The Nice House On The Lake #2
DC Black Label
Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Alvaro Martinez Bueno
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Andworld Design
The trick to any good suspense story is providing just enough detail to pique one’s interest while also keeping everyone guessing. The Nice House OnThe Lake #2 does that brilliantly.
Where The Nice House On The Lake #2 succeeds is with its intrigue. It’s not just its storytelling, along with the creative way in which it’s depicted. Using email screenshots, mysterious house logs and security camera images, James Tynion IV is able to create a greater element of suspense and mystery without giving anything away. This type of storytelling is both unique and unnerving — it creates more questions than answers.
“Overall, The Nice House On The Lake #2 does a great job at building suspense .“
Aside from the epic ending of the first issue, I’m most fascinated with the characters. More specifically, why were they chosen? The layers of mystery run deep. While we still don’t know much about the mysterious Walter, the same can be said for the 10 remaining survivors.
Once again, Alvaro Martinez Bueno’s art shines, along with Bellaire’s use of color, perfectly setting the tone for this issue. The facial expressions combined with all the various shades of blues and purples created a tremendous feeling of sadness and despair. Given the events that occur, the art elevates a great sense of unease. Combine that with the apocalyptic images introduced at the start of each book, The Nice House On The Lake is shaping up to be both a storytelling and a visual tour de force.
Overall, The Nice House On The Lake #2 does a great job at building suspense and advancing the story while still leaving you with questions. What Tynion has created, in just two issues, is one of the most compelling stories I have read in some time. I can’t wait to see how this story unfolds.