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House of Mystery Vol. 1: Room and Boredom Paperback – January 20, 2009
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The house sits at something of a cosmic crossroads that allow visitors from many different worlds. Most can come and go as they please, but a handful are trapped indefinitely. This small group runs a restaurant and bar in the house and the only payment accepted is a story to alleviate their boredom. When a new permanent occupant arrives, the status quo appears to be shaken up a bit and a number of subplots and minor mysteries slowly bubble to the surface.
This first volume does a solid job of introducing the cast of characters and establishing the House of Mystery as a, well, mysterious place. It's clear that Willingham and Sturges intend to move the story forward at a measured pace and take their time before revealing too much. While I don't find the pace to be a problem, I would caution readers who like things to move forward briskly that this may not be your cup of tea.
The core members of the cast are made up of the four permanent residents of the house, only one of which happens to be a man. Except for the new addition, Fig, the other three are pretty interchangeable so far. Snarky and bored, but not overly mean spirited.Read more ›
For the writing team, we have Matthew Sturges & Bill Willingham, the creative team for "Jack of Fables", a spinoff of Willingham's original "Fables" property, the current masterpiece of the Vertigo line of books. "Fables" is often compared to "The Sandman" in its integration of different fictions into a single meta-narrative, so it seems rather fitting for them to take charge.
As I said, the new "House of Mystery" is far more concerned with ongoing story than the old, which is a good thing, the market for pure anthology being what it is. This does leave the book with a feel of bifurcation, though.Read more ›
Of course, the added twist is that this bar resides at the crossroads of dimensions, and so a more than generous portion of weird seeps onto the pages. Each issue is structured to take place as part of a larger arc featuring the protagonists attempting to leave and/or understand the house that imprisons them, but each issue also features a tangential story told by one of the bar regulars as barter for food and drink. It's often these side stories that resonate the best in this series. Some are weird and deranged, others silly and playful. Nearly all are highly unique and unforgettable.
The larger arcs hold together by towing the reader along with revelations that always lead to more questions, much like "Lost" or "The X-Files." I often find myself hungrily flipping back pages to revisit old passages that seemed trivial at the time but hold great significance in retrospect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The House of Mystery series is long standing with DC Comics. The latest iteration led by Matthew Sturges borrows a little from the Sandman mythos, which is in turn based on older... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Phillip Schultz
house of mystery is surprisingly terrific. highly recommended.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The venerable anthology series got a gruesome grown-up reboot in 2008. This collection uses a wraparound tale that tells the story of the house itself, a place where visitors from... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Wombat the Bookworm
I got on time for pleasant and It is good one! I will order more book likely it. Thanks for on time.Published on March 19, 2013 by EMc2
My grown children got me hooked on this series during a visit. House of Mystery is well written and beautifully illustrated. Who knew comics could be such art?! Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by SuzGA
I wanted to read this series for a long time and finally decided to order volume 1 last week.
My only regret is not reading it sooner. Read more
Rather enjoyed it, but the side stories are a little disappointing, not as well imagined as I'd like. Still a good read, however.Published on April 5, 2012 by shouldbestudying25
The denizens of House of Mystery are forever entrapped, paying their debts by telling stories to each other. The stories range from the macabre to the fantastical. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Paige Turner
I loved this book. Pretty much every aspect of it appealed to me.
I like the setup: one main continuing storyline with continuing characters, which is periodically... Read more