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Review – Ghosted in L.A. #9 (BOOM! Studios)

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Ghosted in L.A. #9

Writer: Sina Grace
Artists: Siobhan Keenan, Sina Grace, Lea Caballero
Colorists: Cathy Le and Jeremy Lawson
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: March 11th, 2020

Ghosted in L.A. #9 brings a surprising character to the forefront while throwing us dramatically forward with the plot.

 

A New Twist on Perspective in Ghosted in L.A. #9

Ghosted in L.A. has been a series unafraid to delve into the unexpectedly human lives of ghosts, all while building up the intrigue that comes with personal and specter-ly drama. Ghosted in L.A. #9 is no exception. Though it is an issue full of shocking twists and revelations.

While Daphne has really made herself at home in this house infested with ghosts, it’s safe to say that there’s still plenty going on behind the scenes. Every ghost has a past, and that is a fact that becomes clearer with each passing issue.

Ghosted in L.A. #9 (BOOM Studios) main cover by Siobhan Keenan
Ghosted in L.A. #9 (BOOM! Studios) main cover by Siobhan Keenan

There’s also the living to be concerned about, as well as several unknowns. All of that is more than enough to keep fans coming back for more. I know that is the case for myself, at any rate.

Writing

Ghosted in L.A. #9 simultaneously plays with and breaks the patterns of the previous issues. It’s all quite cleverly done, actually, proving that Sina Grace is still intent on surprising his fans whenever he gets the chance.

Where previous issues had taken us into the past of a ghostly member of the series, this issue went a different direction. Our focus was set on the living. One character in specific. It was both fascinating and heavily laden with foreshadowing.

That is not the only development in this issue, proving that the pace is moving forward at lightning speed. The level of intrigue has been steadily increasing this whole time, thanks, in part, to the careful pacing that Grace has set for us.

However, it really does feel like things are going to blow open any moment now. It’s exciting, and admittedly a bit concerning. But only because we’ve had so much time to grow attached to these characters, and the last thing we want is to see any harm come to them.

Art

Ghosted in L.A. #9 is full to the brim of scenes worth gushing over. There’s this careful balance. There’s are the scenes that set the tone, and then there are the scenes full of events and movement. Both are portrayed with perfect precision, but for different reasons.

Siobhan Keenan, Sina Grace, and Lea Caballero were all in charge of the pencils and inks for this issue. Together, they once again brought our beloved characters to life. The expressions and way the powers were portrayed were particular highlights this time around.

Meanwhile, Cathy Le and Jeremy Lawson were the colorists for this issue. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m going to do so again now. I absolutely adore the color palette designed for our ghostly characters. It’s ethereal and beautiful, with a slightly somber tone. It’s perfect.

Lastly, DC Hopkins was the letterer for this issue, and they did a fantastic job here. Their work leads us through each of the scenes, carefully guiding us from one panel to the next. It further set the pacing, which felt so extremely vital here.

Conclusion

Ghosted in L.A. #9 was another thrilling issue, one that took a different turn of events. It is very much still the series we’ve fallen in love with. But the plot has been firmly moved forward, all while taking more risks than ever before.

I honestly don’t know what is going to happen next in this series, but I can tell you that I am anxiously looking forward to finding out. The cliffhanger ending is going to make for a very long month, but I have no doubt that it’ll be worth the wait.

 


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