Scream Queen

by Brendan Hay and Nate Watson

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Format: Softcover, 6x9, full color, $15.99

ISBN: 978-1-934506-45-5

Reviewed by: School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up
Nice girl Molly gets the opportunity to try out for the cheerleading squad after one of the girls dies. Dead bodies continue to pile up, and they have only one connection: they knew Molly. The identity of the killer is obvious to readers from the beginning, but Molly has no clue and even fears that she is doing it in her sleep. In a plot reminiscent of an ’80s horror version of Phantom of the Opera, Wrighty, the Phantom of the Mall, dreams of Molly being his girlfriend. To this end he gets rid of anything that makes her unhappy, with the hope that when she meets him, she will fall in love with him. His plan to win her over all culminates at the prom. Fans of horror films will know how the story turns out, but these are also the same people who will devour this story. Scream Queen is drawn in a realistic style but with the vivid colors, strong lines, and shading of superhero graphics, helping it evoke the atmosphere of a teen slasher film, which will engage the target audience.
–Valerie Davis, Campbell County Public Library, Newport, KY