Graphic Novel Review: Ghosted in L.A

I haven’t picked up a graphic novel since I was a preteen. Those times were just for leisure and even then, I was fascinated by the visuals. Combining artwork and an entire story. Years later, after reviewing countless of books, I’ve decided to give YA graphic novels a shot.

Daphne Walters moves to Los Angeles and finds that the only ones who can help her find love and live life to the fullest are the ghosts of her new home!

In Los Angeles, finding an apartment is killer—unless you live with the dead. Daphne Walters moves to Los Angeles for her boyfriend Ronnie, ready to live her happily ever after. But when happily ever after turns into happily for a month, she’s stuck in a strange city with no friends, family, or prospects for fun. Desperate to escape the lingering ghost of Ronnie’s presence everywhere, Daphne sets out to explore the city—and ends up encountering ghosts of a more literal kind! Rycroft Manor is abandoned, beautiful, and haunted. Will the dead be able to help Daphne find the life she’s been missing in the big city? From GLAAD Award-nominated Sina Grace (Iceman) and illustrator Siobhan Keenan (Jem and the Holograms) comes a story about learning how to make friends, find love, and live life to the fullest with a little help from some friends whose lives didn't end at death. Collects Ghosted In L.A #1-4.

Thank you to NetGalley who approved my request for my first ever graphic novel review! Also to BOOM! Box, who provided the digital copy.

Ghosted in L. A is the first volume out of four. I hope to read the next volumes as I really enjoyed it. The comic was fast-paced and got right to the ghosts at the right time. The fact that each ghost has its own backstory really contributed to their personalities. I’m really excited and intrigued on how far we’ll get to know them.

Our main character, Daphne, is a bit of something. She’s pretty, that’s for sure! Yet I couldn’t connect myself with her or even sympathize with her when she got into trouble. I was mostly there for the ghosts, but I guess her demeanor fitted the storyline.

The artwork is amazing. I love the vivid colors when we’re in the present, then the sepia, dull color scheme when we’re in the past reading and discovering the lives of the ghosts past. I also noticed how the speech bubbles differ from when a human is speaking compared to a ghost. That part had to secretly be my favorite and I have this feeling it will contribute to the story further in the volumes.

Another thing I liked and spoiler alert—was that each ghost had their own powers. I think you can call it that. That’s what makes them unique apart from their life story. I was definitely more interested in the ghosts than Daphne at one point. Daphne’s life seemed to be the conflicts that the ghosts also have to face. From her jealous best friend back home to her boyfriend breaking up with her. Daphne’s life is just starting to turn upside down.

With this being my first review on a graphic novel, I’m proud to give it four out of five stars! I hope to read the future volumes and get more into graphic novels!

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