Review: Lola: A Ghost Story
Lola: A Ghost Story gets a new edition from Oni Press. Written by J. Torres with art by Elbert Or this new edition celebrates 10 years of the acclaimed graphic novel. Lola: A Ghost Story explores family, grief and Filipino folklore in an all-new edition that includes a revised ending and updated illustrations.
We meet Jesse, a young boy who can see everything supernatural including ghosts. He and his family fly to the Philippines as his Lola (grandmother) has passed and the family is there for her funeral. As he gets reacquainted with his family there, he soon finds out his Lola had the same gift as him. The more time he spends there, the more supernatural creatures present themselves to him. It’s a secret he can’t keep from his family as his cousins start to notice his strange reactions to them. His family’s grieving also becomes overwhelming, as everyone is affected by the loss of his Lola. Each family deals with it in their own way.
Overall, a beautiful and affecting story that illuminates, scares and is full of emotion. The story by Torres is heartfelt, affected, and at times, funny. The art by Or is stunning. Altogether, a story that will make you miss the ones that left you and love the ones who are still here.
Story: J. Torres Art: Elbert Or
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy