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Review – Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House #2 (IDW Publishing)

Goosebumps: The Horrors of the Witch House #2
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  • Writing - 7/10
    7/10
  • Art - 6.5/10
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Summary

Writer: Denton J. Tipton & Matthew Dow Smith
Artist: Chris Fenoglio 
Colorist: Valentina Pinto
Letterer: Christa Miesner
Maturity Rating: Everyone
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 12, 2019

The new town resident is a witch and she wants to take over the town. It is up to Rosie and her “friends” to stop her. But how do you stop a witch?

Secrets Can Be Dangerous in Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House #2

Rosie and her new “friends” are in trouble. Well, friends, if you count jock Becca, who has to make excuses to talk to you, or Carlos, who is afraid of hurting his popularity by being seen with you in public. Becca and Carlos both have a reason to talk to nerdy girl Rosie now. They stumbled upon the secret of the new resident in town. The rich tech wizard, Veruca Curry, who just moved into the supposedly haunted house is a witch and she wants to take over the town! But in Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House #2, Veruca Curry knows that they know her secret! She can’t let them let her secret out.

Writing

Goosebumps Horrors of the Witch House #2(IDW Publishing) cover by Chris Fenoglio
Goosebumps Horrors of the Witch House #2(IDW Publishing) cover by Chris Fenoglio

Overall I have been enjoying these comic book Goosebumps stories. The first issue of Horrors of the Witch House was pretty solid, so I jumped into this second issue. The writing team does a pretty good job of jumping right into this penultimate issue of this three-issue story. They hit up a good dynamic between the three new “friends”. Rosie has always wanted friends but never fit in. Now through this combined situation, they are all forced to interact. Tipton and Smith make the character interaction fun and a good learning lesson for kids (and everyone) that just because people are different doesn’t mean you can’t be friends.

They do ramp up the “horror” in The Horrors of the Witch House #2. It was a little lacking in the first issue, so it was good to get some scary stuff in this issue. Again the “horror” is more age-appropriate, although I am not really sure what age group they are aiming for. I feel like they could make it a little creepier at times, but still keep that goofiness to it as well.

Art

As with the first issue, Chris Fenoglio‘s art is good. It fits the same art theme that all of these Goosebumps comics have had. It is very cartoony and animated, which works well with the story and again, the age-appropriateness. Fenoglio still does some great animated facial expressions. It is the stand-out of the book. Fenoglio uses the more cartoony and exaggerated style to create some great emotions on the pages. Though still very cartoony and animated, Fenoglio does draw a very creepy sock monkey come to life. It ramped up the frights a little bit. 

The coloring work from Valentina Pinto gets a little bit darker when Veruca uses her witchy spells to attack the children. It adds a nice spookiness to The Horrors of the Witch House #2 that it desperately needed. The darker colorations in those scenes change the mood of the comic superbly well and add a little eeriness to it.

Conclusion

Goosebumps: The Horrors of the Witch House #2 looks to be another solid entry into IDW’s comic book Goosebumps series. Again I am not sure what age group they are looking for but, these seem like a good fit for younger readers or a kid that is easily scared. They have bits and pieces of scariness but as a whole are not that frightening. I would like them to maybe get a little scarier. I am not talking full-on horror, but it does feel like they could ramp it up just a tiny bit at times.


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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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