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

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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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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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About the Author: James Tynion IV

James Tynion IV (born December 14, 1987) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his work on the Batman franchise at DC Comics.

Early life

James Tynion IV was born December 14, 1987, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School. While studying creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Tynion met and began studying under Scott Snyder, in the nascent years of his comic book writing career. Following school, he became an intern for the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, working under Editor Shelly Bond, among others.


After a few years working in advertising, Scott Snyder asked Tynion to co-write the back-up features for the New 52 relaunch of Batman, in the midst of the acclaimed “Night of the Owls” comic book storyline, starting with Batman #8. In this comic, he tied the Court of Owls mythology to Alfred Pennyworth’s father, Jarvis Pennyworth, working with noted American Vampire artist, Rafael Albuquerque. Tynion went on to co-write Batman Annual #1 with Snyder, for artist Jason Fabok, which reintroduced classic Batman villain Mr. Freeze into the present day continuity. Continuing on the back-up stories in the main Batman title, Tynion launched a spin-off of the Night of the Owls storyline with the ongoing comic series, Talon, which ran for 18 issues. Tynion followed up Talon with a brief stint on the title Red Hood and the Outlaws in which he re-introduced a number of members of The League of Assassins back into Batman continuity.

In 2013, Tynion paired with artist Jeremy Rock to co-create his first original comic series, The Eighth Seal, for Mark Waid‘s digital comic publisher Thrillbent. The series, an apocalyptic blend of political intrigue and body horror, was nominated for the 2013 Ghastly Award for Best Web Comic. Tynion followed up the series with an additional digital horror comic for Thrillbent, The House In The Wall, co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel and drawn by Eryk Donovan.

In 2014, Tynion launched his two biggest series to date. He was named as one of the head writers of Batman Eternal, a weekly Batman comic series designed to explore the full scope and cast of Gotham City. The series would bring classic Batman characters like Carmine Falcone, Hush, Vicki Vale, Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain and the original Azrael, Jean-Paul Valley, into the New 52 DC continuity. He also launched the original series The Woods, for BOOM! Studios, with artist Michael Dialynas, which proved to be the highest selling original series at that publisher since Mark Waid’s Irredeemable, with the first issue selling out on a distributor level. The series was given an unprecedented full series order, guaranteeing that it will run to its planned conclusion at issue #36. He followed up The Woods with a three-issue apocalyptic horror miniseries for BOOM! Studios, titled Memetic, which paired him with artist Eryk Donovan once again.

In 2015, Tynion was announced as one of the co-writers of the new Constantine: The Hellblazer series alongside Ming Doyle and artist Riley Rossmo, as a part of the DCYou publishing initiative at DC Comics. Tynion also was announced as the writer of the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover with DC and IDW Publishing, the first meeting between the two franchises. The series launched in December 2015 as DC Comics’ sixth best selling title for the entire year. He also launched two new creator owned series through Boom! Studios, UFOlogy, co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel with art by Matt Fox, and Cognetic, the spiritual sequel to Memetic with artist Eryk Donovan.

At Wondercon in 2016, James Tynion IV was announced as the writer of the biweekly Detective Comics for DC’s Rebirth initiative. The new series launched in June of that year with the classic numbering restored starting with issue #934, and featured Batman and Batwoman as co-leads alongside an initial team of Red Robin, Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface.

Tynion has worked on a number of additional titles for DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing, and Thrillbent. Tynion became the new writer for Batman as of (vol. 3) #86.

In September 2020, DC Comics announced that Tynion would be among the creators of a revived Batman: Black and White anthology series to debut on December 8, 2020.

Personal life

James Tynion IV is openly bisexual.

[Latest Update: May 28, 2022]