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Attack of the Mutant
Cover: this one is fine. It’s well drawn, though the perspective on the mutant is a messed up. Also, he kind of looks like batman for some reason.
Front Tagline: “He’s no superhero…he’s a super villain” meh.
Back Tagline: “Read at your own risk…”
RL Stine is truly a talented writer. He can take a nerdy comic fan who collects comics in bags, never reads them, and talks about their money value…and make him LIKABLE!
Skipper (His real name is Bradley, yet he considers Skipper better) Matthews is an overweight comic-book collector who loves collecting many comics yet only reads one, the Masked Mutant.
The Masked Mutant is an evil supervillain who can change his molecular form into any solid material. He’s goal is to, you guesed it, take over the world.
He is constantly opposed by a league of superheroes lead by the Galloping Gazelle, the world’s fastest man. They are called The League of good guys.
Great name, right?
Skipper has a friend named Wilson who is into collecting rubber stamps and attempts at various times throughout the novel to share his passion with Skipper to no avail. ..yeah, I don’t know either.
Also, his parents don’t approve of him reading comics, as his dad is a big strong dude. …so why do they keep buying him comics?
One day while riding the bus to the dentist he meets a pretty redhead girl named Libby. She asks where he is going.
“I couldn’t tell her I was going to the dentist, it sounded too dorky. ‘’I’m going to the comic book shop’’ I said”
…that’s somehow LESS dorky?
Libby tells him she’s into a comic called “High School Harry and Beanhead” and skipper shows disgust.
“”cant everyone see that they two girls are drawn exactly the same, except one has blonde hair and one has black?”
Archie and judhead reference? I dig it.
He gets so caught up talking to her that he gets off on the wrong stop and spots a building that looks exactly like the Masked Mutant’s headquarters!
He almost goes inside the building but he is late for his dentist appointment and decides to come back. The next day he comes back to see the building but it has disappeared
Later that night he goes home and reads the newest issue of the Masked Mutant that has arrived in the mail for him and sees that in the comic book the Masked Mutant has put an invisibility cloak on the building.
Now he’s wondering if the mutant is real, or if he’s finally going crazy.
Going back the next day, Skipper runs into Libby for a third time and the two decide to see if they can access the invisible building and sure enough they enter successfully.
When they arrive a yellow light ray scans over Skipper’s body but has no apparent effect on him. I mention this because it is a plot point later on.
The two venture into one of the building’s elevators and are whisked down to the basement of the building. The two get separated and while alone Skipper finds a large printing press and layouts for the last issue of the Masked Mutant. Skipper concludes that the building is likely the headquarters for the comic book publisher.
While leafing through the layouts Skipper notices a series of panels for the next issue, and the new character drawn within looks exactly like Skipper! At this point Libby reappears and makes Skipper leave with her. He tells her about the drawings, but she thinks he is full of shit
…show her the pics. You had them in your hand, dude! Whatever.
That night Skipper gets home and there’s another new issue of the comic waiting for him. Inside the issue Skipper spies drawings of himself walking around the headquarters with the words “A NEW FOE” written about him!
Skipper also finds out that the Galloping Gazelle has been held hostage in the Mutant’s headquarters and that only “the Boy” can save him!
Skipper now knows that this is all legit…and he must save a superhero.
So Skipper returns again to the headquarters and makes his way up the elevator to rescue the Galloping Gazelle. He finds the bound superhero tied to a chair in an unlocked room, unties him, and the two leave the room to confront the Masked Mutant
The Galloping Gazelle is convinced that Skipper is a superhero and keeps drilling him for his secret power as they make their way to the Mutant’s private offices.
The Galloping Gazelle informs Skipper that his plan is to run around and around the Mutant at such a fast speed that he becomes a cyclone and sucks the Mutant into submission. Suddenly the Mutant morphs out of hiding (he was disguised as office furniture) and the Gazelle makes good on his plan. However the Mutant outsmarts him and sticks his foot out, tripping the Gazelle.
Wow, he got defeated by tripping. What a lame hero.
The Mutant then transforms into the form of a Leopard and tries to eat the Gazelle. The Galloping Gazelle escapes the Mutant’s leopard clutches and abandons Skipper with the Mutant as he makes his escape.
“You’re on your own, kid”
Okay, that’s funny.
The Mutant returns to his normal form and he too starts to drill Skipper about his secret mutant-power. The Mutant lifts Skipper all the way up to the ceiling of his private office and is about to drop him to his death when Libby appears in the doorway
ibby removes a yellow toy gun from her satchel and tells Skipper that if this is really a comic book then anything can happen, so she tells the Mutant that the toy gun is a Molecule-Melter. The Mutant doubts her and he advances as she pulls the trigger. The gun fires at the Mutant and the Mutant melts down into nothing! Skipper is overjoyed, it worked! Libby tells him of course it worked, after all, it is a Molecule-Melter.
Skipper then watches as Libby transforms into the Masked Mutant. It turns out that the previous Masked Mutant was actually the Magnificent Molecule Man, who worked for the Masked Mutant.
So he killed his own henchman..that’s badass.
Anyway., yep libby, the cute girl skipper likes is really a man.
The most predictable twist ever?
He saw skipper, and thought he’d make a great foe for his comics, and thus he turned into a girl in order to spy on him. He also tells him . The mysterious yellow ray when he first entered the building was a scanner and it scanned him into a comic book character, tiny dots of ink.
With no hope of escape the Masked Mutant prepares to destroy Skipper until Skipper stops him by announcing that he’s not actually Skipper! No, he’s THE COLOSSAL ELASTIC BOY in disguise!
Skipper reveals that nothing can harm him but sulfuric acid. Skipper throws a bucket of water onto the Mutant which makes him melt into a wave of acid. Skipper barely misses the wave and the acid eats into the carpet.
Skipper made up the whole thing about being the Elastic Boy. Since the Masked Mutant could only transform himself into solids, Skipper had tricked him into transforming into a liquid and thus the Masked Mutant was unable to return to his original form.
Skipper stopped an evil supervillain. Awesome!
Skipper returns home and, having had enough adventure for one day, decides not to read the new comic that has arrived for him in the mail. Instead, he has some CAAAAKE.
As Skipper is cutting the cake, he cuts his hand and discovers he bleeds ink.
Sadly, he is not approached for the league of good guys initiative.
Cool bleeding scene…but it’s not a twist since the mutant said he was now a comic character. but eh, it’s fine
First, Wilson collects rocks instead of stamps. Also, it’s actually pretty faithful story wise. A lot of the dialogue is the same, which leads to award acting from libby, but Skipper’s is decent. Hell, he looks EXACTLY like skipper from the book. That never happens!
Also, The Masked Mutant’s actor previously voiced The Haunted Mask when it spoke. Awesome.
Oh, and because I must mention this…the gazelle is played by adam west.
Yes, they somehow got adam west for the show. And he is amazing. When I read the book, I read his lines in adam’s voice. He’s that good!
He makes the episode a lot of fun to watch. So does the mutant, as he is the greatest ham ever. Every line of dialogue is right from the book and he brings it to life amazingly.
Also…the dad is a nerd. He has big ol’ glasses, and looks like the poor man’s rick moranis. Yes, the guy who doesn’t man his reading comics looks like a guy who should be doing so. Wut.
Oh, and I like how the ep has a bit more physiological stuff to it. After that yellow hits him, he starts seeing the world in a comic book style. So in a way, it talks about how far obsession can go. But maybe I’m looking too far into it.;
It’s a very good episode.
Notable Lines: “My Fears dropped away like the feathers off The Battling bird boy”’
“You are a liar!” “YES! It’s one of my BETTER qualities!”
And here’s a bonus from the episode!”
“You know what I like about rocks? They’re normal. No invisible rocks, no rocks that look like me…”
Useless Fact: Stine says this book has the best twist ending of all Goosebumps books. But…it’s not a twist, for reasons I said above. Stupid Stine…
Oh, and the audio book is narrated by the guy who voiced Invader Zim.
This one was really good. The comedy works well, the concept is great, and the villain is a lot of fun. The story itself is good, and it’s a nice sort of comic style story. It’s not exactly horror, but it’s still a lot of fun. It’s an entertaining read, and a very good entry in the series.