Saturday, December 4, 2010

House of Mystery v2: #10

Love Stories for Dead People: Chapter Five: La Belle et le Bête Noir by Matthew Sturges (writer), Luca Rossi (pencils), José Marzán Jr. (inks), and Lee Loughridge (colors) - There were a few interesting developments in this chapter but it did not feel like a concluding chapter. An episode ended, namely the exploration of the lower levels of the House, but this was a rather unsatifying end to Love Stories for Dead People. The only character it does seem to provide closure for is Miranda, who was also introduced in this volume. The larger story goes on and possibly it is unreasonable to expect this chapter to provide closure.

The upside to the way this volume ends is that the story still goes on. A little more was revealed about the lives of Harry, Ann, Cress, and Fig before they arrived at the House of Mystery, but only just enough to invite more questions. What's going to happen to Fig's father? Did Cress do more than wipe Simon's memory of their night together?

Fig's Adventure in Stuffytown by Bethany and Peter Keele (writers) and Kyle Baker (artist) - The most appealing part of this story is what it hints at, not what it delivers. Kyle Baker's art is not as appealing here as it has been in other books he has drawn. He is probably very capable of drawing great horror tales, but this isn't one. It doesn't grab the reader or contain deeper levels of meaning that can only be found by revisiting and re-examining the pages of this story.

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

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