R.L. Stine is working with Marvel Comics. That’s right. You read that statement correctly. Now at this point, just two sentences in, you may be rolling your eyes at this article. You may have known it was happening or you haven’t thought of that name since you were reading Goosebumps in fifth grade. “This guy,” you’re thinking. “What could this guy bring to comics? Especially at Marvel?” This, I reply, is great news. The inclusion of Stine into the Marvel Universe is a fantastic move.
The comics-verse, since the NOW! reboot, has steadily moved into horror territory. Cosmic horror was introduced in the now defunct New Avengers with the inclusion of Moridun (think a giant space wizard who is also Cthulhu), Carnage coming into possession of the Darkhold, and so on and so forth. There are examples that can be mined from many of the current titles and this trend does not look like it is slowing down as Doctor Strange came out strong this past weekend. A Marvel property that definitely held some strong horror trappings, both cosmic and otherwise, topping the box office bodes well that we are on our way to some very strange and wonderful things could come our way as horror fans.
R.L. Stine fits into this model perfectly. He is a talented writer and a creative genius. He’s the man who brought us chills with Goosebumps and Fear Street at a prodigious rate. He was also half of the creative force that brought us Eureeka’s Castle! Mind blown, right? He will elevate whatever title he is on, and it will most likely have a horror bent to whatever it is. Could it be the new Thor title? Could it Carnage? With his YA background, he could work on the Spider-man title featuring Miles Morales.
My thinking is this though, Stine will be doing something original. In fact, I want to say that Stine will be doing a Darkhold series. It’s perfect for him, anyone who read the the original miniseries can attest to this. That run was a small scale horror book that featured regular folks fighting unspeakable evil that sometimes intersected with the lives and paths of established superheroes like the Midnight Sons, Blade or Ghost Rider. A Darkhold title would allow Stine to tell anthology-styled stories while deepening the mythology and horror of the current iteration of the Marvel NOW! (2.0) universe.
Whatever the case is, I cannot wait until we have more news to report. In the meantime let the speculation run rampant.