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The Nice House on the Lake 1

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I believe the ending of this volume is supposed to be a kind of twist, and it's more of a sigh, really.

I do wish I'd waited til the second volume to pick this up, because I feel like by the time I get my hands on the second volume, I'll have forgotten the finer points here. will there be an escape possible, in the secret places in this superstructure, in its shadowy spaces, its angles and substructures? Comparatively though, this one felt a big of a slog, starting strong and ending strong, but sort of languishing in the middle (though Dave being goofy is pretty charming).Confronted with such an enormous and intimate act of betrayal, each of the ten guests are faced with a defining question: Will they lash out against their benevolent alien jailer in a bid to escape, or make peace with the unforgivable? There are so many directions that Tynion can take with this story and he is mindful and careful with the manner in which he crafts his characters. Back in high school, Walter didn't like Ronnie when pre-transition Norah started dating her, but it wasn't because he was jealous of Norah's time—rather, he already knew there would be limited space at the House, and he didn't want Norah getting attached to someone he couldn't save. which collects the first six issues of the 12-issue limited series and is out this week, opens on the image of a woman wrapping a bandage around her head, the background ablaze in a glow of orange and red.

We learn a lot about Norah as well as see how she continues to struggle with what he’s done and the reality of this new world and prison that’s been created for them all. Apart from every other development, the idea that the survivors under Walter's purview aren't the only ones left is more surprising than anything else. It's pretty satisfying conclusion, and unless I hear great things about the second, I'm fine to get off the ride here.

Do cool time jumps, or leap to other cells of lab rats, introduce us to other Walters more/less sentimental than Walter-proper (and their little cells too). The casts' relationships with Walter were explored in depth and, strictly by association, with each other, to a point. Keeping it short and sweet for now, I'll revisit this once the second volume is out and the whole thing's complete, but Nice House is a twisted look at the minds of 12 individuals, one of whom isn't even human. The following year, he launched the Eisner-winning and Harvey-nominated comic book mini-series Something is Killing the Children, which was later upgraded to an ongoing title due to high demand.

There is a LOT going on in this story, and it feel as though they've just touched the surface of everything. Theres a nice mood and it captures the readers imagination and, I must repeat, some of the art is just stunning. Walter is an interesting character and we really feel his struggle, though still empathize more with the others who we unfortunately only really know in their context to Walter and never quite get to know as themselves much.The ending appears to both wrap up the series while clearly not being the end, so I’m a little confused about whether or not this is indeed where it ends. It's weird (in a good way), extremely well-written, and subtly humorous, especially in its nuanced criticism and excoriation of an entire generation of liberal whiny snowflakes.

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