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"House of Fear #7" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Ten31 Publishing

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Written by James Powell
Illustrated by Jethro Morales and James Hislope
Colored by Josh Jensen
Lettered by Matt Krotzer
2021, 40 Pages

Review:

Isaac is tired of being bullied by Caden. He can't take it anymore so he decides to teach Caden a lesson, giving him a taste of his own medicine with the age old come back “I'm rubber, you're glue. What bounces off me, sticks to you.” That's taken literally as the bully gets to live all the insults he throws out.

House of Fear plays in the rarely used all-ages horror space and does so beautifully. Writer James Powell picks up with a classic playground rhyme and puts a spooky spin on it that has a message. It's not quite a “The More You Know” kind of thing, but you will think twice about making fun of someone after reading this.

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This starts out subtle and then gets rather obvious as to what's going on. Powell spells it out for us, but it's done in a way that makes sense for the story, specifically with Caden's nightmares. Letterer Matt Krotzer delivers some great work here, showing the rhyme in these big spooky letters that engulf Caden as he sleeps.

I love how the roles of Caden and Isaac move throughout House of Fear #7. There's a telling shot, illustrated by Jethro Morales where they're sitting next to each other and they have near identical facial expressions. Caden has finally felt what his victims have gone through and he hates it. There's a smugness to Isaac here, but you can see he's not really enjoying this. Again, this is a great message showing how bullying isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Colorist Josh Jensen does some great shadow work here too, making Isaac look a little scary as he gives Caden a knowing glance. The aforementioned nightmare scene is also a standout with moody shades of blue that create a haunting atmosphere. I also like how the walls get a yellow tinge to them mirroring Caden's upset stomach later in the issue.

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While “Rubber and Glue” is a solid tale in and of itself, House of Fear #7 also includes a bonus story called “The Trees Have Eyes” that really creeped me out. It features a father and his jerk of a son as they go for a walk through a forest of aspen trees. They have these dark marks on them that look like eyes. When you're not looking, they are literally eyes. Morales does some absolutely terrifying stuff here that really got under my skin.

House of Fear is a solid all-ages horror book and this issue is no different. It's just scary enough to excite young and old readers alike. This is an underserved audience and I hope we see many more issues exploring these kinds of stories.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover

Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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