"Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by IDW Publishing
Written by Jeremy Lambert
Illustrated by Chris Fenoglio
Colored by Brittany Peer
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 3rd, 2018
Mia and Ginny left the comfort of their grandmother's home for a late night visit to the town's creepy bookstore. Now they're trapped in HorrorLand, a demented and terrifying theme park run by Slappy, the ventriloquist's dummy. Can the sisters battle their way through hordes of nightmares to return to safety?
Chris Fenoglio was born to drawn Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight. His style is perfect for this franchise, mixing assorted supernatural creatures with cartoon-quality antics. This is a scary comic, but it's not one that's necessarily going to give your kids nightmares. It strikes the right balance. The sheer variety of monsters seen in this book is impressive. There are a number of classic creatures pulled from the pages of the original Goosebumps books. Not all of them are named, so long time fans of the series will have fun finding all the Easter Eggs.
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Slappy reigns supreme over all of them. He is arguably the most iconic monster to come out of Goosebumps and he's certainly one that everyone remembers. Fenoglio's design for him is chilling. Slappy's eyes are two small red dots, showing no real emotion. He's a dummy after all. His eyebrows cast a permanent mean expression as he menaces Ginny and Mia, taunting them as they move through each horror-filled attraction.
Ginny and Mia show real fear as they flee for their lives. There's a cartoonish quality to their expressions, working well to set the tone of the series. It's a fun kind of scare. The girls rarely get a moment to breathe, so they're almost perpetually exhibiting looks of terror. Colorist Brittany Peer gives the book a creepy feeling, like HorrorLand has never seen daylight before. It's always gloomy.
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The sisters are aided by a small monster named Irk who wants to prove to everyone that he's scary too. This is tough because he looks like a slightly spookier version of a character from Sesame Street, albeit with some very sharp teeth. He makes for a fun companion without coming off as a total joke. There's a nice twist with him at the end of this issue that creates a great cliffhanger.
Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight is an awesome way to introduce horror to a younger audience. It's an all-ages title so there is something for kids and adults alike. Fans of the original young adult books by R.L. Stine will absolutely love this comic. It makes me want to dig up my old books to revisit them.