The Dollhouse Family Graphic Novel Review.

Published by Hill House Comics, under DC Comics. Written by M.R. Carey. Illustrated by Peter Gross. Inks by Vince Locke.

(A review copy was provided by NetGalley.)

I had no idea what to expect from a haunted doll house story. Bunch of toys. What kind of damage could they do to a full grown adult? Thankfully I couldn’t have been more wrong because the twists and turns in this book grew into a too terrified to turn the page conclusion.

A dollhouse appears for young Alice. Over years the dollhouse calls to her, and to say nothing good comes of the house’s desires is an understatement. Throughout the graphic novel a history of the house and powerful forces behind it is revealed.

The older I get the more I believe certain places are just cursed. The Dollhouse Family shows an origin for such an idea and follows it from beginning to end. I enjoyed the time travel and the origins sprinkled in between the main story of Alice. The entity behind the house is the biggest horror of the book but is also so powerful it inspires smaller horrors within its gravitational pull.

Alice is such a great protagonist because I cared about her life. In any horror story the audience wants the main character to survive at the end but it has been years since one made me scream and beg for her safety. The evil is so strong I reluctantly accepted that the story will not have a happy ending but if it can end for the safety of others – that’s okay. A tale like this should never be spoiled but I’ll say I was excited by an ending I never saw coming.

One comment

  1. I have read all five of the Hill House graphic novels now, and this one was tied for last place (even though as a whole I liked all of them, but the last Plunge was the best). It reminded me a bit of Coraline but then we find out what the dollhouse was made of!

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