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Preview: The Nice House on the Lake #6

The Nice House on the Lake #6

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Álvaro Martínez Bueno

The House has an eleventh guest. Reg is here-and that was never part of the plan. Or was it? Everything you know gets turned upside down in this issue…ending on a cliffhanger that will have to hold you until the House reopens in March 2022!

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Review: The Nice House on the Lake #6

Big reveals in puzzle box-like stories often rob narratives of their mystique, ending the guessing game that hooked audiences in to begin with. It’s a bit like what The Joker says about dogs chasing cars in Christopher Nolan (2008). The chase is all. Once you catch up to the car, what’re you supposed to do with it?

I admit that I’ve been dreading the moment James Tynion IV and Álvaro Martínez Bueno’s The Nice House on the Lake started pulling the veil back on its secrets. The series’ strong character development and bizarre end-of-world scenario is just too rich. At points, it made me wish that things would never even get explained, that we could live in a constant state of ambiguity where speculation and conspiracy reign. Those who followed Lost during its first three seasons as it aired have a good idea of the kind of thrill this type of storytelling produces.

Fortunately for us, Nice House #6 takes a very careful approach to reveals, offering big chunks of the puzzle without letting too much light fall on its final shape. A new member is introduced to the group and with him comes information about the very purpose of the Nice House. There’s talk of who or what Walter (the person responsible for bringing everyone to the house) truly is, what the group’s composition is supposed to represent, and why the end of the world was forced upon humanity.

What makes this unraveling of secrets so successful is Tynion’s ability to add new questions with each new tidbit of information. Reveals don’t offer absolute answers or definitive endpoints to key plot elements. Instead, they open new paths the overarching narrative can merge to, some of which can fundamentally alter character relationships and even deepen the mystery at the heart of the story. Those expecting a buffet of answers in this issue will only be half satisfied as new questions come with each turn of the screw, but it’s all in the service of allowing for a more urgent and interesting read.

Martínez Bueno’s art pulls in closer to the characters in this issue, highlighting the shock felt by each one after each new development. It’s wonderfully expressive, giving readers an intimate look at the fear and confusion coursing through the group. Worldviews get shattered in this issue and Martínez Bueno’s body language work is on full display, and to great effect.

The Nice House on the Lake just keeps getting better and better. It’s hard to imagine what comes after this issue, the series’ halfway point. So much has already been explored and set up that it’s easy to get swept up with the situation at the Nice House. Now it’s a matter of sticking the landing, whatever that may be. Thankfully, every issue thus far has been further confirmation we’re in the good hands of a creative team that has no intention of dropping the ball this late in the game.

Story: James TynionIV Art: Álvaro Martínez Bueno
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10
Overall: A definite buy that should be accompanied by a full reread of the series.

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Preview: The Nice House on the Lake #6

The Nice House on the Lake #6

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Álvaro Martínez Bueno

The House has an eleventh guest. Reg is here-and that was never part of the plan. Or was it? Everything you know gets turned upside down in this issue…ending on a cliffhanger that will have to hold you until the House reopens in March 2022!

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Review: The Nice House on the Lake #5

The Nice House on the Lake #5

James Tynion IV and Álvaro Martínez Bueno have reached a kind of season finale endpoint with the fifth issue of The Nice House on the Lake, an entry that closes few doors and leaves new ones wide open. The people stuck at the house have finally taken it upon themselves to try and decipher what’s really going on with the end of the world and their strange flesh-shifting friend.

Nice House #5 uses an interesting framing device to basically offer a quick but comprehensive summary of the events that have transpired up to this point. Whiteboards and markers are summoned and everyone’s gathered to try and make a list of discoveries and observations that could offer clues as to what the mysterious Walter is really up to. There’s time afforded to the previous issue’s big reveals and how it affects the entire social dynamic inside the house as well.

Tynion is more precise with the bits of character development he gives to key players so as to make the group as a whole the star of this part of the story. It felt inevitable. There was a kind of invisible thread pulling everyone together just for this moment and Tynion’s execution is, once again, flawless.

Martínez Bueno is also keeping with the storytelling standards set early on, focusing this time on that uneasy feeling big meetings often carry when the topic of discussion is never good. Everyone exudes anxious energy and infectious unsteadiness, enough to build up the tension that will surely bleed over into the next story arc.

As is customary by now, issue #5 ends with another big reveal, but this one really changes up the game. It’s powerful enough to even change the identity of the comic going forward. The endgame might’ve shifted with this new development and it’ll be fun to see how everyone adjusts to the new information.

The Nice House on the Lake #5

The Nice House and its surrounding get its own sort of ‘character development’ as well, with mysteries giving way just a bit to make sure there’s more stuff to explore in the coming issues. It reminded me of the narrative shift between season 1 and season 2 of Lost, where the island doesn’t necessarily become massively bigger but instead new corners of it are made available for the survivors. It all amounts to an exciting look at the storytelling possibilities that remain to be explored.

The Nice House on the Lake #5 is a fitting end to the first arc of the series. It sets up just enough to keep readers desperate for more. Looks like the best new horror comic of 2021 fully intends to just get better and better.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Álvaro Martínez Bueno Color: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10
Recommendation: Buy, read, camp out in front of a comic store for the next issue.

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Preview: The Nice House on the Lake #5

The Nice House on the Lake #5

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Álvaro Martínez Bueno

Veronica, the Scientist, has one of the longest-standing connections to Walter among anyone in the House…and through her work with NASA, she may have insight into who he really is. But what she sees in the stars above the House may upend everything she thought she knew!

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House of Slaughter #1 is Coming October 27 with Over 460,000 Copies Ordered

BOOM! Studios has announced today that the highly anticipated series premiere of House of Slaughter #1 has received a record-breaking orders of over 460,000 copies, making it the best selling original comic book series in BOOM! Studios history after Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR, and resulting in a new release date of October 27, 2021, to accommodate the volume of orders and ensure quality.

House of Slaughter #1 is a brand new ongoing original series set in the world of creators James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera’s Eisner Award-nominated global phenomenon Something is Killing the Children. The series is co-written by James Tynion IV and writer Tate Brombal, and illustrated by Werther Dell‘Edera and artist Chris Shehan, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design

You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica’s handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager training within the House of Slaughter. Surviving within the school is tough enough, but it gets even more complicated when Aaron falls for a mysterious boy destined to be his competition. Discover the inner workings of the mysterious House of Slaughter in this new horror series exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into the monster hunter she is today. 

House of Slaughter #1 features main cover art by series artists Dell’Edera and Shehan, as well as variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Jenny Frison, Mike Del Mundo, Gabrielle D’Otto and more.

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BOOM! Reveals a House of Slaughter #1 Variant Cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto

BOOM! Studios has revealed today a super rare variant cover by acclaimed artist Gabriele Dell’Otto for House of Slaughter #1, the premiere issue of the brand new ongoing original series in the world of the Eisner Award-nominated Something is Killing the Children, written by co-creator James Tynion IV and co-writer Tate Brombal, and illustrated by co-creator Werther Dell‘Edera and artist Chris Shehan, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design. Discover the inner workings of the mysterious House of Slaughter in this new horror series exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into the monster hunter she is today, available on October 20, 2021. 

You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica’s handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager training within the House of Slaughter. Surviving within the school is tough enough, but it gets even more complicated when Aaron falls for a mysterious boy destined to be his competition. . .

House of Slaughter #1 features main cover art by series artists Dell’Edera and Shehan, as well as variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Jenny Frison, and Mike Del Mundo.

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Check Out these Brand New Character Designs for House of Slaughter #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed character designs of monster hunters-in-training Aaron Slaughter and Jace Boucher by acclaimed artist Werther Dell’Edera for the upcoming House of Slaughter, a brand new ongoing original series in the world of the Eisner Award-nominated Something is Killing the Children. 

House of Slaughter is written by Something is Killing the Children co-creator James Tynion IV and co-writer Tate Brombal, and illustrated by co-creator Werther Dell‘Edera and artist Chris Shehan, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design. Discover the inner workings of the mysterious House of Slaughter, exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into the monster hunter she is today, available on October 20, 2021. 

You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica’s handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager training within the House of Slaughter. Surviving within the school is tough enough, but it gets even more complicated when Aaron falls for a mysterious boy destined to be his competition. . .

House of Slaughter #1 features main cover art by series artists Dell’Edera and Shehan, as well as variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Jenny Frison, Mike Del Mundo, and Gabriele Dell’Otto.

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Your First Look at House of Slaughter #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at House of Slaughter #1, a brand new ongoing original series in the world of the Eisner Award-nominated Something is Killing the Children, written by co-creator James Tynion IV and co-writer Tate Brombal, and illustrated by co-creator Werther Dell‘Edera and artist Chris Shehan, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design. Discover the inner workings of the mysterious House of Slaughter in this new horror series exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into the monster hunter she is today, available on October 20, 2021. 

You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica’s handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager training within the House of Slaughter. Surviving within the school is tough enough, but it gets even more complicated when Aaron falls for a mysterious boy destined to be his competition. . .

House of Slaughter #1 features main cover art by series artists Dell’Edera and Shehan, as well as variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Jenny Frison, Mike Del Mundo, and Gabriele Dell’Otto.

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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.

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