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Review – Ghosted in L.A. #4 (BOOM! Studios)

Ghosted in LA #4 (BOOM! Studios) Variant cover art (detail) by Sina Grace
Ghosted in LA #4
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Summary

Writer: Sina Grace
Artists: Siobhan Keenan & Sina Grace
Colorist: Cathy Le
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release Date: October 9th, 2019

The tale of a house full of ghosts continues in Ghosted in L.A. #4. Who would have ever thought that Daphne could get herself into so much trouble?

 

Revelations Galore in Ghosted in L.A. #4

When Daphne moved to L.A. she was hoping to spend more time with her boyfriend. She certainly wasn’t expecting to wind up in a house full of ghosts. But Ghosted in L.A. #4 finds Daphne still living with this ghostly crew—and all of their issues.

The previous issue brought a few surprise reveals to the mix, one of which Daphne has no choice but to deal with. Immediately. And things are not looking quite so cheerful and light as we had previously anticipated. Who would have thought that a house full of ghosts would also contain a ton of secrets?

Writing

Ghosted in LA #4 (BOOM! Studios) cover A by Siobhan Keenan
Ghosted in LA #4 (BOOM! Studios) cover A by Siobhan Keenan

Daphne’s tale continues in Ghosted in L.A. #4, and Sina Grace has truly upped the ante in this issue. This is perhaps the heaviest issue in the series, while also somehow managing to keep its lighter and hope-filled tones.

Up until this point, it was easy to say that the series had been a fun and casual diversion from the real world. But Ghosted in L.A. #4 took on a heavier note, thanks to the chosen backstory of a certain ghost, and how things turn out for him.

As with the past few issues, this one starts off with a deep dive into one of the many ghosts residing within this haunted—but lovely—house. But this backstory takes an unexpectedly dark turn. I didn’t want to sympathize with this particular character, but his demise forced emotions from me. Emotions that I might not have been compelled to deal with, had his backstory been written any other way.

In that sense, this issue was very cleverly written. The rest of the issue was fascinating as well, with more revelations to be found. And there’s a strong feeling that there is even more that Daphne is unaware of. Only time will tell how much.

Art

The same creative team came back for Ghosted in L.A. #4, which is brilliant. This series has such a distinctive look, and it’d be a shame to see it go. Sina Grace once again lent a hand to the artwork, alongside Siobhan Keenan. Meanwhile, Cathy Le provided the colors, and DC Hopkins did the lettering.

The muted color palette for the ghostly flashback was absolutely perfect. It fit the tone and character perfectly—while also clearly broadcasting that it was indeed a flashback. They handled the more graphic elements of the flashback with sensitivity, while also leaving no room for doubt about what actually occurred.

The rest of the issue was as bright as fans have come to expect, naturally. We got to see a bit more of each of the ghosts’ specialties, and the way these powers were portrayed was quite interesting. They did an excellent job of showing that each one is personalized to the ghost at hand.

Conclusion

Ghosted in L.A. #4 was a whirlwind of a read. It was shockingly emotional and intense—and that’s considering the subject of the previous issue. It’s been fun to see the darker side of the series. Even better, the series is still holding onto its more optimistic tones, so it is still a perfect escape for fans out there.


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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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