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A Spirited Romance

by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker ; illustrated by Phil Hester & Mauricio Wallace & John Rauch

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-68415-231-5
Publisher: BOOM! Studios

A lighthearted adventure involving a suave, ghost-fighting couple, a good dose of ghost psychology and know-how, and plenty of cocktails.

Based on a popular stage production and podcast performed live for over 10 years in the style of old-time radio, this collected edition of several episodes transitions effortlessly into comic-book format. The tone is set by the warning found at the beginning of the book “WARNING: This volume contains two-fisted action, full-hearted romance and spine-tingling terror. Sometimes concurrently. PLEASE READ RESPONSIBLY.” Indeed, sometimes the two-fisted action can involve dealing with a monster by chopping off its head, but more often by understanding the ghost and giving it a stern talking to. The fearless couple, Frank and Sadie Doyle, are somewhat reminiscent of Morticia and Gomez Addams. The artwork is vibrant—the palette rich in deep blues and purple—the action is spirited, and the conversation comedic in its intensity. Not to be overlooked is the behind-the-scenes material at the end of the book, with notes and commentary from the authors in which they detail how they envision the transition from script to graphic novel.

Perfect for those who enjoy their ghost stories laced with a dose of humor.

(Graphic fiction. 12-18)