The Dollhouse Family #1

Writer: Mike Carey, Joe Hill Artist: Peter Gross, Vince Locke, Dan McDaid Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 13, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 15
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On Alice's sixth birthday, her dying great-aunt sent her the birthday gift she didn't know she always wanted: a big, beautiful 19th-century dollhouse, complete with a family of antique dolls. In no time at all, the dollhouse isn't just Alice's favorite toy...it's her whole world. And soon, young Alice learns she can enter the house to visit a new group of friends, straight out of a heartwarming children's novel: the Dollhouse family. But while the Dollhouse family welcome her with open arms, in the real world, her family life is becoming much more complicated...and deep within the Dollhouse's twisting halls, the black room waits, with an offe more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Kate Snchez Nov 13, 2019

    The Dollhouse Family#1 is a wonderful world-building first issue and the intense ending that will leave readers clamoring for more. With two series out now forHill House Comics, it's undeniable that this new imprint pop up is a horror force for comics andThe Dollhouse Familyis a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 13, 2019

    The second book in the Hill House line is an unqualified win, and my only regret is that the 100 pages or so we're getting of it don't feel like they'll be nearly enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Nov 15, 2019

    This, for me, is an absolutely stellar first issue, and if its not on your pull list already, it really needs to be. Between this and the other titles either already released or on the horizon, Hill House Comics has the potential to rival Vertigo in its prime. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Nov 13, 2019

    Vertigo Icons M.R. Carey and Peter Gross return to comics for one of the most darkly intriguing first issues of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 2, 2019

    The Dollhouse Family has a Neil Gaiman vibe to it, which is certainly not a bad thing. It captures the innocence of childhood and the dangers that can take advantage of that. Something horrifying is brewing here. I'm anticipating it with equal parts dread and excitement. This is a terrific addition to the Hill House Comics lineup. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Nov 13, 2019

    Whaaaaaat? I have no idea where this is going and I love that! There are people living in a dollhouse, a giant sleeping in a cave, and a horned up witch lady having sex with lost cartographers. And that ending! I can't wait to find out how it all ties together. This book has hooked me right in with how different and how &^%$ed it is! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Nov 13, 2019

    Dark and intense, there's much more to this story than there appears to be; I can't wait to learn all of the Dollhouse Family's secrets. The Dollhouse Family #1 is an unsettling must-read issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 13, 2019

    The art from Gross and Locke is deceptively well done. They manage to make the pages look innocent and simple while luring the reader in with beautifully haunting visuals and an excellent use of shadows and atmosphere. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Nov 15, 2019

    While the two stories in the comic dont really feel like they should fit together, its still a great horror story that evokes many of the best elements of the British Invasion of DC, as well as the strong independent comic book scene that became prevalent in the 1980s. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 18, 2019

    I love me some 'Twilight Zone' and 'Tales From The Crypt', so this is right up my alley, but you may want to first gauge how you feel about neo-gothic horror stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Patrick Cavanaugh Nov 13, 2019

    What really pushes the book above and beyond are all the various details that are seemingly unnecessary, which give enough explanation for the mysterious events unfolding while never explicitly laying things out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Nov 15, 2019

    The Dollhouse Family really is a love letter to a very specific period in comics. What it lacks, unfortunately, is the innovation and unpredictability that really characterized the heyday of Vertigo comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 18, 2019

    I will probably stay and read the next issue when it comes out. The art by Gross and Locke certainly is a reason to stick around. The last page really got me though. Let's see what happens. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Alex Curtis Nov 13, 2019

    Although its handling of domestic abuse leaves a lot to be desired and the story is a little too big for its britches, The Dollhouse Family pulls no punches and ends on a genuinely shocking stinger. Its main point is to show a little girl's innocence being taken away and exploited by evil, and this illustrates that in a mostly effective way. Overall, I would like to read more, and that's all you can really ask for in this crowded comics market, isn't it? Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 14, 2019

    Given the post-Halloween glut of spooky stories, The Dollhouse Family doesn't register amongst other superior horror comic offerings. Read Full Review

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