Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead Review

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. – Goodreads
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Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead Review

Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead chronicles the first adventure of the group from beginning to end. The dead rise and our little group of misfits band together to try to figure out what is going on. It is definitely aimed at younger readers, and has a somewhat Scooby-Gang feel to it, but lacks the signature edge of silliness.

I liked the diversity in the characters appearances. It’s not exactly a wide range, but it is there. I liked that the first time we meet the girls, they’re rescuing the boys, and proceeding to kick zombie butt. With that being said, the roles the characters fall into are a bit cardboard at times. The group’s natural leader is, of course, the all-American looking blonde kid. The African American male is shuffled neatly into one of the two stereotypes you’re used to seeing. At least they avoid giving into the full-on nerd appearance that the character was originally developed with. The little rich kid has a nobody really spends time with me problem, etc.  Still, I’d be willing to watch the characters develop over upcoming story arcs.

I’m fairly new to graphic novels. I have trouble concentrating on them, and get easily confused by the panel order at times. I had no problems reading Ghoul Scouts. The illustrations are nice, the colors are a bit bland, but that’s suited to the story’s theme, and the panels are generally large. The dialogue is at a minimum for the most part, but what’s there is nice. There was a few lines that made me snicker. The authors did take advantage of an opportunity to make it clear that the kids all have some sort of family problems going on. It felt a little too like a lets-hug-it-out moment, but considering the age group it’s aimed at, it’s still a good thing.

At the end of each issue within the book, there’s a few pages where they talk about character creation, panel creation, putting the books together and such. It’s interesting to see all the steps. I think it could definitely help nurture budding artist’s interest in comics/graphic novels.  Overall, I think the next few arcs, where they move away from the overdone zombies, could be quite good. I look forward to seeing what happens next in Full Moon Hollow.

4 Star Rated Ghoul Scouts Review

Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead is available on Amazon.

Title: Night of the Unliving Undead | Series: Ghoul Scouts | Author: Steve Bryant | Contributors: Mark Stegbaur, Jason Millet | Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment | Pages: 111 | ISBN13: 9781632291943 | Genres: Kids, Horror, Graphic Novel | Language: English | Foul Language Rating: Non-existent | Rating: 4 out of  5 | Source: Received an ARC from Edelweiss for review consideration.

 

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