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Review – Ghosted in L.A. #3 (BOOM! Studios)

Ghosted in L.A. #3 (BOOM studios) variant cover (detail) by Sina Grace
Ghosted in L.A. #3
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  • Writing - 7/10
    7/10
  • Art - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Overall - 7.75/10
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Summary

Writer: Sina Grace
Artists: Siobhan Keenan & Sina Grace
Colorist: Cathy Lee
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release Date: September 11th, 2019

Ghosted in L.A. #3 proves that there is a whole lot more going on in this series than meets the eye. And perhaps there’s more to the characters within, as well.

 

More Than Ghosts to Be Found in Ghosted in L.A. #3

Ghosted in L.A. #3 proves that even the most ideal of settings can have a whole lot more going on behind the scenes. Daphne is settling in nicely to her new home, but naturally, there are still a few issues that have to be worked out. This issue continues the tale of a quirky house in L.A., in which the first living resident has just moved in. It’s a casual escape from the real world, full of character-driven plots and drama. That makes it stand out against the crowd of all the darker series available, and a refreshing change.

Each issue of Ghosted in L.A. has taken the time to introduce and focus on a different ghost, and this issue has been no exception. It’s been fascinating to learn about the varied backgrounds of each of the different ghosts. It is also a little heartbreaking, given the context.

Writing

Ghosted in L.A. #3 (BOOM Studios) main cover by Siobhan Keenan
Ghosted in L.A. #3 (BOOM! Studios) main cover by Siobhan Keenan

Ghosted in L.A. #3 was written by Sina Grace, and he’s been steadily revealing more and more about the setting and characters as time goes on. This issue, in particular, had a clear theme going on, but it’s one that isn’t clear until towards the end of the issue.

For a series that seems so light and bubbly most of the time, it really can deal with some heavier emotions and contexts. Being able to lean on the past (through the many ghosts available) is a nice touch, and adds a ton of background and history into the mix.

The more I see of Daphne, the more I like her. At first, it was easy to enjoy her tale while not taking her terribly seriously. But she’s one of those characters that grows on you over time. And then there are the ghosts, whom I think we can all afford to get to know a bit better. Because, clearly, there’s so much more going on here.

Art

Ghosted in L.A. #3 is an issue that had a lot of fun with colors. There’s always a dramatic pop of color somewhere in each panel—more often than not, it was the background itself. Other times it was an art piece, a ghost, or a bit of clothing. There was always something to catch the eye.

Siobhan Keenan and Sina Grace worked on the line art together, giving us the dynamic characters we’re learning so much about. Cathy Le provided the colors I was just gushing about. And finally, DC Hopkins did the lettering for this issue, which was out of this world (especially the haunting effects).

Conclusion

Ghosted in L.A. #3 meets and exceeds all expectations, perfectly upping the ante, so to speak. It takes the series from something more casual and turning it into something more relatable and intense. And the cliffhanger is enough of a reason to leave fans desperate to see the resolution.

This one issue proved that they’re not afraid to deal with heavier subjects. It also firmly reinforced that it’s a character-driven series, which is perhaps why it is so comforting in so many different ways. Regardless, I’m looking forward to seeing how far this series will go.


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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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