House of Mystery #2 (Vertigo – Sturges / Willingham / Rossi / Thompson)
The new monthly series that takes THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY into the twenty-first century continues. Meet feisty, young, almost-architect Fig Keele, who just happens to be running for her life. Unfortunately for Fig, she’s ended up in the House of Mystery, a strange place like something out of her nightmares, where the bizarre inhabitants tending bar demand stories from visiting patrons to cover their tabs. And one of the customers tells such a tale — detailing the life of a supernatural process server who discovers an undersea kingdom — illustrated by multiple Eisner Award-winner Jill Thompson (THE SANDMAN)!
It’s the second issue and the House of Mystery keeps the good, dark vibes going! While we didn’t get any more from Cain and Able, we did get to know Fig a little bit better and some the HoM regulars, the inter-dimensional Private Investigator serving papers is a blast. The tale of the House and the story within a story were both well-written with some nice strong twists and marveously illustrated. If DC / Vertigo keeps the quality of this book at where it is, this could usher in a new era of horror anthologies!
Issue Grade: A
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