Ghosts Edwin Paine and Charles Rowland, introduced in Neil Gaiman's fourth Sandman opus, Season of Mists
(1994), and featured in Thompson's At Death's Door
(2003), are still avoiding Death and still finding time to run their own detective agency. Their latest case brings them stateside to a girls' boarding school in Chicago. While undercover, they work their way through the clues to find an absent classmate. They and their new friends at the school suspect the worst, and the teachers' mysterious attitude about the missing girl isn't helping. Thompson's cute art, distinctive while remaining within traditional manga
-anime conventions, fits a story full of well-written over-the-top screwball comedy and featuring cameo appearances by Death and the Sandman. Sandman series fans may be a little disappointed (it's too cute), but manga
mavens will be in heaven. Tina ColemanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Jill Thompson has worked widely throughout the comic industry. She has pencilled issues of The Invisibles, Sandman and Wonder Woman, to name but a few. She has also written a series called Scary Godmother for Sirius comics, which is currently being adapted for animation.
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