He sees dead people- among other horrors
By Ruel S. De Vera
NO MATTER HOW DESCRIPTIVE YOU might find the graphic novel’s title, “Lola: A Ghost Story,” written by J. Torres and illustrated by Elbert Or (Oni Press, Portland, 2009, 112 pages), is just full of spooky surprises.
Torres, the Filipino-Canadian comic book veteran behind the indie hit “The Copybook Tales” as well as the more mainstream “Teen Titans Go!,” celebrates his Filipino roots like never before with this project, injecting a great amount of intensity and thoughtfulness into the novel.
Paired with the rising talent Or, he completes the long-delayed “Lola” with a definite flourish.
The teenaged Jesse returns to the Philippines from Canada with his parents to attend the funeral of his grandmother, the titular Lola. Jesse apparently shares the gift of supernatural sight with his Lola, and his arrival is greeted by the cheerful visitations of a ghost—but not quite the kind Jesse expected.
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LOLA: A Ghost Story (Oni Press)
Story by J. Torres / Pencils by Elbert Or
Inks by Jonas Diego and Elbert Or (with assists from some of Elbert's students)
Grayscale by Robo Monkey Pixel Fighters' (RMPF) Neil Amiel Cervantes and Katrina Mae Hao
Available in hardcover from Sputnik Comics, Druid’s Keep, Comic Odyssey, Planet X and Fully Booked.