Rating: 5/5 – Making Friends in L.A. is Hard, but Daphne Gets Creative.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.
The newest comic from creator/writer Sina Grace (Iceman, Not My Bag) is a story where the main character Daphne goes away to college in Los Angeles and finds that everything is not going the way she had dreamed it would. Friends (both her boyfriend & friends at school), social interactions, and life in general all end up being more complicated than she had hoped. But then… ghosts!
The ghosts are pictured on the cover, and referenced in the multiple meaning title, so their presence is not much of a spoiler, but I won’t go into the specifics of how Daphne meets them or how their initial interactions proceed. That would spoil the enjoyment you would get from reading the issue, and I really hope people will love this title as much as I did. Grace’s dialogue flows naturally and the events “feel real”, which is hopefully a goal of writing a book that’s essentially slice of life, but with a fun twist.
Siobhan Keenan provides the art (with a contribution on a few pages from Grace, who is also an accomplished comic book artist, though he is mainly writer on this series). Keenan his a very clean style that conveys they action and emotion without a lot of additional/unnecessary linework. She has a great facility in facial expressions and body language that added a lot to the story in a subtle way.
There’s a lot more story to tell, Grace & Keenan have just revealed the tip of an iceberg in this debut issue. I look forward to continuing on with the series as they flesh out the Ghostly characters and build more out of their interactions with the living world, as well as Daphne’s continuing adjustment to life in L.A. I can see this growing into a solid spot in my top 10 if I enjoy subsequent issues as much as this debut.
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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