Father/daughter team Ethan Sacks and Naomi Sacks get spooky with the upcoming book A Haunted Girl #1 from Image Comics. With art by Marco Lorenzana, will this haunt your nightmares?
We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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A Haunted Girl #1 Advance Review:
In this book, we meet Cleo, a girl who has suffered unspecified trauma. Cleo also may or may not be seeing horrific ghosts. As she reintegrates into high school, will she be able to push past her issues, or will they come back to… Haunt her?
Our resident scaredy-cat, Pete LePage, said that the new horror book “definitely walks the line for me as far as too scary, but I did enjoy this.” He added, “the art did a great job of making it accessible.” LePage also noted it has “a hint of anime to the style.”
Alex Zalben agreed, calling the “really good creature designs” reminiscent of J-Horror.
Justin Tyler also found the book, “scary,” though without spoiling too much liked that the ending blew out into a, “much larger mythological understanding.”
Zalben did find the plot slow-played itself a little, though given the big reveals at the end, “I’m interested to read the second one, and that is obviously the mark of a good first issue.”
A Haunted Girl #1 hits comic book stores on October 11.
A Haunted Girl #1 Official Synopsis:
Cleo, an adopted 16-year-old Japanese-American whose depression drove her to near-suicide, is trying unsuccessfully to reintegrate back into her old life. But her struggles are just beginning as she encounters an increasingly terrifying succession of ghosts. Is she losing her grip on reality…or is the explanation much worse?