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Review – Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1

Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1 Cover by Chris Fenoglio
Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1 Cover by Chris Fenoglio

Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1

Scare-tactics

Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1 introduces us to Mia and Ginny two sisters who are prepared for a really boring summer. Mia is supposed to be at camp JellyJam but her injured leg prevented her from going and now she has to spend her whole summer with her grandmother and sister who suffers from an extreme case of allergies. Ginny who constantly has to use an inhaler and does not get to do much just wants to finish her book but she did not bring it with her, luckily there is a nice “spooky” bookstore that might have what she is looking for, too bad her grandmother won’t let her go in. Not to be deterred Ginny knows the store doesn’t close until midnight, with her sister they sneak back out, only to discover the there is more to the store than meets the eye and that Monsters do come out at midnight! Beware you are in for a scare with Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1.

Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1 Cover B by Charles Paul Wilson
Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1 Cover B by Charles Paul Wilson

Now I am going to go ahead say I am super nostalgic for Goosebumps, I grew up right when the books became super popular in the 90’s, so I was very happy to see the title be brought to comic book form. Now Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1 is obviously aiming for a younger audience as the books a geared toward. The story is pretty straightforward and I like what IDW is doing with the Goosebumps comic series making them three issue stories and then handing it over to another writer and artist for another standalone three-issue story, which sounds about perfect. Jeremy Lambert does a good job of introducing the characters and setting up the basic story and plot, Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1 does feel like the first two or three chapters of a Goosebumps book so it does have that going for it.

Art

Chris Fenoglio does a good job of setting the more all ages “tone” of the story with his art. He has a very cartoony style that fits well with the story being told, his art really shines with some great facial expressions throughout the issue. Being a Goosebumps series I would like the art to be maybe a little bit less cartoony and maybe a little creepier, but I can see if they are shooting for a little younger audience where this art is more fitting. There is a great creepy cover by C.P. Wilson III, it really hits the spot for anyone that remembers all those great covers the Goosebumps books used to have.

Conclusion

I am judging Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1 on what it is a revamp of Goosebumps in comic book form for a younger audience and I am wondering how that is going to go? Do kids read Goosebumps novels anymore? I know there was a movie released last year, for someone like me who grew up reading the books and watching the tv show I get all the little jokes and nods throughout Goosebumps Monster at Midnight #1 and characters that are in it, but I am just curious how someone younger and not as familiar with the franchise would feel about Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight#1? It is a pretty good all-ages book, nothing great but it is off to a good start and I am intrigued by the rotating format that if one story does not catch my eye I will be on the look at in a few months for the next one.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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