Saturday, July 9, 2011

House of Mystery v4: #17

The Beauty of Decay: Part Two: Poetics by Matthew Sturges (writer), Werther Dell'Edera (penciler), José Marzán, Jr. (inker), and Lee Loughridge (colors) - Not a lot happens in this segment of the Beauty of Decay. The only curious, new development is the substitution of Werther Dell'Edera for Luca Rossi. Their styles are different enough that it is noticeable but not so much so for it to be jarring.

The best way to characterize the shift from one artist to the other is to say that Rossi's pencils feel much lighter than Dell'Edera's. The lines on Dell'Edera's pages are thicker and feel heavier. It is difficult to say how much of this is due to the inks and colors. The choice of color pallette for this segment probably contributes to the heavier feel.

The best part of Poetics is the humorous lines thrown in here and there. They help to keep it light in what could otherwise be an oppresively down segment of the arger story.

Mise-en-Scène by Bill Willingham (writer) and Al Davison (artist) - Poet's origin tale, just in time for, what appears to be his exit from the central storyline. If his full name was revealed in an earlier arc then it was not a memorable event. Take a love story, add a twist, and that describes this tale. It isn't particularly good or original but at least it is relevant to the central story

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

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