|GOOSEBUMPS: DOWNLOAD AND DIE! No. 1, February 2018|
Enjoyably however, this book’s creator doesn’t simply follow the all-too obvious pathway followed by the likes of Kevin Williamson’s 1998 American science fiction teen horror film “The Faculty”, and instead soon makes it clear that the focus of her story will be Merhdad’s sister, Mitra, rather than the so-called ‘friend-stealing’ Amanda Sneeds. This focus really helps bring Kyra’s somewhat jealous pal to the forefront of the story, and her increasing frustration at the fact that her best mate goes to the mall, “then a movie” and even runs into Weather, a girl Mitra clearly has a crush upon, all without her, provides plenty of rationalisation as to why she later foolishly utilises a mysterious state-of-the-art telephone which someone has suspiciously sent her without asking; “You’re not still angry about me going to the movies with Flips, are you?”
Of course, as far as the smartphone is concerned, all the warnings are there to be seen by the reader, and few in this comic’s audience probably needed Steelbreaker to voice her well-founded cautionary advice for her buddy to tell her parents about the unsolicited gift. Even so, Mitra’s unwise decision to post her school’s unfriendly “dumb computer hogs…” onto social media using some of the Deadroom application’s vomiting stickers still proves a somewhat engaging spate of storytelling, despite the fact that the boys becoming stomach-churningly ill a short time later comes as no surprise whatsoever.
Quite possibly this book’s greatest asset though is Michelle Wong’s clean-lined and somewhat cartoony-looking artwork. Competently drawn, and easy upon the eyes with more than a hint of Manga, especially when used to pencil the “three musketeers” playing their ‘dungeons and dragons’ computer game, it’s clear from this magazine’s storyboarding just how much the Hong Kong artist does indeed “love drawing cute characters… and monsters”.
|The regular cover art of "GOOSEBUMPS: DOWNLOAD AND DIE!" No. 1 by Michelle Wong|