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Ghosted in L.A. #5
Writer: Sina Grace
Artists: Siobhan Keenan & Sina Grace
Colorist: Cathy Le
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: November 13th, 2019
Ghosted in L.A. #5 merges the old and the new: Daphne’s old friend with her new friends and allies. All while raising questions about the home she now lives in.
Friends Old and New in Ghosted in L.A. #5
Ghosted in L.A. #5 brings with it many changes. It is an issue focused on establishing a new plot, and thus new questions and risks for our set of characters to deal with. So it should probably be expected that this issue also brings with it several new surprises.
Last we saw, Daphne was settling in okay in her new house. All things considered, that isn’t bad. After all, she was only recently nearly eaten by an angry housemate/ghost. But there’s no rest for the wicked, and that means the plot must go on.
Ghosted in L.A. has been a series full of surprisingly complex characters, with each of the many ghosts within the house having their own personality and backstory. What is more surprising is that the series seems intent on introducing even more to the plot and set of characters.
Ghosted in L.A. #5 was a badly needed breather, given everything that happened in the last issue. Sina Grace knows how to weave together a tale, and thus knows when he needs to allow us to take a step back for a moment. But that won’t stop him from building up once again to something much bigger…
It feels like there are even more pieces in the air than ever before. Each character has their own subplot, with Daphne and some of the more dominant ghosts having several each to contend with. It’s made for a fascinating series, to put it mildly.
This issue breaks the pattern that the last few issues have been following. Each of the last few issues has taken the time to show us the backstory of one of the dearly departed—meaning one of the ghosts. This issue didn’t do that. Well, not in so many words. We did get a chance to learn about one of the newer ghosts, but in a way completely different from all of the others.
That isn’t to say that the issue was devoid of flashbacks. No. Instead, this flashback went to Daphne’s best friend, a surprisingly determined and loyal friend. Not many people would chase their friend across the country like this woman. It’s easy to see why Daphne liked her so much. We could all use a friend like her in our lives.
Ghosted in L.A. #5 is another example of fun and bright artwork. There’s something so satisfying about the color palette designed for the ghosts (lovely shades of teal, for those that are curious), and about the level of expressions shown on all of the characters within these pages.
There are a lot of memorable moments within this issue. For example, the newest ghost is understandably melancholy, and it shows on her face. Her pain is vibrant and real, as is her sense of loss. And of course ,there are the colors, which have been consistently pretty amazing.
Siobhan Keenan and Sina Grace worked together on the artwork, with Cathy Le providing the colors I just gushed about. And then there’s DC Hopkins, who did the lettering for the issue. And honestly? This team works really well together, as evidenced in this issue.
Ghosted in L.A. #5 was another delightful addition to this series. It has a strong sense of charm, thanks to its heavily character-driven plot. The series is like no other out there, and is oddly refreshing because of it.
I’m honestly looking forward to the next issue in this series. There are several mysteries that need to be solved, and here’s hoping Ghosted in L.A. #6 begins to unravel them all.
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