helps to establish our villain’s motivations.
As the story opens it becomes clear that the Captain is after one thing,
The Captain has searched the
mansion from almost top to bottom and cannot find this pirate booty.
There is only one place he cannot go where it
might be hidden, and he will need help to enter that area.
Therefore he attempts to retrieve Danny from the
But as the party finally
ends a new character intercepts our mortal hero, the Hatbox Ghost.
The Hatbox Ghost takes Danny on a spiritual and
physical tour through the castle.
the abrupt ending of this tour results in hard truths for Danny.
The other villain, Constance is depicted solely
as motivated by murder!
With Danny now
facing the reality of his situation, will be become a victim to the Captain or
Can he find the bravery he
needs to move on in the Haunted Mansion?
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Joshua Williamson really seems to be writing this story for
Haunted Mansion fans.
And the inclusion
of the Hatbox Ghost really works to prove my point.
The Hatbox Ghost becomes a mentor, somewhat of
the non-specific Yoda model.
leaves us with more questions than answers.
The big thrill for Mansion fans is the Hatbox Ghost’s and other denizens
noting that Hatbox was gone but has just recently returned.
It feels like a literally tribute to the
original appearance to this legendary ghost when the Mansion opened and his
And Jorge Coehlo’s art
continues to present the Mansion’s citizens in a familiar an non-scary way that
the Between Kid can enjoy.
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At this point I am seeing the Haunted Mansion
Disney Kingdoms as a safe story.
In fact safe is the word I used in my last
It has a beloved Disney Parks
attraction at its center.
And the creative
team is making sure to hit the fan needed notes to make sure fans are seeing
what they most want with the Hatbox Ghost being a great example.
And the story is not too scary, making it
Honestly, safe here
may be another way to say success as while no one may be completely over the
moon about the material but it is still something most readers can and will
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