We already knew that prominent author R.L. Stine had struck up a partnership with Boom! Studios for a series of graphic novels, but we didn’t yet know the premise or contents of those books.
Now, in the lead up to NYCC 2018, Boom! Studios have revealed that they’ll be known as the Just Beyond series and they’ll debut in September 2019. The books will be drawn by artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews (Pandora’s Legacy) and feature a cover by Julian Totino Tedesco (Life of Captain Marvel). This four volume middle grade supernatural horror series takes young readers “Just Beyond the reality they know…Just Beyond their normal lives…Just Beyond the real world to an always surprising place of fantasy and fright”.
In Just Beyond: Scare School, the first original graphic novel in the series, three 12-year-olds in strangely old fashioned clothing have appeared in modern times, creeping through the empty halls of Scare Middle School, trying to escape a cyborg creature called a Drogg before they are dragged back to somewhere Just Beyond. Now, three modern day students, Josh, Jess, and Marco, are drawn into this terrifying mystery about why their school doesn’t just feel like the worst place ever—it might literally be the worst place imaginable in this world…or any other!
Writer R.L. Stine says:
Kids spend a lot of time in school. So it’s the perfect place for scares. What if everything you thought you knew about your school was wrong? What if your school held a secret so terrifying it could threaten your life? That’s where the idea for THE SCARE SCHOOL began. Where the story ended surprised even me!
Artists Kelly and Nichole Matthews comment:
R.L Stine’s books were something we grew up with (there was always one or a dozen around the house), so when we were approached with the chance to work with him on THE SCARE SCHOOL, we jumped on it. Getting to design a cast of characters and creatures from the ground up is always fun, and getting to go a little wild on how scary they are is even better. This book will leave you in stitches as many times as it will leave you screaming! We hope fans will enjoy all the jumps and frights as they enroll for a spooky good time in Scare School.
Print copies of Just Beyond: Scare School will be available for sale in September 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores or at the Boom! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.