The Nice House on the Lake #7

DC Comics

Written by James Tynion IV

Art by Alvaro Martinez Bueno

Colors by Jordie Bellaire

Letters by Andworld Design

The Rundown: Walter decides to take a more active role in keeping his friends safe, but not all of them are happy with his decision.

Molly picks up the story and talks about her relationship with Walter and how the two of them ended up as peacemakers for their friends Ronnie and Norah. A task Walter seemed to think was vitally important. After making sure their friends are back on track together, Molly gets a strange phone call from Walter, but it’s too late for her to give him what she thinks he wants. In the present, Walter visits Molly and invites her downstairs where Sarah is still at work trying to decipher everything they have discovered.

As the group debates on next steps, Walter takes the lead in throwing out ideas on how they can all work together. In-between these moments of levity and friendship, the truth of what Walter is and has done continues to have an effect. Especially on the one person in the group who can still see things clearly. The person Walter decides to come visit in the middle of night. A person who knows Walter is manipulating his friends and hiding the truth from them. A person who Walter needs to help him.

The Story: This entire issue is profoundly scary on many levels. The moments of isolation are disturbing. Walter’s manipulation of his friends was bad enough, but altering their behaviors on the fly is a scary prospect that James Tynion IV brings out brilliantly in ways that disturb and challenge the reader. The story is dark, intriguing and compelling. I continue to be immersed in the world of this story and the people that inhabit it.

The Art: Alvaro Martinez Bueno delivers some beautiful imagery throughout the issue. The story has some dark and disturbing elements to it and the art does a brilliant job of bringing that darkness to vivid life on the page.

The Nice House on the Lake #7

9.6

9.6/10

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