Review: House of Penance #1


The Winchester House—famous for its original owner’s bizarre compulsion to incorporate a multitude of architectural curiosities. But as the bereaved Sarah Winchester’s workers toil on stairways to nothing and doors to nowhere, a mysterious stranger arrives . . . and he could make Sarah’s demons all too real.

Intriguing, but strange is an understatement with this premiere issue of House of Penance. Still mourning  for her late husband, and only child Sarah seems to be slowly going crazy as her monstrous home is built, complete with doors and staircases to nowhere. Even stranger still is the man who shows up wounded at her door, after doing horrible and violent things for nothing more than money.

The artwork is dark, atmospheric, yet not morbid yet. I will admit the main character has these oddly terrifying, wide, almost sleep deprived eyes.  There is something dark behind those eyes, it just hasn’t been revealed yet. Yet, I’m interested to find out if those blood splattered pipes that the cover has lead to.

Story: Peter Tomasi Artist: Ian Bertram
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review