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Review – Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #3 (IDW Publishing)

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #3 cover by Chris Fenoglio

It’s a Frightful Night in Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #3

Mia and Ginny have been trapped in Horror Land all night! Slappy and his troves of monsters are intent on keeping the sisters in Horror Land forever. Ghouls and monsters come at them from every corner and each new venue brings a horrifying fright! Worst of all now in Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #3, Irk, their only friend in this fiendish land, has drunk a barrel of monster blood and has become a giant, terrifying monster!

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #3 alternate cover by Drew RauschWill Irk come to his senses and help Mia and Ginny escape Horror Land? Has Slappy once again won the day? More scares and frightful happenings continue in the conclusion of Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #3.

Writing

This is the first complete story in IDW’s Goosebumps comic book world. Jeremy Lambert overall did a fantastic job of catching the Goosebumps feel and successfully transferring it into the comic book world. The characters are a lot of fun and he balances the scary and funny well throughout the issue and series. After the first issue, it seems Lambert really hit his stride with the story and characters. The setup in issue #1 was a little rough, but these past two issues were pretty solid. 

 

Now, this Goosebumps comic did not break the mold or anything, but then again I was not expecting it to. Also, these are obviously geared toward a much younger audience, and from that perspective, Lambert did a good job storywise. Everything flows just as I remember the Goosebumps books flowing and it has a pretty solid ending to boot.

Art

Chris Fenoglio ramped up the creepiness in issue #2 and kept it in this issue. He plays well with that all-ages type vibe to Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight. Things are kind of scary, but not too over-the-top. He has excellent cartooning skills and does well with the exaggerated facial expressions and actions. The creepy ghost grandma scene really stands out in Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #3 for toeing that line of being scary but still keeping it toned down for the kids. 

It also does not hurt that one of my favorite colorists, Brittany Peer, is on this series. She does a fantastic job of making Fenoglio’s cartoony style really pop off the pages. Again that creepy ghost grandma scene stands out with Brittany Peer’s colors. The purple hue with the hints of red sets those pages off!

Conclusion 

Overall this first three-issue story arc for the Goosebumps comic series feels like a success. The only major problem would be that I do not like it coming out in single issues. When the three issues are combined it feels just like a Goosebumps book that would be great for kids, but being split up into three single issues the story kind of flounders. That is really the only downside and I really think this will sell great to kids as a collected story instead of in single issues. 

This does have me looking forward to the next creative team, who will have a three-issue story arc entitled Goosebumps: Download and DieIf they can capture the Goosebumps vibe like the creative team on Monsters at Midnight did, then we are in for a fright!


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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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