Writer: Alvaro Martinez Bueno | Artist: James Tynion IV | Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

What’s it about?

Sam, Molly, Ronnie, Ricky, and the other survivors are coping with the end of the world and their lake house imprisonment in very different ways.

Is the lake house the perfect vacation spot to ride out eternity, with unlimited eggs for breakfast and every movie you could imagine in your own private theater, or is the lake house a cage and are its inhabitants playing some sort of weird game designed and implemented by Walter? The mysterious statues that surround the lake house are explored further in this issue while raising more questions as to their purpose.

The Good

Last issue gave us a better idea of how big the house is and what rooms exist within it. This issue gives us a slightly better understanding of how far and wide the property surrounding the lake house goes. We’re starting to see a clear distinction among the survivors between those who can accept the lake house and those who can’t.

I find that fascinating. How much of their acceptance is free will versus what Walter wants them to think? Once again the stylized art and page layouts are absurdly clever and engaging.

The Bad

Three issues in and we have more questions that need to be answered and hardly any that were answered. I have no doubt that this super team will be able to piece this puzzle together but I hope it isn’t rushed. I’m desperate to see the events through Walter’s eye; to know what he knows. Some readers who are looking for a more traditional narrator or main protagonist might be put off by the rotation of both from issue to issue. I see it as a clever way to tell the story through the lens of the different characters but others may be turned off by it.

SCORE: 9.0

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