Friday, May 16, 2008

House of Mystery #1: Great Comic Cover

DC Comics, Vertigo line (who might I say always has some kick ass covers from the likes of James Jean, Brian Wood, Dave Johnson, etc.) has just released a new comic called House of Mystery with covers by Sam Weber.

From Vertigo: "House of Mystery focuses on five characters trapped in a supernatural bar, trying to solve the mystery of how and why they're imprisoned there. Each one has a terrible past they'd like to forget, and with no books, newspapers or TV allowed in the House, they face an eternity of boredom. But stories become the new currency, and fortunately, the House attracts only the finest storytellers." 

The cool concept with this comic is that the regular writers (Matthew Sturges and Bill Willingham) and artists (Luca Rossi and Sean Murphy) work on the "5 people stuck in the house" story while a guest artist comes in every issue and create the guests' tales.

What makes this cover interesting is the unified split image. The ghostly visage of a woman's head pouring out of a dark house definitely hits the mystery nail on the head. But the blood drops surrounded by flies making her eyes creates a sinister air (and perfectly ties in the extremely f***ed up story inside). I also love the vintage font used for the title. I don't know why the T in the middle of Mystery is more ornate than the rest... but I love how it looks.

Check out the covers for #2 & #3:

With great covers and an equally great story concept, I'm definitely making this a monthly purchase.

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