Sunday, November 28, 2010

What I Read: House of Mystery v2 - #9

Love Stories for Dead People: Chapter Four: What You Don't See by Matthew Sturges (writer), Luca Rossi (pencils), José Marzán Jr. (inks), and Lee Loughridge (colors) - The plot thickens, both within and below the House of Mystery. Its hard to analyze a story that doesn't seem to follow a conventional model and is still unfolding. I don't know what's reality and what isn't.

Based on her relationship, her past history with the house it seems that Fig is the centerpiece, the main character. Her acquaintances (Harry, Ann, Cress, Poet) get scream -er- screen time but they all seem to be relegated to supporting roles.

Gothic Romance by Bill Willingham (writer), Bernie Wrightson (artist), and Lee Loughridge (colors) - Without a doubt,with presumably one more yet to come, this is my favorite of the side stories in Love Stories for Dead People. Rather than try to forge something completely original it uses characters from a number of well known monster movies: Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy, etc.

What makes the story shine is the combination of Bernie Wrightson's art with the manner in which it is told, through a series of vignettes. Despite the fact that each of them is no longer than a single page each of these episodes is a story in its own right.

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

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