Goosebumps: Download & Die! #1

Writer: Jen Vaughn Artist: Michelle Wong Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: March 28, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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All-ages friendly spooks and creeps return in this, our second arc of the best-selling series, originally created by R.L. Stine! When Mitra and her two besties find a phone with the latest and greatest technology and apps, they think they are dreaming. But when push (notifications) come to shove, they might be living a nightmare!

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Apr 5, 2018

    Download and Die! has the right mix of fun and scares that has made the Goosebumps name stand the test of time. There's an entire generation of horror fans that grew up on those young adult novels and this creative team definitely does them justice with this series. It's a great all-ages title that's perfect for new and old fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Spokhette Mar 28, 2018

    My favorite thing about this issue is the inclusivity, two of the three main characters are women of color. Mitras love interest is Weather, a girl. Im so here for this. LGBT relationships are something we definitely need to see more of in comics. Im definitely looking forward to the next issue, because I have to know what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nathan Koffler Mar 28, 2018

    Overall, this first issue of Download or Die! is a really entertaining comic book that I imagine a lot of people will enjoy. The storytelling is amazing and it keeps you engaged the entire time. The artwork is pretty ordinary but it doesn't take anything away from the story. It may seem like it is guided more toward the younger audience, but don't let that fool you. This issue can be enjoyed by comic book readers of all ages. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Mar 29, 2018

    This arc of 'Goosebumps: Download and Die' begins with a fun new journey that ratchets up the creepiness by the end of the issue making it an all-ages version of 'Black Mirror.' It's entertaining, engaging, and of course a little sinister.  Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Mar 28, 2018

    Goosebumps: Download and Die #1 is another fun issue and looks like it will be another delightful story. It does have the same pitfalls as the last three-issue arc. It starts off slow and it is a little hard to keep my interest (I ended up really liking the other two issues in the previous arc, though). I still feel like IDW would be better off taking a cue from Andrew Maclean's Head Lopper series and maybe releasing these as a nice three-issue collection every three or four months instead of one issue every month. The story follows the Goosebumps concept well, but I am not sure that transfers well into comic book form, broken up into three different parts instead of one whole story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Garrett Hanneken Mar 28, 2018

    In regards to the art, it does fit the general tone of the comic and each character has a unique style and look which makes them stand out amongst each other. Also, the portrayal of the school to the character's households are authentic while the colors have a nice vibrant look which helped when the story felt a little slow. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Rollin Bishop Mar 28, 2018

    The first issue is a little thin, but it sets the stakes well and features interesting characters and art. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Outright Geekery - Tony Dillard Mar 30, 2018

    The characters are not very dynamic nor individually all that recognizable. The plot pacing is fracture beyond repair. And above all, it's a Goosebumps story without the man who made it Goosebumps. Honestly, if it doesn't have R. L. Stine involved, it shouldn't be considered part of the franchise. Read Full Review

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