Ghosted In LA #1 - Panel in Page 4 of Daphne In a Car.

Ghosted In LA #1: If You Want To Be My Lover, Do You Have To Be A Ghost?

Ghosted In LA #1 is all about what it means to find yourself, or at least as close as you can to it. I mean, no one truly knows themselves, but they spend endlessly trying to find it. Daphne reminds me of that. Ghosted In LA #1 is a comic series that was and still is exciting for us. The series is under BOOM! and crafted by Sina Grace, illustrated by Siobhan Keenan (who’s art style I love along with Sina Grace’s as well), colored by Cathy Le, and lettered by DC Hopkins. As per usual, we like to give a shoutout to Michelle Ankley for design, Michael Moccio for assistant editing, and Shannon Watters for editing this series. Now, without further ado, let’s talk about little ol’ Daphne.

Ghosted In LA #1 Brings Spooky Stressful Adult Life Content

At the start of the issue, we get a flashback sequence (or what we perceive to be a flashback). Daphne and her best gal pal, Kristi, are having a going away lunch (from what it seems). At this point, they are talking and things take a turn. Kristi lets Daphne know how she truly feels about Ronnie, they made a promise, and Daphne doesn’t sit well with that.

They end up in murky waters but any best gal pal friendship lasts forever, right? This is where we get the present day, Daphne is in LA officially and doesn’t know anything or anyone (except Ronnie and her roommate). What you don’t know is that Daphne moved to an entirely new place across the country to be with her boyfriend.

Ghosted In LA #1: Variant Cover
Ghosted In LA #1: Variant Cover by BOOM! Box.

She doesn’t know and has never been to LA in her life. When her roommate locks her out and her “friends” leave her waiting for a “party she was invited to,” what’s a girl to do? Get some emotional support from her boyfriend, right? Wrong. Daphne instead gets a breakup:

“It’s not you, it’s me; I need to find myself and we can’t be high school sweethearts forever.”

She has nowhere to go and no friends in LA so she stumbles upon a mansion. A mansion that is full of ghosts. She makes a deal… and it goes downhill from there — or does it?

Sina Grace Is Elegant With The Writing Of Ghosted In LA #1

The writing style by Sina Grace is wonderful, having read previous comics from Grace, we knew what we were getting into. It flows incredibly well and it’s relatable. We’ve all done something dumb in life, like following a boyfriend across the country, so it stands out. Granted, I’ve never run into ghosts, but the relatable factor is present throughout. The start of Ghosted In LA #1 is setting the scene and narrative. You get the friendship breakup, the relationship breaks up, the weird roommate, and the ghost situation.

Those are going to be the four main factors throughout the series from what we see as readers. My absolute favorite aspect of Ghosted In LA #1 is when Daphne runs into the ghosts and starts contemplating her life. She screams about how she ate one piece of pizza once and didn’t stay kosher. It is a hilarious few pages full of banter with herself thinking she was going to become possessed? (Or at the very least, die.) It is something I would do, so I could relate. There are no issues with the writing, it is mighty in every aspect with this first issue.

Especially when you get to the panels with the ghosts. As a reader, in your head, you make voices for characters in comics since it’s such a medium that doesn’t have a voice. I could easily make a voice for each one of these ghosts by the way Grace writes them. That is a gift.

Ghosted In LA #1‘s Art Is Just As Elegant As The Writing Is

Onto the artwork, I am in love with it. The multiple colors when you get to the panels with the ghosts are to die for… literally. The ghosts being a teal color and the background color changing with each emotion is just… incredible. I cannot get over the exquisite coloring of the ghosts, that has to be my favorite aspect of Ghosted In LA #1. I do enjoy the many faces of Daphne, they are so colorful and made to be exaggerative (such as her character is).

There Is One Small Moment…

Still, I was worried for a moment because in the flashback, in the beginning, the facial expressions are interesting. There’s a side profile of Kristi that looks very eerie; on the panel, she says, “I need to say this… I can’t lie to you any longer.” It didn’t look like her frontal face so it was a bit off-putting. This could just be because of the drastically different art styles between the two. Again, this didn’t hinder our reading but did have us look at it once or twice again when we went back to read it the second time around. That has to be the only issue we had with the comic.

Ghosted In LA #1: Page 1, Kristi and Daphne In a Flashback
The Panel Aforementioned — Kristi’s Interesting Side Profile — Ghosted In LA #1: Page 1 by BOOM! Box.

Nonetheless, Ghosted In LA #1 does a fantastic thing with texts. I’ve read various comics with “texting” bubbles and notifications but this one got it down. It’s retro: “beep, beep’s” makes my life complete. But, also, the text bubbles are modern because they are the green and blue meaning we know who is talking to whom, and the little “delete, delete” is incredible. The entire art team does a fantastic job with the minute aspects of lettering, coloring, and art. It makes me happy, as a reader, to see the team take the time to insert modern details.

If You Want To Be My Lover… You Have To Be A Ghost…

At the end of the day, in a world full of comics, finding one that stands out is tough. There are so many that come out on a week-to-week basis that it is hard to keep up sometimes. When you find that one that is vibrant and written well and has all of the features you like, it is a glorious moment. Ghosted In LA #1 is one of those. It stands out for its concept, but also its heart. There is a spectacular team behind it, a hardworking team, and you can tell by Ghosted In LA #1 that they took the time to add the details for the reader. I am eager to see where this comic goes in future issues. But you can count on The Daily Fandom to cover whatever it is that happens.

PROS
THE COLORS
THE CHARACTERS
THE NARRATIVE
RONNIE WAS TRASH ANYWAY, WHO NEEDS EM'
READY FOR SOME GHOST ACTION
THE TEAM
CONS
THE WEIRD FACIAL ART EARLY ON, BUT NOTHING TOO MAJOR
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GIRL, THEY'RE GHOSTS?

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