Ghosted in L.A. #10
Daphne was just getting used to living with ghosts, but when a mysterious door in the basement flies open, Rycroft Manor is overwhelmed with even more strange phenomena than anyone knows how to deal with, and that's not to count the secret threat that Michelle poses. Explained better by Ricky himself:
Even while being a fairly funny, absurd and exaggerated series, this concrete issue takes that to the next level. While keeping the dark mystery vibe of #9 around, with even a creepy possession of a ghost & was-that-an-hypnosis-of-Daphne?!?!, and again ending the issue without revealing too much what’s to come for our favorite ghosts, this time Sina delivers more innuendos and fun phrasing than most of this series, and that’s a lot to say about a book that is priding itself in taking heavy issues with fun words.
Pam’s denial represents a lot of what’s complex and wrong with Rycroft Manor, with her insistence that “old houses just do these scary things” in those one-color background cartoon-like panels just at the beginning. I feel like, with this being an issue mostly handling – with humorous tone – conflict, gaslighting and these ghosts’ (especially Pam) complicated relationship with Agi, the change of artist to Sina handling the art too is a fitting one. This is an issue focused on character interactions and relationships, and Sina’s art, more about faces and lips and characters exaggeration than preciousness, gets the issue closer to that tone. Normally I would have missed Siobhan’s participation (who by the way does an incredible and very clever cover that relates to Michelle’s sidequest on this issue), but this time I’m more than fine with a more direct and rough approach by Sina.
Lots of spoilers now, that character interaction focused art and story gets a horny inflexion and we actually get a (just the right amount of off-camera) sex scene between Daphne and Zola which is H O T, not forced, character fitting, organic, adorable and hilarious, especially right after it… Absolutely a high point of the issue and one of my favorite hot scenes in comics, visually and narratively. Ah, and of course, it ends in a cliffhanger. Not gonna let us rest!
This issue of Ghosted in L.A. is the best of this series exaggerated to a ten: funny, melodramatic, exploring dark and traumatic issues with innuendos, gay, hot, and a roller coaster. Get ready cause there's no way this won't let you with your mouth wide open!
Ghosted in L.A. #10: Better To Laugh And Be Hot In This Emotional Weather
Writing - 10/1010/10
Storyline - 9/109/10
Art - 9.5/109.5/10
Color - 9.5/109.5/10
Cover Art - 9.5/109.5/10
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