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‘The Dollhouse Family #1’ (review)

Written by M. R. Carey
Art by Peter Gross and Vince Locke
Published by DC Comics


I had no idea what to expect as I peeled open my copy of this book. I am not the biggest fan of Joe Hill (sacrilege I know) and most of his stuff leaves me cold. This did boast a really good creative team so I was interested to see what they came up with.

So, it was with hesitation that I cracked open this book.

And how was it?

Well, it wasn’t bad. I did find it a bit slow to start. The opening scene shows a strange entity coming from the sky and landing on Earth. It is an intriguing way to begin a book. Then, we cut over to a family 1979 England.

This is where we are introduced to our main character.

What I really appreciated about this, is that Carey gets right to the plot. No wasting time here.

A little girl named Alice gets a mysterious dollhouse as a gift from her aunt. Her parents are baffled about this gift. But they let her have it of course. It is her 16th birthday after all! This is where everything gets started.

Soon, Alice finds herself able to be transported into the dollhouse. This is where the book is at it’s best. The creators make up a completely wonderful array of characters. It is well handled for the most part. She meets a family in there and everyone is overly friendly. But even with some interesting characters, it does get to be a tad dull to be completely honest.

From there, trouble is just around the corner. Alice goes to visit the black room in this dollhouse. The room itself has an offer. It leads to some dark things. I was pretty bored by this point and then the last page just grabbed me. It is a cliffhanger for sure but man, what a cliffhanger.

I will probably stay and read the next issue when it comes out.  The art by Gross and Locke certainly is a reason to stick around. The last page really got me though. Let’s see what happens.



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