DC House of Horror #1 (One Shot)

Writer: Keith Giffen, Brian Keene, Weston Ochse Artist: Rags Morales, Bilquis Evely, Howard Porter, Scott Kolins, Dale Eaglesham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 25, 2017 Cover Price: $9.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 6
6.7Critic Rating
5.8User Rating

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An all-new, all-creepy one-shot set in the DC Universe-just in time for Halloween! Martha Kent fights for her life against a creature from a spacecraft that lands in front of her farmhouse. A young woman is possessed by the spirit of a murderous Amazon warrior. The last surviving member of the Justice League faces down a horror beyond imagining. All these and more are what happens when the most exciting new voices in contemporary horror fiction are paired with the talents of some of the greatest artists in the DC firmament! And if that isn't enough to scare you, there's Keith Giffen, too.
RATED T+

  • 9.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Oct 26, 2017

    With the success of things like Afterlife with Archie, I would absolutely love to see any one of these stories expanded upon as an ongoing Elseworlds title. I'd be happy if this anthology became a yearly event too. DC House of Horror is evidence that the publisher can do horror and do it well. Pulling on our deep and long-standing connection to these characters and putting them in harrowing situations is only going to make for fun and amazing horror stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Oct 25, 2017

    Reading this anthology was a chance to unpack certain politics while also examining what horror is at its core. It is variable, it has many iterations, and it can be an important message of the world around us. However, it also can reflect atrocities in our lived world and experiences. DC House of Horror takes all these to heart, for good and for bad, and allows us to envision a darkest universe that turns capes from symbols of hope to the representation of fear. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Oct 25, 2017

    80 pages and retailing for $9.99 this is a book with some truly adult scares and unique looks at classic DC heroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Louie Hlad Oct 25, 2017

    DC has published Halloween holiday specials before but I don't remember them ever being this dark, this unsettling, or this satisfying. If you enjoy the twisted and macabre, Black Canary's scenes alone make this book worth the purchase price. Happy Halloween! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Break - Sheena Fisher Oct 25, 2017

    Overall most of the tales had a fun twist to make them interesting. Things I don't want to spoil obviously. Most of these tales drew me in with the "what if?" factor. I promise there are no happy endings here, true to horror form. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    GWW - Yeagerkristel Oct 24, 2017

    DC House of Horror #1 was a really fun, creepy, emotional, well... all over the spectrum, read! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Oct 27, 2017

    Not perfect, but some standout moments of creativity, originality and genuine chills make this more Treat than Trick. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 25, 2017

    If you're looking for some horror comics for the holiday season, there's so much better that's out there for the price point. If you've read all of those, then maybe this is worth it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Oct 23, 2017

    Genuinely creepy, and heavy on the gore, only one story really stands out, and its "Man's World" by Mary SavGiovanni and Bilquis Evely. You'll never look at Wonder Woman the same way. "The world of man hell is going to be a glorious war." Indeed. Unfortunately, this one shining gem isn't enough to rescue DC House of Horror #1 (2017) from it's $9.99 cover price, and otherwise lack of originality. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Chris Showalter Nov 1, 2017

    DC House of Horror #1 succeeds on its premise of delivering scary or thought-provoking tales regarding our favorite characters. It provides the readers with tales to enjoy throughout this Halloween season as it twists the familiar into something horrific, thought-provoking, and nearly unrecognizable. Ultimately, this book is a horrific treat for those looking for short stories to read this holiday. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Bryan Spaulding Oct 26, 2017

    The DC House of Horror is a fun comic that has its ups and downs. I would recommend picking it up simply for the odd concepts it presents with familiar characters. There are truly some talented writers on display as well which I'm sure we'll hear from again. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Oct 30, 2017

    If you've ever wondered what the DC Universe would look like when approached from a horror perspective in a way that doesn't hold anything back, this one-shot is perfect for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Oct 25, 2017

    This score constitutes an average of the scores fromeach story in this anthology, but overall I'd say this is a worthwhile purchasefor your favorite junior high schooler that bends towards horror orsuperheroes. Or both. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Michael D Oct 25, 2017

    That’s all the stories included in this one-shot. There were some genuinely interesting stories but about half of them were forgettable. At least the art was consistently good throughout. I have no problem recommending this book to fans of the horror genre but otherwise, with the big price tag, your money is better spent somewhere else. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Oct 25, 2017

    Sadly there are no real winners here: not the writers who have produced a work that's barely palatable, not the artists and colorists who had to render all this carnage, and certainly not the reader who might only enjoy this if they score really really low on a test for money management skills or really really high on a test for sociopathy. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 26, 2017

    As a fan of horror, I can appreciate this comic and everything it was attempting. Hell, I'm happy DC made it, but there are so many missteps, and worse missed opportunities. This could have launched a horror line at DC, but when you just use the same idea over and over and switch out characters and twist endings, then it's hard to get anything new going. Maybe next year they'll try again and actually let the pool of talent they wrangled tell stories with variety. Read Full Review

  • 3.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 25, 2017

    If DC is going to features its most popular heroes and villains in a Halloween-flavored comic, the results should at least be fun. That's not the case with DC House of Horror #1, a pointlessly dark and morbid comic that seeks to drag Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest through the mud. Perhaps this comic justifies its high cover price sheerly in terms of page count, but that doesn't really matter if the stories moistly aren't worth reading in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Oct 31, 2017

    With a bloated $9.99 price point, I cant find myself recommending this for anyone other than the hardcore completest. This is especially true considering the quality of the work DC is putting out in the pages of Dark Knights: Metal. Those are horrifically dark stories that are far more effective. I hope enough people enjoyed this to warrant another crack next year, as I feel the concept of this book is an absolutely great idea, it just had a very flawed execution. The horror fan in me was disappointed, but that wont stop me from picking up another release next year. Read Full Review

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