House of Whispers #1

Writer: Nalo Hopkinson Artist: Dominike "Domo" Stanton Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: September 12, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 5
7.9Critic Rating
6.4User Rating

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An all-new corner has been added to Neil Gaiman's Sandman Universe!
Welcome to the House of Dahomey, the houseboat of Erzulie Fréda, where the souls of Voodoo followers go when they sleep to beseech the flirtatious and tragic goddess to grant them their hearts' desires and counsel them on their futures and fortunes. When you arrive, you'll find a party is in full swing, filled with all kinds of fabulous and fierce folk, while fish fry and music blasts.
From her bayou, Erzulie scries upon the mortal realm and sees four human girls open a mysterious and magical journal filled with whispers and rumors that, if they spread, could cause a more

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Sep 14, 2018

    I have been massively impressed by the revival of The Sandman Universe so far. I think the creative teams behind each title within it have done incredible jobs and I think this will take its place as a worthy addition to the ongoing worlds that Neil Gaiman set out almost 30 years ago. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Sep 13, 2018

    While HOUSE OF WHISPERS #1 has some initial issues with pacing, Nalo Hopkinson and Domonike Stanton have developed a story worthy of the iconic SANDMAN series. This is a magical and wonderous title that deftly builds on Gaiman's world of magic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Sep 18, 2018

    Its a great feeling when one is able to recommend a work for its ideology, as well as its entertainment value. House of Whispers is definitely worth a visit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Nick Campan Sep 15, 2018

    Don't let my history nerd ramblings deter you from picking this issue up and adding this to your reading list. This is a very well done, well thought out issue. From the writing to the way the artwork makes the story really come to life, this is truly an amazing first issue for the HOUSE OF WHISPERS. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Sep 12, 2018

    There are quick touches that help readers feel familiar with Erzulie. A one off line about her three husbands, the glamorous surroundings and ornate jewelry, as well as humans visiting her in their dreams to beg for love or other assistance. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 12, 2018

    This title feels real. Amid the compelling cast, there's a real sense of suspense as forces beyond the human cast's understanding circle them, and the end of the issue comes with a fantastic cliffhanger as the two worlds of mythology collide in a way no one saw coming. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 12, 2018

    A good first issue that ties the human realm with the reality of the gods while introducing its cast of characters in vivid visual ways. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    ComicBuzz - Tee LaFrance Todd Sep 28, 2018

    Great beginning issue, and promises of future mayhem and magic await those who ascend from the swamps to party in the House of Whispers. Im already there. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Sep 12, 2018

    House of Whispers (2018-) #1 is a traditional stage-setter with a twist; things aren't looking good down on Ezrulie's bayou, and although it isn't clear what the problem is, there is a problem and the exploration of said problem is going to be interesting.House of Whispers (2018-) #1 offers a solid start to what promises to be a strange and interesting run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Sep 12, 2018

    In the end, this was a fantastic debut issue and gives me hope for a very strong new imprint within Vertigo Comics and DC as a whole. I can’t wait to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 12, 2018

    Stanton does an excellent job with the art in this issue and every page is lavish and detailed. I love the composition of the panels and the way that the angles used for many of the scenes put the reader into the action of the moment. I love the immersive feel of the art in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Sep 13, 2018

    This is clearly a comic for grown ups. Do NOT hand this to any kid unless you want to have a lot of conversations about anatomy. Issue one shows promise. Cain and Able show up. I am ready to spend time in the dreaming in theHouse of Whispers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Sep 12, 2018

    Sandman fans should enjoy the last scene and the introduction of some fan-favorite characters, while everyone else should enjoy the rich lore and spirits brought to comic pages for the first time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Sep 13, 2018

    Not much happens in this issue, but it looks fantastic enough to make me stick around a while longer to see what secrets and mysteries the House of Whispers may yet hold. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Mickey Rivera Sep 14, 2018

    This debut issue offers plenty of magic and mythology to get readers by. But while an understanding of voodoo mythology is not exactly a prerequisite for enjoying this book, your enjoyment will be much enhanced by some research into its rich history, an intellectual wrinkle that absolutely fits in the wide tapestry of the Sandman Universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Sep 12, 2018

    The party is always popping at Madame Ezrulie Dahomey's crib, even when there's trouble afoot. Isn't trouble what makes the festivity official? Some spectacular visuals and strong sequentials are marred by some mildly confusing scene changes. A strong first issue whose conclusion won't leave you feeling too anxious. Maybe you'll amble on over to the comic shop and check out #2 anyhow. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Nicole Walker Sep 12, 2018

    I have to say after reading this comic about three times I'm excited for the next one and to see what happened to our fearless Mistress. The art is more than enough for any fan to pick up this title. At least just to check it out. If you're a fan of the Sandman Iniverse that's being built so far, I recommend it. I am immersing myself in the others. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Sep 13, 2018

    Showing a lot of promise, "House of Whispers" is not without its limitations, but it is so ambitious and honest that it should keep readers engaged for more. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    That's Entertainment - Capt. Nostalgia Sep 12, 2018

    Overall, House of Whispers #1, takes a long time to warm up. Even when it finds footing, it's a bit too late. The story focuses a bit too much on exploring the other realm rather than focusing on the narrative at hand. It still manages to intrigue and entertain. The art helps in a big part of that. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 12, 2018

    Hopefully it picks up. Right now it just didn't involve me. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 18, 2018

    The first issue was a struggle for me in terms of the narrative as it's more interested in showing off the world it exists in than anything else. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Angus Sep 12, 2018

    The art is well done, but the story takes too long to establish itself for a #1. Lately these new DC titles have been holding back in issues #1 through #4 and then they let the author go the way they want. I won't be around to see which way this writer goes as the bait on the hook is not enough. Perhaps Vertigo needs to try something new instead of the same rehashes we have had in all forms of entertainment lately.

  • 5.0
    Aussie Dad Sep 22, 2018

    Many years ago I got hooked into the Sandman Universe. Visually spectacular along with the brilliant Neil Gaiman's excellent narrative.This reincarnation feels like an attempt by DC to resurrect their mystery, fantasy and horror titles from the 50's and 60's (House of Mystery, House of Secrets and this newly created House of Whispers) on the back of Gaiman's ideas. I found this title was full of great themes but they seem confused and disjointed. In the cut throat world that is comics you pay a heavy price if you fail to capture the reader's interest quickly and here is hoping that I'll be into it in the next couple of issues.

  • 4.0
    Herushalaim Sep 14, 2018

    I found this boring and confusing. It was jumbled, like any Steve Orlando title. I don't appreciate it there and I don't appreciate it here.

  • 10
    Greg Hound Sep 12, 2018

  • 8.0
    Br'er Lapin Sep 15, 2018

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