Something feels a bit off with this month’s House of Whispers. I wish I was able to define what that was. A second writer, Dan Watters, joins Nalo Hopkinson. Perhaps that is why this feels different.
The story also makes reference to ongoing events taking place in The Dreaming, with Judge Gallows in charge. The Judge doesn’t appear here, but a familiarity with the character is sort of needed to understand why the residents of the Dreaming are not very happy.
Thankfully, whatever small issues I had with the writing of this month’s story, the art smooths it all over. I particularly love the “cabin of mutilations” page, and the “merry-go-round of infection” page towards the end of the issue. The former takes place in the Dreaming, and the latter in the real world. Stanton is very good with both realities. I admit to preferring the pages in the Dreaming, but then, those are bound to be more dynamic, simply because of the location.
I also enjoy how she alters the appearance of Maitresse Erzulie in this one, a change that corresponds to other events taking place.
Make no mistake, just because I didn’t enjoy this one quite so much as earlier issues does not mean there is anything wrong with the book. The story is still engaging and mysterious, and I continue to look forward to the next issue.
I do, however, think there needs to be some resolution coming soon. Not to everything, but some sense of completion and moving forward, at least for part of the plot.
But I trust this book, and am willing to take the journey that Hopkinson and Stanton are taking me on.