Saturday, January 7, 2012

House of Mystery v5: #21

Under New Management
Part 1 of 4

by Matthew Sturges (writer), Luca Rossi (penciler), José Marzán, Jr (inker), and Lee Loughridge (colors)

Fig and the others, but mostly Fig, cope with the changes to the management and location of the House. The main characters (Fig, Cress, Cain, Ann, Jordan) seem more more peripheral in this chapter. They are in the story but for once they don't seem to be the ones that the camera is focused on. Instead it focuses on a newcomer, a cowboy, Blind Buck.

Rossi and Marzán do possibly their best work to date on this series. Although the backgrounds are sometimes spare to nonexistent the foregrounds, especially the facial expressions, are very expressively illustrated. As always Loughridge does an outstanding job with the colors.

by Matthew Sturges (writer) and Sergio Arragones (artist)

Blind Buck tells a story from his past. Nothing much goes on here. It is a nice showcase for Arragones art but there isn't much else to this four-pager.

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

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