House of Penance #2

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Ian Bertram Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 11, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 6
8.5Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

Sarah Winchester's house is always under construction-the banging of hammers keeps her demons at bay. Her construction crew of vagrants and murderers build, tear down, and rebuild the mansion according to her visions. But her newest employee, Warren Peck, has brought some demons of his own . . .

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams May 10, 2016

    At the end of the day, any horror story is only as good as the characters involved, and in Sarah Winchester and Warren Peck, we have been blessed with two utterly compelling protagonists, each with a truly relatable aspect to their personal trauma.  While there are historical and factual aspects to this tale, Tomasi should be applauded for weaving such a gripping fictional narrative around them, and Bertrams stunning visuals round out what has to be considered one of the truly unique, genuinely disturbing horror titles of 2016. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley May 18, 2016

    House of Penance #2 was just as impressive as the first issue. The writing and art come together to make something that's both fascinating and disturbing. This issue takes us further into Sarah Winchester's madness, and, like her workers, we get sucked into its gravity, possibly never to return. Dr. Josh gives this an". Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 12, 2016

    If you're going to build a horror comic around a real-world location, you could do a lot worse than the massive, nonsensical Winchester House. Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram are making the most of that inspiration, crafting a comic that's propelled by a massive sense of unease and foreboding. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi May 13, 2016

    This series is very atmospheric. Anyone looking for a subtle, well-written, amazingly-rendered story should most definitely read this. Things can only get better (for us; worse for Sarah) from here and I, for one, am not going to miss out on it! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author May 9, 2016

    I will admit the more the artist zooms up on Sarah Winchester's eyes, it makes me wonder why. There is something creepy about that vacant blue eyed stare. The last few pages artwork is stunning and creepy. I won't spoil what happens in those pages, but be warned it is graphic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Freddie Nero May 11, 2016

    Writing this eerie book is a veteran. After spending 15 years as DC editor on some major titles, Peter J.Tomasi made the change to writer. He wrote on Green Lantern's Blackest Night and Brightest Day, as well as other DC staples. As good as the writing is, Ian Bertram's depiction of this hellish home and its owner is what gives you goosebumps. Even without something more ominous happening, Mrs Winchester just sitting there is ghoulish enough to haunt you. I'll end this with a thought from a much better writer than myself, Geoff Johns. House of Penance “makes you want to sleep with the lights on… Wraps you around the throat and doesn't let go.” Couldn't have said it better myself. Unless you're a child, I say go pick up this book now… and read it early in the day. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Arpad Okay May 16, 2016

    All that blood is the result of when two planets collide: Winchester and Peck's orbits pull them ever closer into each other. Has their submersion into madness put them in touch with the beyond? Or are they just nuts? The "horror" here is comics doing what comics do best. The reader sees the lunatic and their point of view simultaneously, the two are incapable of being separated. House of Penance started out like The Wild Bunch, all gristle and eyeball sweat. Now it stands flooded with gore, open elevators at the Overlook Hotel. Last time I cried Norma Desmond but now I'm feeling the widow Winchester's potential to go full Annie Wilkes. The only sure bet in the House of Penance is things will inevitably grow darker. As they must. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis May 11, 2016

    That being said, House of Penance's atmosphere, art, and story potential are still plenty good enough to make it worth sticking around for the next issue. Perhaps this will be one of those series that reads better as a trade"or when additional rooms are added. Read Full Review

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