House of Mystery 1: Room & Boredom – Mathew Sturges and Bill Willingham

h1If this seems familiar to you then it was written by the team that wrote Fables and Jack of Fables. It’s kind of an anti-Fables with real characters going into a fictional world as opposed to the other way around.

The currency of this fictional world is stories so the main plot will halt for four or so pages while a gothic and macabre short story is unveiled. This title was based on the DC supernatural horror anthology House of Mystery that began publication in 1951. The story within a story format works quite well and the whole tone is very surreal. Think of it as a mix of Alice in Wonderland and Hammer Horror. It is reminiscent of Grant Morrison’s 7 Soldiers of Victory.

The art is typical Vertigo fare with a little detail going a long way. Each short story is drawn by a different artist which really helps separate the narratives and showcases some bold and vivid styles.

It does feel like more of the same from these two writers but they do say write what you know. Although there is enough of a hook to keep you going till volume two.

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