Review: DC House of Horror

With Halloween only a few days away I’m sure everyone is looking forward to seeing their favorite Heroes and Villains in horror themed stories. In this issue there are eight tales to feed your hunger for horror. Is this Halloween issue worth buying? I will give you information about each story spoiler free so you can decide for yourself.

In our first tale Bump in the Night we see Martha Kent in Smallville trying to reach her husband. Without any luck Martha continues about her business. She’s alone in a big house on a large farm. Something she’s used to, but she starts to hear some interesting noises from upstairs. She then tries to call Kravtiz, but he doesn’t answer either. The noise gets louder and louder. Martha is looking more and more concerned. Will Martha make it out of her house alive?

In the next tale of horror Man’s World, we see a group of young women playing with an Ouija board.  Looks like they found it in an attic and are joking about who to reach out to in the spirit world. The girls joke about trying to reach different celebrities. But, one of the girl suggests calling out to the Amazons. Everyone else seems to like this idea. What could go wrong?

Looks like someone’s lost their mind a little in Crazy for You. A guard that works at Arkham Asylum saw Harley Quinn in the shower while making his rounds. Seems he’s developed a crush, or you could call it an obsession. Harley helps him in every aspect now. He thinks about her constantly. He even gives her bloody presents. Don’t worry there’s much more to the story, but no spoilers friends.

Our next tale Last Laugh focuses on Batsy and The Joker. Usually Batman is great about keeping his cool when his fanboy Joker decides to cause chaos. But, what happens when Batsy finally breaks? What happens when The Joker makes Batman re-live every terrible thing he’s done to him? And, Batman seems to also be reliving every failure from his past as well. Will Batman truly be able to kill The Joker?

Blackest Day focuses on a story being told from Green Lanterns point of view, obviously. It would seem that something has infected regular civilians. The Justice League is trying their best to help the people, but the civilians are just unreasonable and keep fighting the heroes. Unfortunately some of our heroes have been infected by the virus. One bite is all it takes. Can Green Lantern save the Justice League? Can the Justice League save the world?

Stray Arrow focuses on, you guessed it, Green Arrow. But, in this universe he’s not quite gotten to the status of hero Green Arrow, he still just a vigilante without that title. Seems out on his adventures he rescued a helpless blonde from being hurt by some scumbag. For some reason he decides to lock her in a cage at his hideout. What would motivate the vigilante to lock up a seemingly regular civilian?

Unmasked doesn’t come right out and tell you who the story focuses on. But, DC fans will figure it out in no time flat. Looks like it’s the end of the world in Gotham. There is a Leviathan and most of the city has been evacuated or sheltered into Gotham Stadium. A local D.A. shares all of this from his perspective, and his perspective is dark. It seems that even though the Leviathan is outside, there are still plenty of monsters inside the shelter. Can he escape the monsters inside?

What happens when Billy Bastion is presented his gift, but it’s not wanted? What if, this time the gift is threatening him and loved ones? What if the voice in his head that we know helps guide him is actually out to scare and destroy him? Well, that’s exactly what you get to look forward to in The Possession of Billy Bastion. This was certainly an interesting take on his tale.

Ok, so overall I would recommend you grab this comic. There are a few stories in there that I thought were lacking simply because they were basic scares. But, hey, some people like those jump and monster scares. My personal favorites were Crazy for You, Last Laugh, and Blackest of Days. The reason is because all of those tales had some really dark stuff lurking under the surface. 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.

Rating: 8/10 Stars

DC Horror House is now available at comic book retailers everywhere.

Sheena Fisher AKA cosplayer Sheena Bot. She and her husband have been making cosplay magic since 2008. She has been consistently writing comic reviews for titles Harley Quinn, Supergirl, and Rat Queens. Sheena and her husband like to collect money for charities at different conventions during the weekend. By day she works as an Enrollment Agent at MorphoTrust. She is a Fairmont State University graduate with a bachelor's degree in Family & Consumer Sciences. Follow her on Faceboook: sheenabotcosplay