This review was a long time coming, but somehow I neglected it. Anyway, American Ghost Jack was not what I was expecting; it was much better than what I expected! I will be ranking this on story, characters, writing, art, and world building.
Summary: Young Ma Go-eun and her father are about to be evicted from the haunted house they’ve run throughout the years. But Go-eun is not about to let the park owner demolish their haunted house and her memories of her childhood and her mother. She resolves to go to the United States to surpass trials and get a million dollar cash prize awarded to those who can survive a stay in Ghost Jack’s House.
Story: 4/5: The plot may not sound like the most unique story in the world, but it is truly the writing that makes it special. The story starts off simply, and more like a horror. But as it goes on, the genre becomes more like paranormal, romance, mystery, and touches of thriller. It has a great pace.
Characters: 4.5/5: There are really just four characters that get a lot of attention by the writer, but boy, do they get a lot of focus and development. Even that one irritating character (you’ll know who I mean) gets development and a plot twist. But the two characters who stand out are the leads; Go-Eun Ma and Jack Bland. You begin to care about Go-Eun after five episodes, even while knowing next to nothing about her. And Jack Bland is just one of the most interesting characters I’ve seen in a while; his reasons for doing what he does is not romanticized, and truly it isn’t Go-Eun who changes him; it’s an internal thing that’s been in the process for years, and she merely brings it out.
Writing: 5/5: As I said, the story would be fairly predictable and boring if it weren’t for the amazing writing. The author always has a twist up their sleeve, and they are good twists that contribute to the plot, not shock value that produces cheap emotion in the reader that seems to be abundant in thriller nowadays. Each twist adds something to the story, and it always makes logical sense. It also has a good, steady pace, neither too fast or too slow. (Though I wish I could read season 2!)
Art: 5/5: The art may not see, like anything special at first, but just give it time; it becomes so beautiful, so stunning and detailed, that I want to get the Tapastic app just to look at the completed pictures. Thankfully, I can find a few of them on Google, but still. It becomes absolutely breathtaking and detail oriented. If I ever make another Top Ten Beautiful Webtoons/Webcomics list, this will definitely be there somewhere.
World building: 4.5/5: The world of the mansion is detailed and slowly explained. It’s a plot twist in itself, so I can’t give much away. But it’s twisty and logical, and is clarified as the story goes along.
- CHEMISTRY: in so many pieces of fiction where romance becomes a leading factor, I typically find the chemistry to be off. Not in this one. The chemistry between the characters is amazing and packed with genuine feels. And their pasts make you ship it even more.
- Attention to small details: looking back, there was always foreshadowing to some of the bigger plot twists, but it’s carefully hidden; you have to really pay attention and focus. It makes the reader take in more of the story, rather than simply skimming through it.
- Twists with value: again, there are so many mysteries and thrillers where the twists are there simply for shock value and emotional manipulation. Not here; each twist is thought out and adds to the story, adding real emotions for the reader.
- Lack of availability of season 2: easily the biggest flaw, you can only read season 2 on the Tapastic app; it’s locked otherwise, and no other sites have it available. I guess the author had had some legality problems with pirating (not 100% sure, but it makes sense), and only Tapastic has it translated.
- Sebastian ‘s twist: I recently got Icebreaker694 into this comic, and she said she was able to guess Sebastian’s identity…I wasn’t, but I guess it depends on the person…
- The early characters: there were other characters at the mansion besides Go-Eun, Cindy, and Aiden, but they were forgettable in the long run, despite being interesting with their links to death. I wish they could’ve developed more, rather than being filled or stock characters.
Final rating: 5/5.
This is the first five star rating I’ve ever given, and clearly, I think it’s deserved. You can find the comic here: American Ghost Jack. You should read this if you like horror, paranormal, romance, mystery, and thriller. Please read it then; I need people to fangirl to!