The Nice House On The Lake #6
What is it they say? Absence makes the heart grow fonder? Well we are about to find out how true that is. We’ll now have to wait six months for Nice House On The Lake to return, and I’ve got to say, it’s going to be hard — but maybe not as hard as I once thought.
Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Alvaro Martinez Bueno
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Andworld Design
There is no doubt Nice House On The Lake has been one of the better books to be released in 2021. However, with a known hiatus, Nice House On The Lake #6 may have been better served by ending with the cliffhanger the previous issue left us on. This isn’t to say Nice House On The Lake #6 wasn’t a great issue. It was very solid — it just didn’t leave me wanting more, as the prior issue had done.
“Where this story goes from here will no doubt be twisted and fascinating, and for that, I’m excited.”
What Nice House On The Lake does well — has always done well — is tell a story full of mystery and intrigue. However, part of charm of this series was the great unknown, and with Nice House On The Lake #6, some of that charm was lost. While questions needed to be answered, having them explained before taking a long break may have missed the intended mark.
Over the course of reviewing this series, I’ve talked a lot about James Tynion’s writing and Alvaro Martinez Bueno’s art. However, I have not spent nearly enough time talking about the brilliance of Jordie Bellaire’s color. Bellaire’s color palette adds yet another layer to the wonderful storytelling created by both Tynion and Bueno. Whether it’s the use of muted blues to help set a somber, foreboding tone or bright pastels that help spark moments of fleeting enthusiasm or hope, each panel is a masterpiece.
Overall, Nice House On The Lake #6 is a solid issue. However, it may have been better served as the issue coming back from hiatus, rather than being the one it leaves off on. Where this story goes from here will no doubt be twisted and fascinating, and for that, I’m excited. I just wish I didn’t have to wait so long.
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