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Review: Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead #4

ghoul_scouts_4-digital-1Showdown at the Eastside Horror House! The Scouts battle their way to the epicenter of the zombie outbreak, but can they stop it before the town is lost forever? The fate of Full Moon Hollow rests in their hands.

This Scooby Doo-esque version of the walking dead ends leaving with questions left unanswered. One of those questions seems to be a large part of the story. Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead #4 does leave us with a slight preview of the series continuing in some way.  I’m extremely curious to see how the kids deal with what happens next as they try to answer those lingering questions.

I will admit the manor manages to be a stand out sight in this issue. With it looking more moss and vine then actual building it manages to amp the creep factor in superb manner. Even with that there’s another much more subtle surprise that lays in the greenhouse. I won’t spoil it but fans of certain mid 80’s horror movie may notice it and it should put a smile on your face.

Story: Steve Bryant Art: Mark Stegbauer and Jason Millet
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0  Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Ghoul Scouts Vol. 1: Night of the Unliving Undead

GHOUL SCOUTS VOL. 1: NIGHT OF THE UNLIVING UNDEAD

Writer(s): Steve Bryant
Artist Name(s): Mark Stegbauer, Jason Millet
Cover Artist(s): Mark Stegbauer and Jason Millet
128 pgs./ E / FC
$14.99

Something stranger than usual haunts Full Moon Hollow, Paranormal Capital of the World. Adults either can’t see it, can’t remember it, or go crazy from it. So when a zombie outbreak threatens the town, only a group of misfit scouts can save it! Collects the fan-favorite miniseries. Be prepared. Be very prepared.

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Review: Ghoul Scouts Night of the Unliving Undead #4

ghoul_scouts_4-digital-1I admit that I’m kind of late to the Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead party, by three whole issues. I’m joining in at the end of an arc and with no knowledge of the series , issue #4 is a pretty nice stand alone entry into the series and a damn good reason to pick up the three issues that preceded it. Steve Bryant tells a very good tale of a group of kids trying to save their town from hordes the undead and some other supernatural creatures. He takes a story that has been done in a million ways and structures it in a way that seems original.Issue #4 of Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Living Undead focuses on our gang of underage zombie slayers trying to get through the woods , to gain access to a spooky manor, to stop the threat to their town. The whole scene is set up like the end stages of the original Lost Boys and that’s a damn good thing. We get to watch as our young heroes try and restore the town to the normal sleepy village it once was by going up against a small zombie army and a possible double agent wolf man.

Issue #4 of Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead focuses on our gang of underage zombie slayers trying to get through the woods , to gain access to a spooky manor, to stop the threat to their town. The whole scene is set up like the end stages of the original Lost Boys and that’s a damn good thing. We get to watch as our young heroes try and restore the town to the normal sleepy village it once was by going up against a small zombie army and a possible double agent wolf man.

Being kids they use what kids would use, frying pans, sling shots, a tater gun, a big stick and a baseball bat. It’s realism in a fun way. We’ve all thought about how we would survive the zombie apocalypse and while eyeing the panels of Thud, Krak, Whak and other requisite sounds that you would expect for several pages of fight scenes, you find yourself cheering for this group of zombie slaying misfits. There were just enough of these fight based sound panels to make them seem crucial to the story, it was like a visual remix that played as a soundtrack to our little heroes tale of woe.

I wanted to check out the comic based on the cover art and was expecting something completely different and a little bit more cheeky. I didn’t focus too much until I started reading the comic. The artwork on the cover was a pretty good summary of what to expect and it did what cover art is supposed to do, draw the reader in. Mark Stegbauer and Jason Millet artwork is great. Never too heavy and never too light. It showcases the peril and urgency and they know when to show everything and when to show little or nothing at all. Their artwork was as much a part of the storytelling as Steve’s words.

I decided to review it expecting a kiddy bop version of the walking dead for my tweenage daughter to read because Walking Dead is kind of heavy at times. I got that and so much more, it’s a solid read with good characters, a compelling and eerie story and some well-placed jump scares. The unmasking of the villain at the end turns out not to be an unmasking but, a way to add an extra layer to the story & propel it forward. There is no pandering, no coddling, lots of blood and gore and a great story. It’s a good read no matter what your age is but, if you know a kid or tween that’s all about the zombie apocalypse, you should direct them here. Ghoul Scouts serves up some Lost Boys, with a little Monster Squad and a dose of Walking Dead, sans all the rape and sex scenes. It’s not a bubble gum fun romp through zombie land, it’s a full-on brawl. I was entertained and found myself invested in our heroes journey.

Story: Steve Bryant Art: Mark Stegbauer and Jason Millet
Story: 9.4 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead #3

ALE_ghoulscouts_03A copyThe Scouts uncover clues about Full Moon Hollow’s past that only deepen the mystery behind the zombie outbreak. They suspect that the answers can be found in a creepy old mansion outside of town, if they can just make it there alive!

Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead #3 manages to bring in something the previous two didn’t really touch on, character history and their family lives. Writer Steve Bryant really manages to deepen both the story and the characters, as they fight against the undead as they try to reach a mysterious mansion in town.

The art by Mark Stegbauer in this issue can be broken down into two groups, up close, and wider shots. While the two isn’t balanced, they are used to showcase the passage of time in some ways. It all assists in keeping the story flowing at a decent pace, as the characters encounter more weirdness.

Story: Steve Bryant Art: Mark Stegbauer
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead #4

GHOUL SCOUTS: NIGHT OF THE UNLIVING UNDEAD #4

Writer(s): Steve Bryant
Artist Name(s): Mark Stegbauer, Jason Millet
Cover Artist(s): Mark Stegbauer (COVER A), Brent Schoonover (COVER B), Axur Eneas (COVER C)
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Showdown at the Eastside Horror House! The Scouts battle their way to the epicenter of the zombie outbreak, but can they stop it before the town is lost forever? The fate of Full Moon Hollow rests in their hands.

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Preview: Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead #3

GHOUL SCOUTS: NIGHT OF THE UNLIVING UNDEAD #3

Writer(s): Steve Bryant
Artist Name(s): Mark Stegbauer, Jason Millet
Cover Artist(s): Mark Stegbauer (COVER A), Phil Hester (COVER B), Jason Millet (COVER C)
32 pgs. / Rated. E / FC
$3.99 (reg.)/ $4.99 (var.)

The Scouts uncover clues about Full Moon Hollow’s past that only deepen the mystery behind the zombie outbreak. They suspect that the answers can be found in a creepy old mansion outside of town, if they can just make it there alive!

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Review: Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead #2

ALE_ghoulscouts_02A copyAfter finding their camp deserted and destroyed, the scouts have to fight their way through more zombies to reach Full Moon Hollow. But will anyone there be able to help them solve the mystery behind this zombie outbreak and save the town? Is there even a town left to save?

Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead, is half Scooby-Doo, and half The Walking Dead. In this second issue, the kids manage to find what remains of the campsite, before deciding to take a moonlight stroll into town. This leads to the discovery that zombies have made their way into town. As they run from house to house in search of an adult, they try to survive the zombie townsfolk. It’s a solid blending of comics and is a zombie comic for the younger set.

The mix of improvised and little random weapons manages to throw some humor into the art. While the town seems to have some of the creep factor of the forest, there is something about the place that is small-town.  If the town wasn’t infested with zombies, it would probably be a nice place to live. The houses do look pretty similar as the kids defend themselves but there’s a nice flowing manner about it all.

Story: Steve Bryant Art: Jason Millet, Mark Stegbauer
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Action Labs Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead #2

GHOUL SCOUTS: NIGHT OF THE UNLIVING UNDEAD #2

Writer(s): Steve Bryant
Artist Name(s): Mark Stegbauer, Jason Millet
Cover Artist(s): Mark Stegbauer (COVER A), Jamal Igle (COVER B), Steve Bryant (COVER C)
32 pgs. / Rated. E / FC
$3.99 (reg.)/ $4.99 (var.)

After finding their camp deserted and destroyed, the scouts have to fight their way through more zombies to reach Full Moon Hollow. But will anyone there be able to help them solve the mystery behind this zombie outbreak and save the town? Is there even a town left to save?

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Preview: Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead #1

GHOUL SCOUTS: NIGHT OF THE UNLIVING UNDEAD #1

Writer(s): Steve Bryant
Artist Name(s): Mark Stegbauer, Jason Millet
Cover Artist(s): Mark Stegbauer (MAIN COVER), Mike Norton (VARIANT A), Sean Izaakse (VARIANT B)
32 pgs. / Rated. A / FC
$3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (var.)

Something stranger than usual haunts Full Moon Hollow, Paranormal Capital of the World. Adults either can’t see it, can’t remember it, or go crazy from it. So when zombies attack during the Hemlock County Scouting Jamboree, only a group of misfits can save the Hollow. Be prepared. Be very prepared.

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