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From Barnes & NobleHoly moly, here's my pick of the month right off the bat. This Dark Horse trade paperback collects Issues 20-25 of their successful Ghost series, and it's stunning work. Here's a refreshingly new angle on a comics-industry-common-denominator of incorporating some aspect of a "Hot Chick" vigilante-type. Formerly Elisa Cameron, our protagonist here is not only a hot chick, she's also a subcorporeal entity -- i.e., a ghost...or a paramental being...or, well, something akin to that. Not being familiar with previous issues is no problem here, because the writer aptly manages his story line in a way that explains the character's history without retreading old ground but rototills the new plot material in fine, frenetic fashion. A veil-draped pixie packing twin .45's, Ghost has wreaked quite a bit of previous havoc but now she's out to soul-search, and she tries to punch through her superreal amnesia and rediscover her former self: how she died and why, and the reason for her cryptic affliction. Melting through walls, dismembering golems, and opening up the good old can of whup-ass on a menagerie of mob-goons is our wraith-babe's standard operating procedure -- not to mention a little voyeurism! -- but now she must literally descend into the netherworld to find the missing pieces of her existence. And she finds something else too: life in the city of the dead.