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The Nice House on the Lake #9 (of 12)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 9 critic ratings.

All Arturo wants is for his partner, Sam, to be happy-so why isn’t he? What is scratching at the edge of Sam’s memories that keeps him restless and unsatisfied? As a journalist, nothing can keep Sam from the truth-no matter what that truth could cost the man he loves…

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27 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Graphic Policy

    We’re closing in on the end, which means the comic’s central mystery is running out of places to hide. Very soon, things will have to come out into the light. Fortunately for us readers, the process has been nothing short of spectacular, even though it’s getting harder and harder to wait for the remaining issues to drop.

  • 100

    DC Comics News

    Do not sleep on this series just because of the title. Shout about it, spread the joy and the terror. Neither you nor any new reader you bring to the fold will regret it.

  • 98

    Comics Bookcase

    The Nice House on the Lake #9 is another masterful issue for what is one of the best monthly comics on the shelves. The plot is moving quickly and the artwork is fantastic.

  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This issue is one of the more laid-back of the run so far, with few scare moments or shocking twists. But it’s all the more impressive that it’s never anything but completely compelling.

  • 95


    Tynion expertly keeps the reader guessing as to how this will conclude, and Martinez Bueno consistently provides some outstanding contrasting art styles month in month out. DC’s best book bar none.

  • 94

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: James Tynion IV continues to create a beautifully layered and tension filled story in this issue. I continue to be enraptured by the premise of the series as well as how the story is structured with the opening scenes being the aftermath of horror and the story being the steps on how the characters got there. It’s a mystery that continues to keep me engaged with every issue.

    The Art: Alvaro Martinez Bueno blows me away with the visuals in this issue. The style is beautifully complex and gorgeously detailed.

  • 85


    The Nice House on the Lake #9 continues to entice its readers with danger and impending doom. Our heroes are slowly discovering things are far too weird to be taken literally and Walter is losing his control. Like a powder keg it’s deliciously building towards utter chaos and you won’t want to look away.

  • 80

    The opening sequences in The Nice House On the Lake have always been unsettling with their blood-red color schemes and apocalyptic aesthetics, but the opening pages of issue #9 which center, perhaps, the most gentle member of the cast in a charnel house somehow heightens expectations for the series’ endgame even more. It’s a disturbing element of violence that foreshadows one of the revelations made at the end of this issue. Between these moments, the slow burn of these individuals reevaluating and rediscovering their trap continues apace with small changes suggesting something much more radical is on its way. With only three issues remaining, it’s clear the series is approaching a moment of no return despite the endless resources and seemingly immortal forms. Whatever form that moment takes, The Nice House On the Lake #9 assures readers it will have been worth the wait.

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