The third issue of House of Whispers is a bit of a step down. That’s not entirely surprising, it’s all but impossible to sustain such a high level of storytelling right at the top of the tale. If anything, this one reads more like a typical second issue, more devoted to developing the characters, storylines and themes.
Maitresse Erzulie spends much of the issue waiting for her house to be fixed. She winds up having to deal with an angry alligator and a different facet of herself. And back in New Orleans, the ghost girls are finding being dead is pretty boring.
That’s about it for storyline. But what truly carries this book is not the basic plot, but the detail and dialogue. I find myself consistently captivated by this voodoo world, which I know very little about. House of Whispers is, among its other qualities, very informative about the culture and religion that are in the focus.
Dominike Stanton shows a lot of skill with the art. The scenes that take place in the Dreaming are wild and almost cartoony, while the scenes in New Orleans are gritty and realistic. And yet, when the book moves from one location to the other, the effect is not jarring. Stanton has found a way to harmonize the different realities that the book examines.
So while not on par with the first two issues, this issue is still rewarding and entertaining.