James Tynion IV, creator of Something is Killing the Children and The Department of Truth, brings us a new DC branded comic that is a fresh, new take on the horror and apocalyptic comic genre.

Issue #2 variant cover art

The Plot

The Nice House on the Lake began releasing last year in June of 2021, but the first volume was compiled and published on March 1, 2022.

The story centers around Walter and his curated friend group. Walter invites people from different points in his life – high school, college, New York – to the nicest lake house any of them have ever seen for the weekend. The first night that everyone is there, the apocalypse happens.

Still from the comic showing a man at a piano explaining how bad the first night at the lake house was

People are tweeting about their skin sloughing off and their slow deaths for a few hours, but then everything is empty. No more news broadcasts, no more tweets, no more Earth inhabitants. The only people alive are the ones at the lake house.

visual breakdown of the characters and their symbols

Walter has given each of them a symbol that reflects who they are. When the cast of characters begins asking questions and trying to leave, they find out that Walter is not human and that he has selected them to live through the apocalypse, shielded from the death and destruction – because he cares for them.

Walter in the bathroom turning into an alien creature

The crew must figure out how to navigate the situation Walter has put them in and grow closer to each other as they learn who they are together as a group in the face of adversity. The group begins to find oddly shaped statues and another house on the property as well as a notebook that produces anything anyone writes down and requests. The story winds into a post-apocalyptic horror blend that leaves us aching for another volume.

The Verdict

With an unparalleled art style, Álvaro Martínez Bueno (the artist) and Jordie Bellaire (the colorist), BRING IT. The art is captivating and reflects the emotions of the characters placed in this apocalyptic predicament by Walter. The art and coloring is masterful and proves that in the comic world, all three – the writer, the artist, and the colorist – must come together with raw talent to create a kick-ass new series.

still from the comic showing a man standing in a breeze

I predict that this series takes off. The Nice House on the Lake has the potential to live up to graphic novels with a cult following, such as Saga or The Umbrella Academy. I can easily say that I will be following this comic until its end and I know that I feel this way just from one volume. There are few graphic novels that grip you the way that The Nice House on the Lake does. Pick it up today!

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Click the link below to get it for yourself! You can also buy digital issues here at DC Comics.

About the Author

Sarah Moon is a stone-cold sorceress from Tennessee whose interests include serial killers, horror fiction, and the newest dystopian blockbuster. Sarah holds an M.A. in English Literature and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing. She works as an English professor as well as a cemeterian. Sarah is most likely to cover horror in print including prose, poetry, and graphic forms.

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