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"Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by IDW Publishing

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Written by Denton J. Tipton & Matthew Dow Smith
Illustrated by Chris Fenoglio
Colored by Valentina Pinto
Lettered by Christa Miesner
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 1st, 2019

Review:

There's a creepy house in every neighborhood. You know the one I'm talking about. There was an unspoken rule to skip it on Halloween. Maybe you crossed the street so you didn't have to walk in front of it on your way to school. In any case, you avoided it the best you could. The new Goosebumps series from IDW Publishing, Horrors of the Witch House, puts this very relatable idea front and center.

Writers Denton J. Tipton and Matthew Dow Smith introduce us to a quaint town filled with normal people and normal things, then quietly bring in something abnormal in the form of tech entrepreneur Veruca Curry. She's strange from the beginning with how she embraces the allegedly haunted house. The town is suspicious yet welcoming.

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Since this is a Goosebumps story, the focus is on the kids and how they see things. Up until today, the biggest problems these children had were who to sit next to during lunch. Due to some bizarre circumstances, they're thrown together in a supernatural adventure. The clash of personalities is fun to see, as the shy Rosie is suddenly hanging out with the athletic and popular Becca. They're at the in-between age where they're still innocent kids and not yet jaded teenagers.

The excitable energy of this age is captured by letterer Christa Miesner. Some of the dialogue moves at such a quick pace, like the kids are bursting to share stories and rumors about the haunted house. This keeps the book moving at a nice clip.

Artist Chris Fenoglio establishes the perfect tone for Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House. It's the right mix of cartoon and horror. For example, you can tell right away that Veruca is up to something, but it's more in a witchy version of twiddling a mustache. She's not juggling severed heads or anything like that. Similarly, the house itself is often shown in an ominous manner, like anytime you'd look at it, the sky would turn dark and lightning would strike in the background while an organ played a scary tune.

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Valentina Pinto's colors add to this feeling too. There's a bright quality to them when we're dealing with the normal elements of the story, but they can quickly turn dark and foreboding. When Veruca's powers are revealed, it's done with a burst of green energy that feels like an electric shock on the page.

Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House is another solid addition to this notable series. It's very much an all-ages title, enjoyable for kids and adults alike. The children that grew up reading Goosebumps (myself included) can now share them with their kids in comic book form and that's a wonderful thing. This is a great way to introduce a younger audience into horror without freaking them out.

Grades:

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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Fourstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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