Comic Review: Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House (IDW Publishing)

It’s something else to make you shiver and shake: Goosebumps Horrors Of The Witch House, from IDW. This trade collects several issues of the comic book, as written by Denton […]

It’s something else to make you shiver and shake: Goosebumps Horrors Of The Witch House, from IDW.

This trade collects several issues of the comic book, as written by Denton J. Tipton and Matthew Dow Smith. Denton is a busy person when not conjuring up young adult horror, as he is a group editor at IDW. Matthew is a writer and artist, the creator of the upcoming October Girl. So, we’re in good hands for the story.

In Beaver Creek, the haunted house down the street has finally been sold! Its new owner, a fabulously wealthy young woman, is a bit eccentric, and well, controlling. The understatement of the year. The neighbourhood kids are a little bit alarmed by Goosebumpy happenings around the haunted house, and can’t uh..’ control’ their curiosity. Therein lies the trouble, the conflict, the drama, and the fun.

It’s well-paced and delivered, with lots of low key and broad humour. With its less-than-subtle jabs at modern life and modern people, the story keeps us guessing and unraveling the mystery. How do you battle the all-powerful??

The artwork by Chris Fenoglio (Orphan Black, Monster Street and much more) and Valentina Pinto’s (Calamity Kate) colouring are a good match. The panels are larger than life, the action is exaggerated far and near, and well, the fear is clear!

IDW, Goosebumps Horrors Of The Witch House, $12.99 for 76 pages of content

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!