Lucy saves the day as she helps the Zanthiens stand up against Harmony Shoal and The Doctor and Grant find themselves in a tricky situation as they come up against the Sycorax!
As Grant is without his powers, he and The Doctor are saved by Lucy, Jennifer and Nemika. The Doctor picks Lucy as the ideal person to give the Zanthiens an inspirational speech about hope and fighting for their rights; disrupting the signal Harmony Shoal were transmitting onto the Zanthiens central nervous system using the Alcyone crystal.
Writer George Mann’s distinctive style is reassuring in how he voices the characters. His writing is full of hope, fear, wit and intellectual curiosity. He reintroduces the Sycorax with hierarchal language and sinister dominance.
The Harmony Shoal don’t feature heavily in the first half of the story which is slightly disappointing but Lucy’s role in restoring the Zanthien’s hope and freedom is empowering and promotes warm, fuzzy feelings.
There is more character development from the antagonists as the surprise yet welcome return of the Sycorax gives them an opportunity to evolve their destructive plans from controlling humanity with blood control to using dark energy to create a tear through time and space.
Their plan does feel out of place as the Doctor just stumbles upon them as it takes a while to readjust to them as the threat when we’ve just been following Harmony Shoal as the opposition.
Artist Dennis Calero uses his unique style at shadows to create an abstract visual of the story. Only being able to see half of the characters added mystery and apprehension. In contrast, the blank backgrounds brought the action further into the characters reactions; bringing a juxtaposition of shading and toning.
The latest chapter to Ghost Stories slightly lacks in direction but aims to inspire and empower through art and language which can only produce a positive outcome.