REVIEW CORNER: A Haunted Girl # 1

A Haunted Girl # 1 (2023)
Writers: Ethan Sacks & Naomi Sacks
Artist: Marco Lorenzana
This week I will look at “A Haunted Girl # 1” from Syzygy and Image Comics. Written by Ethan Sacks and his daughter, Naomi, this four-issue miniseries tells the chilling story of a young Japanese-American girl named Cleo who is trying her best to reintegrate back into normalcy after trying to commit suicide due to her depression but finds herself losing her grip on reality after encountering a series of frightening ghosts.
Before the Sacks get to the actual horrifying elements of this story, most of it is a slow-burner and while the premise actually gets you invested in the characters, it’s really a story about mental health that blends teen angsts to perfection but for the most part, the issue barely stands out to the point where we have to wait until the next issue to get the full scope of the story. I applaud the Sacks for not giving too much away but they could have pulled the curtain back just a little instead of giving us small doses.
It’s too early to tell if this series will get any better since this issue succeeded in introducing us to the central characters. Let’s see if the Sacks, along with artist Marco Lorenzana get things moving along and at the same time, build up some goodwill for the audience.
Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around. I will see you all next time.

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