Tuesday, November 30, 2010

This looks interesting: Lola: A Ghost Story

Find this graphic novel at: [Amazon] [Borders]

Description from the publisher (Oni Press):
Jesse sees dead people, monsters, demons, and lots of other things that go bump in the night that no one else can see. No one except his ailing grandmother - a woman who used her visions to help those living in her small town. The same rural community in all the scary stories Jesse's heard as a child. Man-eating ogres in trees. Farmhouses haunted by wraiths. Even pigs possessed by the devil. Upon his grandmother's passing, Jesse has no choice but to face his demons and whatever else might be awaiting him at grandma's house.

See what some reviewers have to say about this graphic novel:

Doug Zawisza at Comic Book Resources
J Torres delivers a poignant tale of self-discovery here. Jesse's path is known to Jesse, and this story follows him as he wrestles with how best to use his curse. Or is it a gift, as his cousin suggests? Either way, Jesse is well-written, as are the rest of the cast, including Jon and Jon's living sister Maritess. This tale could have easily been a tale of gore and oozing ectoplasm, but Torres delivers the story with just the right amount of eeriness. 

Johanna Draper Carlson at Comics Worth Reading
The sepia-toned art is lovely in its simplicity. It evokes the feeling of a family album or a folktale, echoing the themes of the story. [...] Or’s skill is on display when you notice how expressive his characters are, even with dot eyes and simple shapes making up their anatomy. Just wonderful cartooning, supporting a story that combines questions of faith and truth and heritage.

Nymeth at things mean a lot
I suppose the supernatural elements qualify it as horror, but in the same sense that films like The Orphanage or The Others are horror: they’re not really frightening per se; they’re more about using fantastic and metaphorical elements to explore memory, our relationship with the past, and the effects of grief and loss.

Rob Andrews at Comic Impact
It starts out at a fairly steady pace, giving decent backstory on the relationship that Jesse has with this place his Grandmother used to live, and his relationship with his Grandmother. The same steady pace is maintained throughout the entire graphic novel, and works really well if you read it in one go without putting it down.

Ruel S. De Vera at Philippine Daily Inquirer
At its heart, “Lola” is much more of a ghost story than it initially appears. That is because of the smart game of bait-and-switch that Torres pulls off, even down to the silent single-panel pages he and Or uses to end each act.

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