House of Mystery Annual #1

House of Mystery Annual #1

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It's Halloween at The House of Mystery, and that can only mean one thing: the bash of a lifetime! But when Fig discovers a strange mask in the attic, she begins having visions of everywhere the mask has been, and she quickly becomes the life and death of the party. This special 48-page annual contains a framing story by the regular HOUSE OF MYSTERY creative team of writer Matthew Sturges and artists Luca Rossi and Jose Marzan Jr. Also included is a series of short stories from a few regular Vertigo titles including HELLBLAZER by Peter Milligan, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini and MADAME XANADU by Matt Wagner, Amy Reeder Hadley and Richard Friend as well as a special MERV PUMPKINHEAD tale (the first in over 8 years!)by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham and Kevin Nowlan! In addition, you'll be treated to a yarn spotlighting the upcoming new monthly series I, ZOMBIE by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred! Plus, a Q&A with the creative teams to uncover their scariest Halloween cos

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Oct 14, 2009

    Overall, House of Mystery: Halloween Annual #1 serves as a great introduction to some of Vertigos great series, and is a great Halloween-time read. For a line of comic books that focus a great deal of its series on the supernatural and horror, Vertigo finally delivers a Halloween special worthy of the Vertigo line. It was worth the wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 14, 2009

    Don't get me wrong, all of these creators are doing fine work with their respective characters. I love the attempt to show the Vertigo universe as a cohesive whole. There's a certain Seven Soldiers-esque quality to the overarching storyline as various heroes confront a vast threat without ever really meeting one another. But to some extent, this issue feels like a case of wasted potential. Why not shake up the creative teams a little? Why not have Milligan write Madam Xanadu and Wagner tackle Constantine? As enjoyable as the issue is, it could have taken a few more chances. The sense of connectivity is fun, but no characters from any franchise are really permanently affected by the events of the issue. But above all, this annual is a fun celebration of all things Vertigo, and I hope it inspires some similar collaborations in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Addiction - Aziz Bawany Oct 17, 2009

    Overall, this might be the next best companion piece to the Vertigo $1.00 introduction issues. There are great insights to all these new books and teams that many readers might not be following. I think it’s a great way to capitalize on the company’s number one top talent and bring in his fans as well as show off some other stuff. I do think that there could be a bit less feeling of “this is an advertisement” if the teams fleshed out their short stories into something more concise but overall it’s a great book and well worth the price. Read Full Review

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