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"House of Fear: Teeth" 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
Inked by Mike Erandio
Colored by Josh Jensen
Lettered by Matt Krotzer
2018, 33 Pages

Review:

Imagine explaining something like the Tooth Fairy to an alien species. Our first set of teeth fall out of our mouths, then we put them under our pillow when we go to sleep so a fairy can come and take them away, leaving money in return. What is the Tooth Fairy doing with all those teeth anyway? Well, writer James Powell has a few creepy ideas in the latest House of Fear comic, aptly titled, Teeth.

The book starts out innocently enough, as two kids bicker as only siblings can do. Levi thinks he's going to get five bucks for his first tooth and Mylie scoffs at that. She barely got a dollar for her teeth. She decides to play a prank on him by stealing his tooth but the Tooth Fairy finds it and wants more.

The Tooth Fairy in this comic is more than a little creepy. Although House of Fear is intended for all-ages, artist Jethro Morales' design for this monster pushes the limits just a bit. Picture an old, decrepit Tinkerbell. Her wings are broken and torn. Her once beautiful dress is in tatters. Her skin sags and her fingernails have grown into unsettling claws. This is the creature that visits young Mylie in the night.

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Mike Erandio's inks make the Tooth Fairy look like she was ripped out of a classic EC comic. The wrinkles in her drooping skin really stand out. Although this story takes place during the cool blues of the evening, the Tooth Fairy looks just as villainous as she would in full light. Colorist Josh Jensen makes her appear so very menacing during a time that is otherwise somber and peaceful. Your mind fills in the blanks as to the true nature of her appearance.

Everything about the Tooth Fairy is disturbing, even her speech. Letterer Matt Krotzer uses jaggedly shaped word balloons filled with a rough font. This implies a more intimidating and scary tone than the other characters in the comic.

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This is just part of the terror that House of Fear: Teeth brings. Sure, the monster is frightening, but it plays with things that speak to both children and adults. For example, Mylie knows the truth, but her parents won't believe her. Later on, some of her permanent teeth fall out while her eyes are wide with shock.

House of Fear is tailor-made for fans of Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? It fits in that same vein, delivering scares for horror fans, young and old. This one is definitely a little scarier than those that came before it so maybe work your way up to it. It easily gets the prize for creepiest Tooth Fairy ever and that includes that weird movie starring The Rock.

James Powell is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for the print release of House of Fear: Teeth.

Grades:

Story: Fourandahalfstars House Of Fear Teeth Cover
Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars

About The Author
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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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