Halloween may have come and gone, but the long, cold nights are here for a little while longer – the ideal conditions to scare yourself silly with a pair of spooky tales presented by 70s girls comic host, Misty. Though the original run of Misty only ran from 1978-1980 before being absorbed into sister comic Tammy, it seems to have made a big impression on the young girls who read it at the time – and Rebellion are once again doing their part to bring back another fondly remembered comic. We’ve already had the Misty & Scream Special 2020 (which arrived in time for Halloween), but the Winter Special features just two stories, giving them a lot more room to breathe.

And to get inside your head. Who needs sleep anyway, eh?

First up is Infection, a tale of a young teen who’s won a scholarship at a prestigious – and unusually light on rules – boarding school. Ostracised and bullied, she finds solace in writing in her journal…but things are most definitely not as straightforward as they seem, with a turn for the supernatural soon on its way. Though I felt the conclusion seemed a little ambiguous, it pays to closely read all of the text at the climax…

Though Infection takes up the majority of the special, there’s also Home for Christmas – a spooky tale in which a young babysitter gets more than she bargained for when looking after a pair of restless kids at a former orphanage. It’s incredibly atmospheric and pretty scary despite its festive setting.

It’s another triumph in terms of production values and presentation; Rebellion really do have a great knack for releasing brilliant quality material and the Misty Winter Special 2020 is no exception. The art – from the wonderfully evocative spookiness of the Simon Davis cover to the VV Glass-illustrated Infection and the darker, more realism-based David Roach visuals in Home for Christmas – is superb throughout, with the writing complementing it perfectly.

It’s another Rebellion Special that I’d heartily recommend then – though not quite suitable for all ages, teens will no doubt relate to the troubles of our protagonist in Infection (even with the supernatural turn of events) and the spooky babysitting shenanigans in Home for Christmas, but it’s just as entertaining a read for adults too.

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