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Ghosted in L.A. #8

Writer: Sina Grace
Artists: Siobhan Keenan & Sina Grace
Colorist: Cathy Le
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: February 12th, 2020

Ghosted in L.A. 8 was a highly anticipated issue, bringing Shirley to the forefront, alongside her desire to move on.

 

When It’s Time to Move on in Ghosted in L.A. #8

Fans of the delightful paranormal series have likely been eagerly looking forward to Ghosted in L.A. #8. The last issue in the series left us off after a rather weighted announcement—and we’ve all felt the pain of waiting to see the ensuing reactions.

For those new to the series: Daphne is just your ordinary college student, but with a few twists (naturally). For one thing, she’s still struggling to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life…which actually is pretty on par with most college students.

Ghosted in L.A. #8 (BOOM Studios) main cover by Siobhan Keenan
Ghosted in L.A. #8 (BOOM! Studios) main cover by Siobhan Keenan

The noteworthy part of her story? Her house. Or rather, the other people who live in her house, though that might be a bit of a misnomer in this instance, being that they’re all ghosts. Yes, Daphne has found shelter in a house full of ghosts. And all they ask in return is that she handles all of the tasks that typically require a body. Shopping, turning the pages of a book, etc.

Writing

Whew. It was a rough month waiting for the Ghosted in L.A. #8. I don’t know about you, but I was fairly concerned to see what the reaction would be to Shirley’s announcement. It’s without a doubt the highest emotional chord struck in the series so far, which is honestly saying something.

Sina Grace’s writing lived up to all of the expectations placed on it during that wait. The story that unfolded here was emotionally compelling and more than a little bit intriguing. We’re finally getting to see more of the ghostly world—but that comes with its own complications.

As with most of the rest of this series, issue number eight made a point of starting off with a flashback. This time around we’re focused on Shirley’s life, which makes sense, given that she’s taken control of the narrative for this story. Still, it’s refreshing to see a little bit more about one of the dominant personalities in this series.

As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, there are actually several other smaller (for the moment) plots forming in the background. It’s likely that most of the main characters aren’t even aware that this is happening, but that will surely change.

Art

The artwork behind Ghosted in L.A. #8 is simply stunning. Shirley’s backstory is full of these lovely muted colors. They immediately indicate that we’re in another flashback (though her not being a ghost was a decent hint) as well as setting the tone for what was to come.

I’m honestly still a little bit in love with the way each and every ghost in this series has been designed. Not just individually, but as a group aesthetic. It’s obvious what they are, and yet there is still this sense of artistic license that has been taken with them. It’s a perfect balance.

Siobhan Keenan worked alongside Sina Grace to provide the line art for this issue, and they honestly make a great team. They’ve managed to infuse so much into the characters, turning even a simple scene into so much more.

Meanwhile, Cathy Le provided the coloring, and she did a splendid job. Her backgrounds are an ideal example of simple-yet-elegant. They’re lush and vibrant, offsetting the muted themes of the issue. Finally, we have DC Hopkins, who provided the lettering. They made a lot of brilliant choices in placement, especially during some of the tenser scenes portrayed.

Conclusion

Ghosted in L.A. #8 was a shocking read, but perhaps not for the reasons, you might expect. This was an emotional peak in the series, forcing character development and changes left and right. Not knowing how far those changes will go, I’ve got to admit that I’m excited to find out.


 

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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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