Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers is a brand new graphic novel set in the Costume Quest universe from the games created by Tasha Sounart and Double Fine Productions. The Costume Quest games have a loveable universe packed full of all the fun parts of Halloween, crafted with all the creativity and imagination that Halloween evokes when you were a child. With that in mind let’s find out if Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers is a trick or a treat!
The story follows our main characters, three young Repugians Klem, Sellie and Brolo who decide to make their way to the human world to get some candy. There’s a severe candy shortage in the Repugian world however Klem is more interested in impressing the popular girl of his Repugian school. The three main characters are very likeable, and all feel very different from each other. Klem is the typical loser/dweeb style main character, he’s trusty, loyal, enthusiastic and kind although at times his enthusiasm is more trouble than helpful. Sellie is the supportive best friend willing to put up with Klem’s overly enthusiastic nature and is easily the most sensible of the group and finally, Brollo. Brollo is not the brightest being in the universe, their actions in the story or lack of action to be precise brings home the candy, a true hero to all.
After our three main characters enter the human world it’s not long before they’re followed by the bullying ‘cool’ kid Ophirion and his entourage who are amusing characters throughout the entire graphic novel. One of my favourite lines in the book is Ophirion explaining that portal exit in random locations because magic before realising that he didn’t have a plan to get home despite knowing this. Klem, Sellie and Brollo each get into a bunch of trouble, Klem and Sellie have their candy snatched, Klem gets into a fight with the very same snatchers resulting in a touching moment between Klem and Sellie. Meanwhile, Brollo is dragged around the town after being mistaken as a kid in costume which ends with Brollo being discovered by the main characters of the Costume Quest game. I really enjoy this moment as Brollo has a back and forth between a kid over what his “costume” is supposed to be before being revealed. The ending is heart-warming, reminiscent of the moments friends recall a grand adventure that formed from something mundane and the excitement that comes with it. It also must be mentioned it’s slightly mysterious, there’s zero mention of Ophirion and his entourage after being ganged up on by a large group of costumed kids, I hope they at least dropped some good loot.
The artwork of the graphic novel shares the same colour and style as the games that it is based upon, both use lighter colours against a more spooky, darker toned background well which leads to characters more easily standing out. I love the design of each character, it’s easy to tell what each character is like in personality just by looking at them from the more rounded features of Klem and his friends to the sharper, more aggressive features of the bullies. It’s nice and easy on the eyes and references to the games costumes can be found all over the neighbourhood scenes.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, reviewing this now coincides with my yearly playing of the Costume Quest games and provides an extra dose of fun Halloween adventures that I can continue to enjoy year after year. The only personal minor gripes I have with this is that there were no costume transformations and there was no Candy Corn, I guess Candy Corn chose not to participate. I’d highly recommend this graphic novel and the games to kids & adults alike, it’s a fun light-hearted adventure that embodies the elements of a fantastic Halloween. It’s simple, it’s fun and most of all it’s a well-paced adventure that doesn’t overstay its welcome.