GOOSEBUMPS: MONSTERS AT MIDNIGHT #3 / Writer: Jeremy Lambert / Artist: Chris Fenoglio / Colorist: Brittany Peer / Publisher: IDW Publishing / Release Date: February 14, 2018
All this, thanks to a stupid book. A stupid, spooky book that made me want to read the ending so bad…
Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight is waiting for you to open it’s pages, if you dare.
There has never been a more fitting line to open a Goosebumps story with. Jeremy Lambert and Chris Fenoglio continue their homage to the King of Children’s Horror in a serious way. Ginny and Mia are a step closer to escaping Horrorland, and the ring leader Slappy, and returning back to the bliss of a boring summer with their grandmother. But with each step forward, something drags them kicking and screaming back towards an unhappy final chapter.
Lambert continues the third issue in the Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight run with the same smooth skill as he began it; the story itself is spooky and a tad creepy, perfect for the younger audience it’s targeted towards or adults like myself looking for a nostalgia fix. From the oddly lovable character Irk, a purple monster our two young adventurers befriend, to the nosey sisters themselves, Lambert has created well-rounded character who fluctuate with the plot, learning from their mistakes and growing as individuals. He even nails the essence of Slappy, the world’s creepiest and most annoying animate dummy.
Chris Fengolio and Brittany Peers remain an art team of divine skill. Fengolio is perfect for the childish style of Goosebumps, with the exaggerated character designs and an amazing mix of hard line and round edges that’s both appealing to the eye and heightens the story-telling. Peers displays further incredible skill in her choice of colors for Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight. While the colors aren’t your run-of-the-mill horror schemes, avoiding reds and blacks that provoke more frightening imagery, Peers uses a lot of purples and greens and blacks, the various shades casting an eerie shadow across the book without being too powerful for smaller children.
With a lot of nostalgia packed between the covers, Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight is the perfect introduction for a parent to make to their child about our own childhood nightmares. Fun and entertaining, it’s bound to drag you into the panels, placing you aside Ginny and Mia as they try to escape the terror-filled zone they found themselves entrenched in after a visit to the bookstore in a sleepy town. There’s also a strong message about the power of books, the dangers held within the unknown and the unyielding bond of friendship. Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight is on the shelves, just waiting for you to pluck up the courage to glance into the pages. I don’t suggest disappointing the things waiting for you.
Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 Stars