Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamned Thing by Donny Cates

Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamned Thing

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 v...

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Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamned Thing Reviews

  • Dave

    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.

  • Mad Tom

    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.

  • -RadioActiveBookWorm-

    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 #1-8

    My 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.

    Thanks for reading! Check out this review and more at my blog.

    (Radioactivebookreviews.wordpress.com)

  • Alex Sarll

    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

    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

    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)

  • Chad

    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.

  • Y.S. Stephen

    ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY

    The 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 IT

    Memorable 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 SUMMARY

    The 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 IT

    Memorable 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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