House of Whispers #8 – Nalo Hopkinson, Dan Watters, Writers; Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Artists; Isaac Goodhart, Amancay Nahuelpan, Aneke, Finishes; John Rauch, Colorist
Ray – 8.5/10
Before getting into the substance of this week’s review, I have to note that my last issue’s review was blurbed on the cover of this month’s issue of House of Whispers! That’s a first for GeekDad and your reviewer. It’s a good thing I can once again praise this month’s issue, or I would feel guilty!
The title delivers again as it unfolds one of the most intriguing mysteries in the Sandman Universe line, weaving together a supernatural story of Gods and spirits with the true bloody history of slavery and racial oppression in New Orleans. As House of Whispers #8 begins, the trickster Shakpana has broken cannibal serial killer Hector out of prison, needing a human body to help him achieve his rapidly shifting goals. Their schemes take them to the notorious house of Madame LaLaurie, the serial killer and torturer known for her horrific acts towards the slaves she kept. It’s a chilling setting that racks up the sense of morbid tension in this issue.
Shakpana’s been an interesting character, not that dissimilar to Loki but given a unique edge thanks to his history. His journey to redemption this issue feels a tiny bit rushed but still delivers a powerful punch to end the issue.
I thought the other story was even stronger, though, as Mistress Erzule and her allies sail into the unknown with the help of the creepy Corinthian. This new version of the classic villain claims to be an ally, but with him, nothing can ever be trusted. As Mistress Erzulie seeks to free her husband from his captivity, their journey leads them to the literal web of Anansi. This ancient spider-god provides the issue’s best visuals, and it sets up a battle of stories between the players for the next issue.
The series has taken its time to get here, but the story is moving in a big way and there’s a lot of huge twists this issue. It continues the line’s impressive four-for-four quality streak.
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