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"Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by IDW Publishing

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Written by Marieke Nijkamp
Illustrated by Yasmin Florez Montanez
Colored by Rebecca Nalty
Lettered by Danny Djeljosevic
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on September 23rd, 2020

Review:

Every town has its secrets. Fever Swamp's seem isolated in one spot: the swamp it's named after. There are rumors of genuine monsters lurking in that area and Blake and Lily decide to check it out for themselves. This should be nothing for them as they're skilled adventurers in their own right...online anyway.

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp starts out light on scares and heavy on character development. We're introduced to Blake and Lily and get a good idea of their personalities and how they clash. Blake is new to the area and has had a hard time making friends, while Lily is more established, but not without her own insecurities. Writer Marieke Nijkamp does a great job cementing them both and the world around them.

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That is integral to the enjoyment of this comic, as you know there are monsters in their future. We become invested in their lives, so when they're put in danger, there's much more of a shock factor. That comes in during the tail end of this issue, going from zero to sixty in a page turn that will leave your jaw on the floor.

Artist Yasmin Florez Montanez brings a lot of the characters' personalities to the forefront. They're teenage girls and that comes with a certain level of awkwardness, yet there's a confidence that shines through due to their video game prowess.

As this is an all-ages title, the scares are enough to keep you spooked without giving you nightmares. It's a healthy balance. There are subtle points that really shine in Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1, such as the shadows the branches cast in Fever Swamp. They take the form of wolf-like creatures surrounding the girls. I missed this detail the first time I read it, but I'm so glad I saw it the second time around.

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Colorist Rebecca Nalty sets the tone for every page of this book. We go from the bright sunlight of the day to the long shadows of the night. The former hides the secrets and horrors that are waiting us once the sun goes down. Those shadows I mentioned earlier work really well, as the setting is lit by nothing more than a flashlight. It allows the kids' eyes to play tricks on them and sets them on edge.

Letterer Danny Djeljosevic amplifies the spooky nature of the closing pages of Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1 with some great sound effect work. Since we're not sure where the sounds are coming from, they weave all over the page, creating a suffocating feeling for Blake and Lily that works wonders.

Goosebumps carries with it a certain weight. It's a legendary series of young adult novels that defined a generation. Secrets of the Swamp continues that tradition in spectacular fashion, delivering a healthy amount of scares that all ages can enjoy.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
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Buy from Amazon UK
Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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