As many of you know, I’m a ridiculous Disney fan. I lose my mind every time I get to go to a park; I worked there and realized a need for Disney everything. One of my absolute favorite attractions is the Haunted Mansion. In the Mansion, you get into a “Doom Buggy” and make your way through a mansion that is packed full of grim, grinning ghosts. So when I heard that Disney Kingdoms was releasing a Haunted Mansion comic, I got incredibly excited. But I kept forgetting about it when I went to a comic shop. Luckily, while visiting New York in November, my mum suggested we say hello to my friends at their comic shop. There, I picked up the trade for train reading, but totally forgot about it until recently. Now that I’ve finished it, and I’m so excited to share it with you.
The Haunted Mansion comic follows a boy, Danny Crowe, who is very close to his grandfather. But, his grandfather is an adventurer, and gets killed while exploring. Danny and his family sink into a depression, and Danny goes to visit his grandfather’s grave often.
One night, at the grave, Danny hears a voice beckoning him to a house that has often been considered haunted. He goes in, and the pictures are changing, someone is leaving their coffin, and doors are being pushed to their limits. He soon meets Madame Leota, and she explains that he needs to break a Captain’s curse on the Mansion to save his grandfather’s ghost (and all of the other ghosts) from being stuck in there forever.
The book takes readers through the ride, as Danny learns more about the prison the ghosts share. He meets the Captain; a large and angry ghost, who possesses a dark magic that can kill humans and destroy ghosts. The Captain demands that Danny find the lost treasure, but the only place the Captain hasn’t checked is the attic; where Constance stays.
I won’t go past that, to keep you safe from ending spoilers, but oh my goodness I loved it. It took me awhile to read; it wasn’t what I expected at first, and the first 2 issues of it seemed a bit slow. But the final 2 made me love it, so it’s well worth sticking through.
The Haunted Mansion is very true to it’s ride, and the characters we see in it. Though I’m sure it’s enjoyable not having ridden the ride, it’s neat to see how Danny follows the same path that the ride does. It makes me miss Disney, and hope to start planning my next trip!
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