Thursday, May 8, 2008

House Of Mystery - POW!

POW stands for: Pick Of the Week!

This week my money back guarantee book is Vertigo's House of Mystery, written by Matthew Sturges and Bill Willingham and drawn by Luca Rossi and Ross Campbell. This is how a first issue should be done; it's got interesting characters and is full of the kind of intrigue that makes the reader want to pick up the next issue because they can't wait to see how things unfold. Basically, as Sturges and Willingham discuss in their On The Ledge feature towards the back of the book, House of Mystery will contain two stories each issue, the main one following what happens to the characters trapped in the House and a short story told by one of the people in the House, drawn by guest artists (this issues short story is drawn by Ross Campbell who has so far written and illustrated three graphic novels for Oni called Wet Moon and he has a Minx book coming out soon called Water Baby). Newcomer artist Luca Rossi"s pencils and inks are very friendly on the eyes and he's got great story-telling abilities.

The House of Mystery title comes from DC's comic anthology title of the same name that they had in the 1970's (it didn't have recurring characters, rather just short horror light stories by different writers and artists every issue). As I've mentioned elsewhere (on my website and or blog), DC's old House of Mystery was one of the first comics I read regularly so this new incarnation has a special attatchment for me. I'm happy to report that this new House of Mystery had just the right dose of creepiness! I'm going to predict that House of Mystery will be the next big breakthrough Vertigo title (I'm also optmistic about the other new upcoming Vertigo series Madame Xanadu, written by Matt Wagner, with another new artist that looks promising).

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