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Fig learns why the Pair of Conception chased her into the House of Mystery. Collecting: House of Mystery 31-35, Halloween Annual 2


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Fig learns why the Pair of Conception chased her into the House of Mystery. Collecting: House of Mystery 31-35, Halloween Annual 2

30 review for House of Mystery, Volume 7: Conception

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    I want to like this weird series more, but it's either less weird than I want, less coherent in story, or it's just not digging into my psyche. That's not to say it isn't pretty damn creative, because it is. But it seems to be strange without the coherency that I've grown to love in, say, Sandman, with deep themes that can be dug up with a bit of effort on the part of the reader. Just having a main character that calls not only the superego and id into being just by believing it or having wars in I want to like this weird series more, but it's either less weird than I want, less coherent in story, or it's just not digging into my psyche. That's not to say it isn't pretty damn creative, because it is. But it seems to be strange without the coherency that I've grown to love in, say, Sandman, with deep themes that can be dug up with a bit of effort on the part of the reader. Just having a main character that calls not only the superego and id into being just by believing it or having wars in the Summer land or having living and walking stories build subplots that are kinda blah is not a substitute for a missing thread to tie them all together. Conception, indeed. I hate to say this, but this one *might* be too abstract. So abstract that I don't care. That's a big ouch in my book, because I *love* abstractions, damnit!

  2. 5 out of 5

    colleen the convivial curmudgeon

    This was definitely an improvement over #6. We got to see a lot of Fig's backstory and history, and I loved watching Cain following her around and commenting on said history. I'll be interested to see how things go. The various characters are, seemingly, going their separate ways, and we're left with the words "things are about to get weird" - which is promising/terrifying for a series which has been weird and jumbled from the beginning. And, speaking of weird, wtf was up with the Conception twin This was definitely an improvement over #6. We got to see a lot of Fig's backstory and history, and I loved watching Cain following her around and commenting on said history. I'll be interested to see how things go. The various characters are, seemingly, going their separate ways, and we're left with the words "things are about to get weird" - which is promising/terrifying for a series which has been weird and jumbled from the beginning. And, speaking of weird, wtf was up with the Conception twins (view spoiler)[going rogue like that (hide spoiler)] ? After a few lackluster installments, I'm once again hopeful for the direction of the series. ETA: The Halloween bit after the story wasn't as good as last years, but it was interesting to see the sort of tie-in with this series and Constantine, Lucifer, etc.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Lohr

    *This review can also be found on my blog, The Never-Ending TBR Pile. Love. Self-discovery. Lies. This volume was a bit of a mind-blower as more answers were obtained. In an effort to escape her end of the bargain with the Conception, Fig takes the entire House of Mystery, minus it's long-term residents, and disappears on a journey of self-discovery. Unfortunately, Cain didn't get the message to evacuate the house when everyone else did, so he has the privilege/misfortune to accompany Fig on her a *This review can also be found on my blog, The Never-Ending TBR Pile. Love. Self-discovery. Lies. This volume was a bit of a mind-blower as more answers were obtained. In an effort to escape her end of the bargain with the Conception, Fig takes the entire House of Mystery, minus it's long-term residents, and disappears on a journey of self-discovery. Unfortunately, Cain didn't get the message to evacuate the house when everyone else did, so he has the privilege/misfortune to accompany Fig on her answer-seeking quest. While the others attempt to entertain themselves as well as entertain the notion that they may not be magically tied to the house anymore, Fig tries to understand how all of this came to be and where she fits into the grand scheme of things. And as answers slowly bubble to the surface, she doesn't necessarily like what she's finding. The artwork has shifted in style slightly for this volume, but it still portrays the emotions and journeys well that each character has. And bonus... a Halloween story line centering around four cursed trick-or-treaters traveling through different times and places is included. I'm not sure yet how Fig is going to resolve the dilemma she now faces at the end of this volume. But I've got the last volume in hand and will read on so I can finally see how all of this is going to end. I'm hoping it's as twisty and unexpected as this whole series has been so far and I'm looking forward to escaping one last time into this unique and fascinating world! Well, until I decide to read it all over again!

  4. 4 out of 5

    nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)

    A lot of stuff getting explored in this one or just in the past volumes. Got to say that I'm liking it. This one however it seems it was all over the place, one too many characters. But I did like the one page recap of explaining who the main characters we know or are to look out for are. So thank you for that. And well, different stories going on, and I did like the back story concerning Fig and of course Cain being his usual self and his commentary. Need that balance you know? Looks like one m A lot of stuff getting explored in this one or just in the past volumes. Got to say that I'm liking it. This one however it seems it was all over the place, one too many characters. But I did like the one page recap of explaining who the main characters we know or are to look out for are. So thank you for that. And well, different stories going on, and I did like the back story concerning Fig and of course Cain being his usual self and his commentary. Need that balance you know? Looks like one more volume left in the series? Going to miss this weird, weird creepy and well weird series. I like it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    At this point I've almost entirely lost the thread of the overarching plot, but there are some lovely lines along the way ("Remember, books are not food. Sometimes customers try to eat them because they look like sandwiches"), and the short stories within the story include extra slices of Hellblazer, Lucifer and iZombie by the appropriate creative teams. Have I mentioned before how I miss proper John Constantine? I have, haven't I?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Definitely not my favorite volume in this series. Frankly, I thought the side stories a bit lame, as was the overarching theme. I am also weary of the constantly changing artistic styles. Gaiman did this a lot. It starts to give me a headache. I am wondering if this series hasn't run its course and needs to end on a bang.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janet Jay

    Still love the premise, am having more trouble seeing where this all goes

  8. 5 out of 5

    Micah

    I really liked it and recommend it for writers at all levels.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matt Sautman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A meditation upon the creative process, Vol. 7 of House of Mystery should be read not as much as a nonlinear narrative, although it is that, but as a meditation on the creative process of telling stories, how the characters we write come to life outside ourselves, and how the control we have over those characters ceases once those conceptions are brought into the public sphere. The characters within this volume struggle to find their stories, either out of design to claim their own narratives or A meditation upon the creative process, Vol. 7 of House of Mystery should be read not as much as a nonlinear narrative, although it is that, but as a meditation on the creative process of telling stories, how the characters we write come to life outside ourselves, and how the control we have over those characters ceases once those conceptions are brought into the public sphere. The characters within this volume struggle to find their stories, either out of design to claim their own narratives or refusal to obey the narratives they've been assigned. The Halloween segment included within this volume does this less so, but it continues the theme of characters out of place from their story through a series of crossovers that illustrate the ultimate power of the author. Despite all the characters' journeys, despite the visions of lives they could have lived, or places they could have traveled to, it is beyond their control to go anywhere the author does not deign as so. Fig shows this within her main narrative as well, and it is much more brilliantly executed within this section, but the conception goes beyond Fig's story. Barthes may have proclaimed the Death of the Author, but so long as there exists a story, something or someone ties all the narrative's threads together. That may be Fig, or, as Lucas the sociopath tells us in the 4th wall break towards the end, that thread bearer is the reader, the person whom the author brings about the creation for. Every crime, every violent act committed in the text, while it may be born from trauma (as is the case with Fig) or a desire to encapsulate reality, is done for the entertainment of the reader. Vol. 7 recognizes this and wears it on its metaphorical sleeve, asking its reader to do more than be entertained but to think what does it mean to tell a story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Meran

    This volume begins to answer some of the mystery of the House, its origins, its reason for being, as well as those of Fig herself. Yes, the storyline has strayed a bit from the original first stories of the House, but I still like the series. There's less of the Cain and Able part, which I always enjoyed quite a lot, but I believe that mythos was begun and probably continued by other writers. Matthew Sturges has a different view on the House of Mystery; like the previous writers, he's exploring This volume begins to answer some of the mystery of the House, its origins, its reason for being, as well as those of Fig herself. Yes, the storyline has strayed a bit from the original first stories of the House, but I still like the series. There's less of the Cain and Able part, which I always enjoyed quite a lot, but I believe that mythos was begun and probably continued by other writers. Matthew Sturges has a different view on the House of Mystery; like the previous writers, he's exploring his own psyche to present his version. I didn't read the monthlies on this series, but in reading this volume, I could tell the series was ending. I would have preferred another writer take over, rather than seeing it end. Maybe it'll be revived at some later date, as other comics have been. If so, I'll gladly read the new series!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    I know Matthew Sturges and company had said they decided the series had hit the end. Yet, much like life the end is not all tied up neatly in a bow. Many, if not most, of the characters we have come to know over the course of seven volumes remain, and one literally is, adrift as sea. Perhaps, metaphorically speaking the series ended much like life. It just ends. Its over. A little messy, some things concluded, and some wondering what more you could have done. I do like Fig, and the house's quirk I know Matthew Sturges and company had said they decided the series had hit the end. Yet, much like life the end is not all tied up neatly in a bow. Many, if not most, of the characters we have come to know over the course of seven volumes remain, and one literally is, adrift as sea. Perhaps, metaphorically speaking the series ended much like life. It just ends. Its over. A little messy, some things concluded, and some wondering what more you could have done. I do like Fig, and the house's quirky inhabitants. The tag on vignettes at the end of the volume were very much meh. There were from a Halloween special, but all told were unremarkable for the most part. Especially coming after the end of the main series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    S.M.M. Lindström

    The introduction of _yet another_ very central character this late in the series made the series go down one star for me. That, along with the "big reveal" (that I think a lot of people saw coming around vol.3), made this volume feel jumbled. Characters run left and right and do things that sometimes have consequences and sometimes don't, and there seems to be no real logic to which action will have influence and which won't. (view spoiler)[Though technically it's all meaningless because we all The introduction of _yet another_ very central character this late in the series made the series go down one star for me. That, along with the "big reveal" (that I think a lot of people saw coming around vol.3), made this volume feel jumbled. Characters run left and right and do things that sometimes have consequences and sometimes don't, and there seems to be no real logic to which action will have influence and which won't. (view spoiler)[Though technically it's all meaningless because we all know the main character will re-set everything in the end... (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Astrid Terese

    House of Mystery er en tegneserie i 8 deler som handler om Fig (en jente). Hun er fanget i House of Mystery sammen med en gruppe andre både rare og flotte karakterer. Utover i serien inkluderer de andre hennes oldefar, far og halvbror. Det er en bar i første etasje og hvis du forteller en god historie får du drikke gratis hele kvelden. Slik at denne tegneserien er delt mellom hovedhistorien og de historiene folk forteller. Noen klarer å gå ut og inn av huset slik at det er nye gjester innimellom House of Mystery er en tegneserie i 8 deler som handler om Fig (en jente). Hun er fanget i House of Mystery sammen med en gruppe andre både rare og flotte karakterer. Utover i serien inkluderer de andre hennes oldefar, far og halvbror. Det er en bar i første etasje og hvis du forteller en god historie får du drikke gratis hele kvelden. Slik at denne tegneserien er delt mellom hovedhistorien og de historiene folk forteller. Noen klarer å gå ut og inn av huset slik at det er nye gjester innimellom. Men hvorfor og hvordan vil ta alt for lang tid å forklare!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Rosen

    Going into this, I thought it was the final volume -- which made the non-ending rather confusing. Turns out volume 8 is still to come. Not the best volume of the series, by any means, and while the Halloween stories at the end are cute enough, they felt out of place and only tangentially related to the series itself.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Learned more about the Conception in this volume of the series. Harry and Fig come close to their big reunion - but not without consequences. And, Jordan tells another story . . . and, seriously, Jordan's stories should be turned into a spin-off because they never fail to make me laugh. Straightforward horror stuff - nothing amazing, but not terrible either. I'll keep reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aldi

    I was going to give it five stars for the cool meta/introspective Buffy-esque mental health stuff, but then the crappy manipulative "this is where it gets weird" sidebar yanked it down to three stars and only the Gaudium cameo hitched it back up to four. The most schizophrenic volume so far, but also one of my favourites.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Overall, this volume was one of the weaker ones and a little confusing to me. I could be the fact it took me a while to read since the last volume. The story is 3 stars, but I liked some of the artwork and the Halloween story was fun, so it gets a 4 star review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    Finally finished up the House of Mystery, reading volumes 6, 7, and 8 over the last week (about two years after reading the first five). Didn’t enjoy the whole Summerland/Thinking Man bit as much, but the rest was a rollicking finish to the series, bravo!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    As with many of the other volumes, the core story here is pretty decompressed due to the substories within and the story ends right in the middle, but this is nonetheless an enjoyable continuation of the House's story that is clearly moving toward conclusion. The Annual at the end was only so-so.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Muuuuuuch better. The story moves along at a nice clip, characters seem to regain their personality, and even the short stories seem to have a little more vim to them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    reqbat

    a whole lot of nothing. they need to get on with the story or quit publishing. not worth the time OR the money. it's too bad because it started of so strongly.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Not great, House of Mystery has been getting more obscure with every issue. I didn't find this book made much sense.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    No me gustó como terminó, no queda claro si lo cerró y las razones para cerrarlo parecen flojas y ambiguas.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    It would have been three stars, but the mini stories at the back were just too fun. Solidly good series that just keeps chugging along.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Guh. This series started out really strong, but it seriously lost steam towards the end; they probably should have just ended it after volume 3. :(

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie

    This series has gotten increasingly non-sensical as it has gone on, to the point of not wanting to continue reading... But I will, because I'm too close to the end not to just finish it off!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole *{Lady Aribeth}*

  28. 5 out of 5

    Guðmundur Arnarson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Grecyl Baacio

  30. 4 out of 5

    Greg Alderson

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