A review by dokushoka
Attack of the Mutant, by R.L. Stine


This was like two different books smooshed together. The first is about a kid who found a building which was featured in his favorite comic book series and he keeps strolling into that building uninvited. The second is... well, it's your typical Goosebumps book, where things are happening and everything's a little bit bizarre.

Let's talk about what this is if you remove the supernatural element because, once again, it's very easy: Skipper, or Bradley as it's his real name, is obsessed with comics, but The Masked Mutant in particular. Every time he gets one of those, he reads it instead of shrink wrapping it and putting it away for collection purposes.

One day he gets a MM comic which shows the MM's HQ (I'm so hip, y'all) and, on the way to an orthodonist's appointment, sees a building that looks exactly like that. He becomes obsessed with going into this building even though it's private property. The building is usually deserted and looks (and essentially functions) like a regular office building. (Does he never stop to consider that he might just be catching these guys after everyone's gone home and someone's gone lax on locking up the building?)

Oh, yeah, and Stine also decides to rip on Archie comics for some reason:
Those High School Harry & Beanhead comics are the most boring comics in the world! And the art is so lame. Can’t everyone see that the two girls are drawn exactly the same, except one has blond hair and one has black?

Strong words from the author of Goosebumps.

With the supernatural elements: suddenly, Skipper is a comic book character. Seriously a scanner-beam thingy changes him into a comic and when he cuts his finger at the end, he oozes ink instead of blood. This series is so much better when you take out the supernatural elements.

Also, that building? The description of it always reminded me of a penis. Stine, you troll.