House of Mystery #13

House of Mystery #13 (DC / Vertigo – Sturges / Willingham / Roberson / Adams / Reese / Aragones / Powell)

For its landmark 13th issue, HOUSE OF MYSTERY presents a special anthology featuring four separate stories written by Matthew Sturges, Bill Willingham and novelist Chris Roberson. This issue features the unique visuals of four artists including Neal Adams, Ralph Reese and Sergio Aragones, as well as a painted tale by Eric Powell (The Goon). Each story pays homage to that unluckiest of numbers.

While these stories in this one-issue anthology were pretty good (the thirteen-year itch being my favorite) and involved a literal who’s who in comicdom, there was nothing here that continued the over-all plot of the “captives” of the House. It would be like watching one of those Doctor Who episodes where the Doctor didn’t make an appearance – slightly amusing, but overall a disappointment.

Issue grade: B-

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Updated: November 2, 2010 — 11:03 am

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