Review by C.J. Bunce
If you’re looking for comic books for kids and they are looking for something fun this Halloween, you’ll want to check out Stanley and the Haunted House, one of four new comic books coming from Storm King Comics, from familiar horror couple John Carpenter and Sandy King. Although the imprint stresses the frights, Stanley and the Haunted House is from “John Carpenter Presents Storm Kids,” and it’s perfect for kids of all ages. Mix Donald Duck, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Scooby Doo, and a dose of Beetlejuice, and you’ll find the perfect spooky tale to read along with your kids.
Meet squirrels Stanley and Natasha, Billy the duck, Bandit the raccoon, Chester the chipmunk, and Baby Fang. They’re pals at a campfire telling ghost stories (and trying to get marshmallows off a stick), when they decide to investigate the creepy Bunnyburrow Manor. Talking animals? We’re in. Take a look inside Stanley and the Haunted House, courtesy of Storm King comics:
This story is written like classic Walt Disney comics by Jeff Balke with pencils by Walter Carzon, inks by Horatio Ottolini, letters by Janice Chiang, and colors by Jeff Balke. The artwork feels like moving animation, and every frame is full of animal chaos as these animal pals go about their haunted journey. If you liked Frank Cho’s Liberty Meadows or Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s Beasts of Burden, you’ll like the adventure and humor here, set for even younger readers.
This title is a no-brainer if you’re looking for something for younger kids this Halloween. Add Stanley and the Haunted House to your pull list at Elite Comics or buy it direct from Storm King comics at its website stormkingcomics.com. Once you meet these characters, you’ll want to see more.
Also coming from Storm King, from its new imprint Dark and Twisted, look forward to Death Mask by writer Amanda Deibert and artists Cat Staggs, plus The Envoy by writer David J. Schow and artist Andres Esparza, and the eagerly awaited ninth volume of John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight, an anthology featuring 20 creators. All are available at stormkingcomics.com.