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Review – Ghosted in L.A. #10 (BOOM! Studios)

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Ghosted in L.A. #10

Writer: Sina Grace
Artist: Sina Grace
Colorists: Cathy Le & Natalia Nesterenko
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: May 20th, 2020

Ghosted in L.A. #10 dives into the darker side of this tale, with foreshadowing strewn about all over. Meanwhile, Daphne and the other residents are trying to figure out what is going on.

 

The Complexity of Hauntings in Ghosted in L.A. #10

We always hear about ghosts doing to the haunting. But that begs the question: can ghosts be haunted? That is a concept that Ghosted in L.A. #10 is ready to explore, if not answer. That probably means our ghostly friends are in for a bit of a rough ride.

Just when Daphne’s life with her new roommates finally felt like it was balancing out, a whole new series of events has occurred. They’re darker than ever, giving a hint to the depth that this series has been hiding this whole time. Add in the complications of the living, and suddenly this manor, this haven for ghosts, is looking a lot less like a haven…and more like a prison.

Writing

Ghosted in L.A. #10 (BOOM! Studios) cover B by Sina Grace
Ghosted in L.A. #10 (BOOM! Studios) cover B by Sina Grace

Ghosted in L.A. #10 was written by Sina Grace, and as always, they did a phenomenal job of showing us what subtle writing and gradual buildup can do. This series is eerie and beautiful all at once, while showing off carefully-written characters that feel so alive.

Speaking of those characters, we once again were granted a chance to learn more about those that make up the cast. It’s been fascinating to see what the ghosts were like while alive—but even more so to get a glimpse into the process that keeps them here.

What’s interesting about this issue is the level of foreshadowing woven into an already intense and concerning plot. There are essentially two major series of events happening simultaneously, and yet both feel balanced. Likewise, they both feel equally threatening. Who’s to say which one will end up being a larger danger to the ghosts (and Daphne)? Or will these events converge, creating something totally different? One thing is certain: Grace has clearly been building up to this moment for quite some time.

Art

Along with being in charge of the writing, Sina Grace took the lead for the artwork making up Ghosted in L.A. #10. This issue felt darker than the rest thus far. Not just in color and style, but thematically as well.

That is something that the artwork supports. Our characters portray a variety of emotions, the dominant of course being concern. It’s a poignant reminder that even ghosts can feel fear. There are many moments that had more impact thanks to the way they were drawn.

Cathy Le and Natalia Nesterenko were in charge of the colors, and they did a delightful job. I’ve mentioned before that I absolutely adore the color palette used on the ghosts, and I’ll say it again here. They look even more spectacular this time around, courtesy of the darker tones and backdrops.

Finally, we have DC Hopkins, who was responsible for the lettering. I love the work that was done here, from the sound effects to the carefully placed speech bubbles. It’s all designed to lead the reader through this journey.

Conclusion

Ghosted in L.A. #10 is arguably the most dramatic issue of the series, which is saying something. We’re finally getting a chance to see where all of that buildup has been leading to, and it sure is looking dark. And interesting. I, for one, cannot wait to see what happens next, or how far this plot will be pushed.

I’m thrilled that we’re back to a point where we’re getting new issues, mainly because I was surprised by how much I missed this series. It’s good to have it back.

 


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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