Foilball’s October Previews Order

ACTION COMICS #872
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #579-581
AVENGERS INITIATIVE #20
AVENGERS INVADERS #7
BATMAN #684
BOYS #25 (MR)
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #21
CABLE #9
CAPTAIN AMERICA #45
CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #8
DAREDEVIL #114
DARK REIGN NEW NATION
DEADPOOL #5
DETECTIVE COMICS #851
ETERNALS #6
FABLES #79 (MR)
FC LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #4
FC REVELATIONS #5 (OF 5)
FC SECRET FILES #1
FRANKENSTEINS WOMB GN (MR)
GHOST RIDER #30
GRAVEL #9
GREEN LANTERN #37
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #31
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #8
HULK #9
INCOGNITO #1
INCREDIBLE HERCULES #124
INVINCIBLE #57 (RES)
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8
JACK OF FABLES #29 (MR)
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #22
MOON KNIGHT #25
MS MARVEL #34
NEW AVENGERS #48
NIGHTWING #151
NO HERO #4
NOVA #20
PUNISHER #65
PUNISHER X-MAS SPECIAL 2008
ROBIN #181
RUNAWAYS 3 #5
SAVAGE DRAGON #143
SECRET SIX #4
SHE-HULK 2 #36
SI DARK REIGN
SI REQUIEM #1
SKAAR SON OF HULK #6
SUPERGIRL #36
SUPERMAN #683
SUPERMAN BATMAN #55
THOR GOD SIZED #1
THUNDERBOLTS #127
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #129
ULTIMATE X-MEN #99
ULTIMATUM #3 (OF 5)
UNCANNY X-MEN #505 MD
WALKING DEAD #57 (RES) (MR)
WAR HEROES #5 (OF 6) (MR)
WAR MACHINE #1
WINTERMEN WINTER SPECIAL #1
WOLVERINE #70
WOLVERINE ORIGINS #31
WONDER WOMAN #27
X-FACTOR #38
X-FORCE #10
X-MEN LEGACY #219
YOUNG LIARS #10 (MR)

Wow, only 68 books? YAUS!

December’s Greetings: Let’s see, we got all the Secret Invasion wrap-up stuff with Dark Reign: New Nation, Secret Invasion: Dark Reign and Secret Invasion: Requiem. Cool. And Morrison’s finally going to explain some crap in the Final Crisis: Secret Files book. Also cool. Brubaker and Phillips are starting a new crime book, Incognito. Extra cool. I see that Wintermen will finally get wrapped up (lots of wrapping up, must be Christmas) with the Winter Special. Oh, and I finally get to read the new House of Mystery series as the first trade releases in December.

house-of-mystery-tp-vol-01-room-and-boredom

SeventhSoldier Reviews

I…I think I liked this issue.  I can’t tell.  I’m…I mean, as a reviewer and a human being, I’m flummoxed.  I don’t…

What on Earth is going on in this series?

Grade: ?

House of Mystery #4

House of Mystery is a Vertigo project loosely connected to the Sandman mythology.  In it, we meet a two different groups of people.  One group has been ‘kidnapped’ by the House, unable to leave, while the other group seems free to come and go as they please.

Each issue has an overarching story focussing on new arrival Fig, who believes that this is her dream house, and while the story is progressing slowly, it IS progressing as we begin to meet some of the forces moving outside of the House to their own mysterious ends.  The story could be interesting, but it’s slowed down by the inclusion of the second, more schizophrenic part of the book…

…the mini-narrative.  In the House, money doesn’t matter – the only currency is stories, and we get a new story from one of the patrons every issue.  The first issue’s mini-story is one of the honest-to-God creepiest things I’ve ever read, and none of the rest have really lived up.  This issue’s story doesn’t live up, but it’s the first that’s come close as we see a young woman in San Francisco searching for True Love, and the impediments she meets along the way.

Ultimately, House of Mystery is a decent series that needs to step it up a notch.  This issue is a step in the right direction, though, and if you’re a fan of bizarre little stories that range from horror to humor, with a slow-moving but interesting meta-plot, you should do yourself a favor and pick the book up.

Grade: B+