Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel (2010)
Age 12 and up
Ghostopolis is about a boy named Garth who is dying of an incurable disease and gets stuck in Ghostopolis because of Frank Gallows. Frank Gallows works for the Supernatural Immigration Task Force Headquarters as an agent that sends ghost back to Ghostopolis. While chasing down the ghost of a horse and attempting to send it back Frank gets stuck on one side of a wall with half of the horse, Garth with the other, when Frank presses the button that send the horse back as well as Garth who is stuck in the horse’s rib cage. Garth is left with Skinny, the horse, while Frank tries to find a way into Ghostopolis. Frank seeks the help of Claire Voyant a ghost and a past love interest. When they get to Ghostopolis they see that much has change the place has been taken over by Vaugner. Vaugner is determined to get his hands on Garth because he fears he is trying to take his kingdom. All is not as it seems, some fallow Vaugner , but is there another that some of the seven leaders may pledge their allegence to? Can Garth, Claire, and Frank manage to put an end to Vaugner’s rule? Read to find out.
This was the first graphic novel I have ever read and I must say it was an interesting experience. Trying to derive meaning almost entirely from pictures is something you have to learn how to do. You have to learn to read facial feature to extract what the character is feeling and determine the action by piecing together several pictures. It was quite fun, especially because this story had some unexpected twists.
If you liked this book try these:
Bad Island by Doug TenNapel
Power Up by Doug TenNapel