Review: The Nice House on The Lake #4
Big feasts are often great opportunities for dark revelations to come forth and sour what every character hoped would be a chance for bonding and relaxation. Everyone’s disarmed in a feast, their guards down by the promise of a good time with friends and friends to be. The Nice House on The Lake leads up to a lot of this in its 4th issue and the results are, once again, terrifying.
This time the focus is on David, an upbeat jokester that tries to hide his fears and insecurities behind laughter. Not everyone is in the mood for his attempts at levity, but he’s interesting enough to be one of those characters that readers can easily root for.
Álvaro Martínez Bueno and James Tynion IV pour a lot character development into David and it pays off by the end of the issue as readers can feel they’ve gotten to know him quite well in the leadup. It’s great to have a character that steps a bit away from the doom and gloom to color the situation somewhat differently. It makes all the new bits of information we get in this issue hit harder, but also hit in unexpected ways given the how David’s point of view is laid out for readers.
Some of the discoveries made in this issue truly change up the narrative and take the comic into new directions. They’re getting increasingly bizarre and adding more questions to the mystery of the house on the lake. Whatever Martínez Bueno and Tynion are cooking, it’s getting several new ingredients thrown into the mix for added unpredictability.
The Nice House on The Lake #4 changes the ballgame for the characters involved and deepens the horror that binds them together. It makes a great argument for why some comics do justify a monthly schedule. The anticipation behind each new entry gets more intense each time and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us come issue #5.
Script: James Tynion IV, Art: Álvaro Martínez Bueno
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Read and make sure you have a plan B for any feast.
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review