of anarchy.
Well at first glance I thought a kid haunted by Sid Vicious (we can’t use the last name for copyright reasons I am guessing) he meets at the Airport. However with the success of previous collaborations between Black Crown and IDW have resulted in some excellent reading we of course gave it a look see. I have to say I was rather impressed by this and the way that David structured the book so as we learned what we needed to as it went along was paced extremely well also. So yeah this first issue left a positive impression and the meat of the story is intriguing so that we want to know more.
A little background on Fergie is presented to us and how he’s come to be called Fergie though I’m not quite sure if the nickname is an insult or not. I think we come to realise at a certain point that perhaps Fergie was destined for something like this to happen to him. In some way shape of form he was going to find something extraordinary and it would change his life. From the way Mum makes money, honestly I am surprised she’s not just a tart, and she drags him along parading him like she does well it makes me wonder how he has kept sane on his own this long? I mean hell I can’t even tell if he’s got a best mate at this point or not, and I am doubting he does.
The interiors here are very nice to see as well. Martin has a nice eye for storytelling as he demonstrates through the page layouts and the angles and perspective seen in the panels. There are some nice backgrounds in play but not nearly enough of them in my humble opinion yet when we see the pattern in the floor or Sid phasing in and out of that wall it’s pretty darn impressive so having Aditya come in and add her thing to the Sid part yeah wow. The creativity and imagination on display is interesting to see and I look forward to seeing more nasties that need taken care of.
Fergie is in desperate need of a friend who can help him learn to have fun. Sid isn’t exactly a great role model but he’ll him things that quite honestly he needs to learn and he’ll become a better man for it. Then add into the mix Dorothy Culpepper and her department in the British Government and well things get more complicated all around. Also the introduction of here new protege was well done and nicely slipped in was the love of his life.
Not at all what I was thinking it would be and ends up being so much more. With this Department in play, Sid as his new best mate by his side as the world around him is going to get much weirder, Fergie and us are in for a wild ride here. Thankfully there’s no timeline for this to be told as it’s a new ongoing monthly and count me in because comedic supernatural/horror never looked so good.