Astounding Villain House One-Shot #1
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Astounding Villain House One-Shot #1

Writer: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden Artist: Ben Stenbeck Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: October 30, 2013 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
7.3Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

From the mind of Best Humor Publication Eisner winner Shannon Wheeler come four hysterical tales of failed bank robberies, bad dates, doomed team-ups, and ruined empires! Introducing a new cast of lovable loser supervillains, Wheeler reveals what evil-and laugh-out-loud pathos-lurks within the walls of the Villain House! Collecting all four hilarious stories from Dark Horse Presents!

  • 10
    AIPT - Sam Roche Oct 30, 2013

    The issue is simple yet sophisticated in its art. Some may dislike the cartoony style, but it really compliments the writing perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 30, 2013

    I really didn't need to review this issue, but I couldn't just let it pass by. It's a great one-shot that I would highly recommend to any fan of the superhero genre that doesn't take it so seriously. Hell I would also recommend it if you just need a laugh this week because it's not going to disappoint you. If you like it then give it some love and tell Dark Horse you'd like more because I know there's the potential for new characters and stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Oct 30, 2013

    Since they're short stories we're in and out pretty quickly, but Wheeler does a really good job of fleshing out his characters quickly and working in a quirky twist or two along the way. This is a specific genre of humor that parodies super-heroes in a very sideways fashion, not much emphasis on the super-hero battle though we get a few punches and kicks, it's wry humor focusing on the verbal and situational. Your enjoyment of this comic, as with any comedy, is going to have a lot with how well it fits into your own sense of humor. This plays quite nicely to my personal sense of humor, I liked it a lot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Culture Mass - Joshua Eubanks Oct 30, 2013

    These four short stories are more than they appear at first glance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Oct 31, 2013

    Wheeler's artistic style is a bit grainy and thick, which makes even the most serious demon look comical. It's a great parody comic that fans of The Tick are sure to love. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 1, 2013

    I really would love to see some more "Villain House" stories, be they in "Dark Horse Presents," another one-shot, or any other medium. Once you read these stories, I'm pretty sure you'd agree. Wheeler's "Astounding Villain House" is a brilliant bite of dark superheroics, and if we're lucky it will be the first of many. Scoop up a copy, and I bet you'll be singing his praises before long too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Oct 29, 2013

    Its not hard to see why Wheeler is an Eisner award winner. This is a really fun and funny book, and its great to take a break from a serious super hero book and pick this up and read it for fun, because lets be honest, thats what were all here to do. Have fun! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Oct 29, 2013

    For a slice of Halloween Humor you should probably pick this up, but then if you don't like nice things and you prefer the caped and cowled, serious and meaningful books, this might not be the one for you. Read Full Review

  • 3.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Mark Viola Nov 6, 2013

    Too bad, because it could have been a funny, clever, well drawn work, and instead, it was none of those things. Its like Doctor Horrible, without the wit, humor, or soul. Leave this trash rag on the shelf, and spend your money on something that will ruin your teeth like candy, or kill brain cells like booze, or do both, like meth. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Oct 30, 2013

    Again, I may be the minority and I just don't get it, and you're probably right, but unless you are familiar with Wheeler's work and understand where it's humor is derived I highly suggest moving on to something else. For fans of Too Much Coffee Man it'll get high marks from me not so much. What I find “astounding” is that anyone finds Astounding Villain Houseremotely amusing. Pass. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GreyMouser Nov 10, 2013

    $3.50. 32 Giant pages! no ADs!! . . . .Some fun stuff here from an old Indie & DIY legend Shannon Wheeler, NOT Mignola, Golden or Stenbeck. hehe. Glad to see Dark Horse plenty of freedom to do 4 superpowers spoofs, his way. His humor is dry and sarcastic in a mudan way that boarders on absurd. it reminds me of great 70's/80s independent comics, that used more of your snarky brain in commentary on life & funny-books, instead of bright, sugar coated drivel of the mainstream.

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