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Review: The Nice House on The Lake #4

The Nice House on The Lake

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


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Preview: The Nice House on the Lake #4

The Nice House on the Lake #4

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Alvaro Martinez

A terrifying truth about the house is revealed! David wants nothing more than to make his fellow residents of the House laugh. He’s the Comedian, right? That’s what he does. But if no one’s in the mood to laugh, then perhaps it’s time for him to perform the other function of comedy: to tell his audience an unbelievable truth…

The Nice House on the Lake #4

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Artie and the Wolf Man

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Artie and the Wolf Moon (Graphic Universe) – Artie sneaks out at night to discover their mother is a werewolf!

Avengers Tech-On #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun as a powered up Red Skull strips the world’s heroes of their powers.

Bad Sister (First Second Books) – A middle grade graphic memoir following a young girl who undergoes a crisis of conscience, realizing that she is a “bad sister.”

Batman #112 (DC Comics) – “Fear State” kicks off as the Scarecrow’s plan for Gotham unfolds.

Bountiful Garden #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – In the year 2200, a team of teenage scientists are sent on a terraforming mission to a distant planet. When they are awakened abruptly, ten years early, halted above a strange planet, the teens are tasked with trying to figure out why they’re stalled – or what stalled them.

Deadbox #1 (Vault Comics) We have an early review and praise this debut.

Glamorella’s Daughter #2 (Literati Press) – The debut issue was fantastic introducing us to a new hero and her daughter who’d rather read books than punch bad guys.

Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land #1 (Marvel) – Ka-Zar is back! We always want to see what’s done with this character that never quite catches on.

Last Flight Out #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Humanity has chosen to evacuate Earth as a father attempts to make amends with his daughter during the end of the world.

Mazebook #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Jeff Lemire. Nuff said.

The Nice House on the Lake #4 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – This series has been amazing with a great mix of horror, mystery, and a focus on the characters. This one delivers some twists that have a major impact.

Nine Stones #1 (Behemoth Comics) – Disturbing dreams shake Alistair “Allie” Jacobi’s nights. But his daytime life is not much better.

Not All Robots #2 (AWA Studios) – In the year of 2056, robots have replaced human beings in the workforce. Mark Russell and Mike Deodato deliver more brilliant commentary.

Savage Circus #6 (Heavy Metal Entertainment) – Strange creators on the loose and a group of thieves. The series has been a lot of fund mashing up genres.

Search for Hu #1 (AfterShock) – A son must protect his parents who a feud breaks out between the two sides of his family.

Snelson #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue was interesting looking at “cancel culture”. It didn’t quite deliver the commentary we hoped for but it was enough that we want to see what the second issue has to say.

Star Trek: Mirror War #0 (IDW Publishing) – Star Trek and the Mirror Universe are two things together that always have us interested.

Whistle: A New Gotham Hero (DC Comics) – When Willow discovers that her “uncle” Edward and his friends are actually some of Gotham’s most corrupt criminals, she must make a choice: remain loyal to the man who kept her family together, or use her new powers to be a voice for her community.

Review: The Nice House on the Lake #3

The Nice House on the Lake #3 continues the impressive run for the series which delivers an amazing mystery, so solid tense moments, and lots of emotion.

Story: James Tynion IV
Art: Álvaro Martínez Bueno
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Andworld Design

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: The Nice House on the Lake #4

The Nice House on the Lake #4

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Alvaro Martinez

A terrifying truth about the house is revealed! David wants nothing more than to make his fellow residents of the House laugh. He’s the Comedian, right? That’s what he does. But if no one’s in the mood to laugh, then perhaps it’s time for him to perform the other function of comedy: to tell his audience an unbelievable truth…

The Nice House on the Lake #4

Preview: The Nice House on the Lake #3

The Nice House on the Lake #3

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Alvaro Martinez Bueno

Walter’s “rules” for their getaway strongly suggested the residents not leave the property lines of the House…but how far do they go? It’s not like Sam, the Reporter, to leave a question like that unanswered…but what he finds when he walks the perimeter of the lake might turn out to be the story of his lifetime-however much longer it lasts!

The Nice House on the Lake #3

Review: The Nice House on the Lake #3

The Nice House on the Lake #3

James Tynion IV and Álvaro Martínez Bueno try to tame the urgencies of the end of the world in The Nice House on the Lake #3 to look at a specific character and how everything affects just one person in a group that’s stuck together. While the tension’s still running on high, this character-centric issue is one that nonetheless helps deepen the mystery behind the apocalypse and the role Walter, the person responsible for the house on the lake, plays as one of its agents.

Issue #3 centers on Sam, a queer character that reveals Walter was the first person he came out to and how he felt a kind of unstable duty to please this friend that only appeared at certain moments throughout his life. As the group tries to create some kind of routine or distraction to deal with the situation at the house, Sam decides it’s too early to settle and accept the new normal. Instead, he goes out to explore the limits of the land surrounding the house.

This part of the story finds great success in holding the idea of post-apocalyptic life over the group’s collective thought. While some might be more inclined to try and find comfort in distraction, others will find there’s no hope of acceptance when so many questions are yet to be answered. Tynion and Martínez Bueno latch on to this dynamic to great effect to set up what will eventually lead to rifts within the group.

The Nice House on the Lake #3

Martínez Bueno finally has the opportunity to let loose with the overall weirdness found on the land surrounding the house, especially with the strange geometry of the sculptures lying around. As Sam explores further, we get to see strange things hiding beyond the house and they do a great job of turning an already terrifying situation into a more disturbing one. I can’t wait to see what other hidden horrors await in the coming issues, and how Martínez Bueno will bring them to life.

Tynion’s focus on Sam shows that each character in Nice House has a continent’s worth of story in them. Not only should we expect more of these single-character studies in the future, but they might also become the some of the best parts of the whole series. It’s getting harder and harder to wait for the next installment of The Nice House on the Lake and it’s looking like it has no intention of letting up on that.

Story: James Tynion IV, Art: Álvaro Martínez Bueno
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10
Recommendation: Buy and remember to bring your own snacks to the end of the world


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Snelson #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

First Degree: A Crime Anthology (Humanoids) – Over a dozen tales of crime fiction.

Horizon Zero Dawn: Liberation #1 (Titan Comics) – The series based on the popular video game is back for a second arc!

Lucky Devil #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Cullen Bunn’s new series featuring art by Fran Galan. A new horror series by Bunn? Yes please!

Me You Love in the Dark #1 (Image Comics) – Skottie Young and Jorge Corona’s new series about an artist who leaves the grind of the city and moves into an old house in a small town.

The Nice House on the Lake #3 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The first two issues blew us away and this is a series we have no idea where it’s going but are all in to see.

Not All Robots #1 (AWA Studios) – In the year 2056 robots have replaced people in the worforce and an uneasy co-existence develops. Every family has a robot that they rely upon. What can go wrong? Read our early review.

Re: Constitutions (First Second) – Part of the World Citizen Comics line, this book explains the role constitutions play in government and some of the issues due to that.

Run Book 1 (Abrams Comicarts) – The second series telling the amazing life of Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis. It’s the next chapter in the history of civil rights.

Skybound X #5 (Image Comics/Skybound) -Each issue has featured debuts and shown off what makes Skybound great. Check out this finale which promises to be a big one!

Snelson #1 (AHOY Comics) – A 90s edgy comic is desperate for a comeback and goes on tour with a group of sociall conscious comedians.

Transformers: King Grimlock #1 (IDW Publishing) – Steve Orlando and Agustin Padilla take on the Transformers powerhouse in a new limited series that has him transported to a savage world where the strong rule.

X-Men #2 (Marvel) – We’re a bit mixed on the debut issue but we’re intrigued with all of the groundwork that was laid down. So, we’re coming back to see where all of that goes.

Preview: The Nice House on the Lake #3

The Nice House on the Lake #3

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Alvaro Martinez Bueno

Walter’s “rules” for their getaway strongly suggested the residents not leave the property lines of the House…but how far do they go? It’s not like Sam, the Reporter, to leave a question like that unanswered…but what he finds when he walks the perimeter of the lake might turn out to be the story of his lifetime-however much longer it lasts!

The Nice House on the Lake #3

Review: The Nice House on the Lake #2

Impressively, The Nice House on the Lake #2 is as good as the debut with an amazing focus on the characters and intensity of the situation.

Story: James Tynion IV
Art: Álvaro Martínez Bueno
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Andworld Design

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

comiXology
Amazon
Kindle
Zeus Comics
TFAW


This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

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