Hello, Spongey here.
Happy April Fools, everyone! Yep, it’s time for that day again where reviewers every trick you out of an actual video/post or at least try to create something fun and unique that only this can day can bring.
For this year I got something that is…something else. I had one idea for this year that fell through but I came up with this as a backup so here we are. Last year, I started a month of reviews of Goosebumps ripoffs with a review for a christian ripoff. Yeah, that still astounds me. I ended that with Shivers, by M.D. Spenser.
I mentioned the only other thing he is credited to and for this year…we are diving deeper. Oh yeah. We’re diving into Humanomophs, which is clearly “inspired” by Animorphs, another big Scholastic franchise. Sadly, Spenser did not complete the trilogy with “The Child Caretakers’ society” or something like that.
Scholastic really wanted Animorphs to have everything Goosebumps did so I guess Paradise Press wanted to include having a ripoff series. Hell, Animorphs had its own Gooflumps with Vegemorphs. Not making that up.
While Shivers took off, this one did not as it lasted only 6 entries, all of which came out in 2000. I assume it didn’t take off due to coming out like right around the time the actual Animorphs was wrapping up, while Shivers struck at the right time.
An interesting thing with this series is that unlike Animorphs, it’s an anthology like Shivers/Goosebumps following a different kid who has a different weird reason for getting the power to morph into another human.
Shivers has proven to very interesting with the content it gets away with it, but the stories often fall flat. Does this series follow suit? Well, I have access to all of them and after skimming through them I decided to fully read the one we’re reviewing today. And…well there’s a reason I picked it, it’s interesting and you’ll see in which way.
One more thing though: They’ve started doing Animorphs graphic novels and the artist of them Chris Grine, I kid you not, tweeted a bit ago that he found out about these and ordered them on eBay and was waiting for them to arrive. I am so cur4ious if they ever came and what he makes ov it lol.
(And as I look it up to ask him, I discover he appeared at one of the Animorphs podcasts to discuss the first two, awesome: https://www.mindsatyeerk.com/episodes/bearhead )
Oh and for those who don’t pay attention to my Twitter/Goodreads, I have started reading the actual Animorphs but there isn’t room for direct comparisons here so i guess that won’t come in super handy. But anyway…
This, is Air Morph One: Ready for Takeoff!
The artist here is Nicholas Forder and boy you can see the Animorphs influence here. Otherwise, it’s fine. Not the highest quality art but it fits the story okay enough (it fudges the details as we’ll see though) and it looks decent. Nothing great but fine.