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Review – Ghosted in L.A. #1 (Boom! Box)

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Summary

Ghosted in L.A. #1
Creator: Sina Grace
Writer: Sina Grace
Artists: Siobhan Keenan & Sina Grace
Colorist: Cathy Le
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Cover Artist: Siobhan Keenan
Variant Cover Artists: Sina Grace & Jamie Loughran
Publisher: Boom! Box
Release Date: July 10th, 2019

Ghosted in L.A. #1 brings a unique blend and perspective into the comic book world. Here we meet Daphne, and her soon to be ghostly friends.

Ghosted in L.A. #1 Begins a Tale of New and…Different Friendships

Ghosted in L.A. is the newest series to come out of Boom! Box and what originally caught my attention was the art style. Something about it really reminded me of The Thrilling Adventure Hour – another series I’ve been really enjoying lately. And so it was enough to encourage me to give this one a try. And I’m pretty glad that I did.

Ghosted in L.A. #1 is a new series following the life of college student Daphne. She’s in desperate need of a journey to find herself, even if she doesn’t know it yet. Thankfully, a few real life experiences kind of force her hand there. And some supernatural experiences.

This series is perfect for anybody looking for a lighter comic series to dive into. It’ll make for a great escape. At least, if the first issue is anything to go by.

Writing

Ghosted in LA #1( BOOM! Studios) cover art by Siobhan Keenan
Ghosted in LA #1 Cover Art by Siobhan Keenan

There was a lot of setup that had to be done in Ghosted in L.A. #1, but you can still get a strong idea of what Sina Grace is going for here. The tone is light and relaxed, despite the supernatural promises of the cover and description. And that’s a good thing. It fits Daphne, the main character. And will likely suit the secondary characters as we get to know them.

The series gave us plenty of time to get to know Daphne and her situation in life. And while it may not be the most flattering depiction of her character, it clearly wasn’t meant to be. Here we’re introduced to a girl who needs to take some time and learn about herself. And I’ve got to say, Grace did a good job of making that fact very clear.

The main plot of this series didn’t really come up until near the end of the issue. However, it made more sense once we got to know more about the world and the main character. So that was a good call. And it left me curious to see where things were going to lead.

Art

The art in Ghosted in L.A. #1 is both understated and oddly cute. Siobhan Keenan, Sina Grace, and Cathy Le all worked on the artwork together. Keenan and Grace were the illustrators, while Le provided the colors. Together it all felt cohesive. And it reminded me a lot of some of Boom! Box’s other iconic works.

I loved the use of bolder shapes combined with a light hand on shading. And the character expressions were an absolute highlight as well – showing a complete range of emotions. Which is good, since there were several characters to see, and not much time for them all to speak. Their faces did some of the talking for us.

The colors in this issue were really well done as well. There’s one page showing a repeating set of panels, clearly designed with the intention to show the passing of time. The sunny day fading to nighttime was striking. If only we could all have sunsets like that.

Conclusion

Ghosted in L.A. looks like it’s going to be an interesting blend of supernatural and a journey to find oneself. And possibly even a tale of friendship? Only time will tell on the latter.

Ghosted in L.A. #1 went a long way in establishing the characters and story, but I’m looking forward to seeing the plot progress in the next issue. I imagine that is where we’ll get into the thick of things. That being said, I feel like this is going to be a series to keep an eye on.


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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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