Written by Matthew Sturges, writer of the Eisner-nominated JACK OF FABLES, and his JACK co-writer, FABLES creator Bill Willingham, HOUSE OF MYSTERY: Room and Boredom Vol. 1 (Vertigo | January 14, 2009 | 128pg. | Color | Softcover | $9.99 US | ISBN: 9781401220792), collecting issues #1-5, takes a classic DC Comics concept into the twenty-first century.
Everyone is a prisoner in one way or another, and Fig Keeleâ€”a feisty young architect who just happens to be running for her lifeâ€”is no exception. Unfortunately for Fig, she’s ended up in the House of Mystery, a strange place like something out of her nightmares.
Fig is one of five unfortunate characters trapped at the House, trying to solve the mystery of how and why they’re imprisoned there. Each one has a terrible past they’d like to forget, and with no books, newspapers or TV allowed, they face an eternity of boredom. However, the House contains a supernatural bar where an eclectic mix of visitors eat, drink, and repent for their sins. To cover their tabs, stories become the new currency, and amazingly enough, the House attracts only the finest storytellers.
In his U.S. debut, artist Luca Rossi has illustrated HOUSE OF MYSTERY in the classic Vertigo horror tradition. Each issue in the first storyline also includes a second featureâ€”a story told by one of the patronsâ€”written by Willingham and illustrated by a myriad of guest artists, including two-time Eisner Award nominee Ross Campbell (WATERBABY), SANDMAN fan favorite and multiple Eisner winner Jill Thompson and, Mike Allred, best known for his Harvey Award nominated MADMAN. This collection is enclosed in an ethereal cover from Sam Weber (The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Magazine).
â€œMagicâ€”properly understoodâ€”is metaphor. When it comes to magic, you see not what is, but who you are.â€ Come on in to the HOUSE OF MYSTERY.