Sunday, November 21, 2010

What I Read: House of Mystery v2 - #8

Love Stories for Dead People: Chapter Three: Reveal Yourself by Matthew Sturges (writer), Luca Rossi (pencils), José Marzán Jr. (inks), and Lee Loughridge (colors) - I love how this story unfolding slowly, litle by little, bit by bit. It's tortuous but I love it. The answers provided rarely seem definite and only seem to suggest more questions.

The manner in which multiple narratives are layered together can be very poetic at times. One persons thoughts bleed into another, often without a clear beginning or ending to either of them. It could be maddening or frustrating but the skill and artistry of the words and images with which it is achieved make it quite tasty, hard to resist and makes this reader hope for more of the same.

The Caretakers by Matthew Sturges (writer), Henry Flint (artist), and Lee Loughridge (colors) - As Harry the bartender struggles in the main story with Fig's demand for information, he reflects on his first days in the House of Mystery.

The artwork is serviceable but doesn't measure up to the high standard set by Luca Rossi's work in the central story. These interludes can be poetic but this one is more of a data dump.

House of Mystery is published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics.

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