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"Miskatonic High #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

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Written by Mike Shea
Illustrated by Ryan Mendoza
2019, 27 Pages


Ren Santos is an influencer. She has a burgeoning following online and rarely does anything that's not recorded for her followers. Ren has some secrets she's not sharing with her adoring public, like all the ghosts she can see on a regular basis.

Of all the characters in Miskatonic High, Ren is the most grating. It's probably because I can't stand the influencer culture and she plays into that in a big way. A perfect example of this is when she shares a “ghost story” where a specter haunts her, telling her not to tell anyone about this until her video gets 5,000 likes.

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While Ren isn't painted as a victim per se, writer Mike Shea does turn her around a bit by the end of this issue. More is revealed about her past that changes our perspective. It doesn't entirely redeem her shallow actions though.

The tone of Miskatonic High shifts when we dig into Ren's past. Artist Ryan Mendoza takes a dark turn with a flashback sequence unleashes the full scale of horror this series is capable of. It's a pretty chilling sequence that only gets scarier as it goes on. The colors change during this as well, moving to a light blue scale kind of like a faded image. This palette contrasts well with the dark red of blood as it's spilled in this scene.

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The most important takeaway in Miskatonic High #3 is that we get a glimpse into more of the overarching story. Up until this point, we didn't really have much of a connection between the characters, why they're linked to some kind of supernatural entity, or why this school is so weird. The closing pages start to put some of those pieces together in a way that I wish had happened sooner. The first couple of issues felt a little disconnected, so I'm glad to see a clearer focus come about.

The creators of Miskatonic High are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of this issue. At the time of this writing, it has already surpassed its funding goal.


Story: threeandahalfstars Cover
Art: fourstars
Overall: 3.5 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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