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Review: House of Penance #5

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Warren Peck is surprised to discover how far he is willing to go to protect the tormented widow. Their connection deepens as Peck contemplates his bloody past and Sarah grows more determined than ever to atone for her family’s sins.

With only one more issue left of House of Penance, the end begins to crack through, both literally and figuratively, as madness seems to infect the mansion. This causes fights, racial tension, and violence as an unexpected guest arrives to attempt to stop it all. Peck is given the reason Ms. Winchester decided to build the mansion and reveals how he became who is he. There’s a lot revealed here by writer Peter Tomasi.

The art style by Ian Bertram gets a little explosive as a sea of red begins to worm its way into place. I will admit the odd dream scene widow Winchester has stands out in this issue. It shows her descent into madness as she attempts to get her family back. While I wish I could share it, the one large vertical panel in this issue is one that should get attention. The attention to detail in that panel is well done, showcasing the sheer size of the house.

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

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review