Title: Polterguys Vol 1
Author: Laurianne Uy & Nathan Go
May Contain Spoilers
Bree is a smart but socially awkward college girl who ends up moving into a house that’s haunted by five ghost guys. She’s the only one who can see these ghosts so she has to help them resolve their unfinished business.
I haven’t been reading many graphic novels lately, and I’m at a loss as to why. I think I was getting tired of the episodic formula, and more specifically, I was getting burnt out on waiting for new installments of my favorite series. Throw in the number that have been canceled over the last few years, and well, I kind of lost any enthusiasm I had for comics. I have received a few that looked very promising, though, so I started picking them up again. So far, I am glad that I did, because I did miss the storytelling style. I love the marriage of art and words, so I am slowly wading back into the world of graphic novels.
Polterguys looked cute, so I decided to give it a read. It is cute, and the whole time I was reading it, I wondered why I never get to experience the life of a shoujo heroine. I want a bunch of cute guys to clean my house and make me breakfast. Why hasn’t this happened yet? I’m so jealous! Why doesn’t stuff like this ever happen in real life?? It’s commonplace in manga, but finding a guy in real life who can cook and clean – it’s about as rare as finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Bree is your typical nerd. She is studious and dedicated to becoming a doctor. She is awkward with others, and has no close friends. In fact, she had to bribe some girls to pretend to be her friends so her mom could take pix of Bree and her BFFs at her high school graduation. I was feeling a little down for Bree, because everyone deserves someone to confide in, but other than her poster of Sanjay Gupta, she has nobody. She has also irritated the floor advisor at the college dorms because she can’t get along with her roommates. Oh, poor Bree, just wait to see what Fate has in store for you!
When the opportunity comes to rent a room off campus, Bree jumps at the chance. Finally, she will have peace, quiet, and the solitude that she has longed for. Only the house is a little decrepit, and better yet, she discovers that it’s haunted! With five hottie ghosts! Bree quickly learns that none of them can remember much about their past, and until they can resolve the issues keeping them from moving on, they are trapped on this plane. Worse, they are in danger, because there is an evil ghost bounty hunter after them! Mustering up every last bit of courage, Bree promises to help all of them find peace.
I enjoyed Polterguys because of the light tone. While there are some dark and dangerous elements to the story, most of it is fun and humorous. Bree’s social awkwardness is a humorous contrast to the ghosts’ charming approachability. Only gruff Alex shows any reservation about getting involved with Bree. As the unofficial leader of the ghosts, he feels a lot of pressure to keep everyone together and safe. He isn’t pleased to think about the dangers and complications that Bree represents. It turns out he was right; having Bree around is going to have terrible repercussions as the ghosts let their guard down and get a little careless.
There is some inconsistency to the art, but the style works well with the overall tone of the story. While there isn’t really anything new here, I enjoyed the presentation, and found the cliffhanger ending more than enough to get me excited about reading the next volume of Polterguys.
Review copy provided by author
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