The Nice House on the Lake #8
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Alvaro Martinez Bueno
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Andworld Design
The Rundown: Walter’s control over the group faces more challenges as Norah gives him some brutal truth.
Sarah thinks back on her relationship with Walter and the clues she missed that have led her to where she is now. As she tries to stay alive, she remembers that there was something strange about behavior she thought she could predict from him and how someone that ended up at the house with them was someone she didn’t expect. As a forgotten member of the group watches them behind glass, Walter and the others discuss their situation and what they can do to improve it. As the group leaves the area, Walter stays behind.
Later he tries to steer his friends away from discussing a way out by talking about what they need to survive. When Sarah decides to get some air, Walter follows and Sarah tells him some truth that flies in the face of his plans. Truth that forces him to speak to the one person he can’t seem to fool in his manufactured paradise. A person who decides to shatter his illusion of control. A person who might be discovered by an unlikely person.
The Story: James Tynion IV delivers some great tension in this story. Sarah’s perspective on Walter is great character development and the reader can see how the seeds for their current predicament were planted in their relationships with him. I love all of the mystery elements in the plot and how Walter’s control over the situation and the people in it continues to wane based on their personalities and relationship to him and each other. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
The Art: Alvaro Martinez Bueno crafts some brilliantly detailed and stylized art throughout the issue. The world of this story benefits beautifully from Martinez Bueno’s style as the dark, noir qualities of the story come to life on the page.