THE HOUSE OF DAEMON

PrintE-mail Written by Joel Harley

Wealthy builder Elliot Aldrich had constructed a dream house for his wife Cassandra. But on the day they moved in, the dream turned into a nightmare!


To say much more would be to spoil a ripping yarn from John Wagner and Alan Grant, collected here in a beautiful perfect-bound edition from Hibernia. Smart, snappy writing from two of comics' all-time greats isn't all you get though – no, the art is provided by the late, great Jose Ortiz, who backs up the story with some truly beautiful artwork, more than rising to the challenge of illustrating Wagner and Grant's craziest ideas.

The House of Daemon straddles genres throughout its surprisingly lengthy tale, starting off as a haunted house poltergeist story before running off on a little Lovecraftian adventure and pausing for a number of explosive war sequences in the same fashion as the old WWII comics you'd usually find cluttering the attic or your dad's book collection. This is all presented with the trademark Wagner and Grant sense of humour, reading like a particularly eccentric 2000AD strip crossed with an old (much longer) EC horror comic.

The characters are well-formed and distinctive – strong archetypes thrown into the thick of it without giving us much time to get to know them. With all they face at the hands of the titular Daemon, it's hard not to sympathise. Giant worms, annoying Orc-type kidnappers, bleeding taps and the constant threat of death (alright, we said we wouldn't spoil it, but the story has been knocking about since the ‘80s); it's non-stop, but the gigantic splash pages and Ortiz's smart use of space and scale gives it all the room it needs to breathe. And it needs a lot.

A magnificent re-release from some of comics' most esteemed talent, The House of Daemon was, and remains to this day, one of the best-looking horror comics of all time.

THE HOUSE OF DAEMON / WRITER: ALAN GRANT, JOHN WAGNER / ARTIST: JOSE ORTIZ / PUBLISHER: HIBERNIA / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW


Suggested Articles:
In this penultimate issue of the relentlessly bleak horror series, dead serial killer Matt reaches t
After spending years navigating a world drowned by rising sea levels, drifting sailor Charlie though
2000AD has always had an interesting approach to comedy. The world famous anthology comic rarely rea
Showtime is the story of a magician told by a journalist and relayed by a rodent. Not only is the co
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Comic Book Reviews

CITY OF LOST SOULS #5 21 September 2017

BOAT VOLUME 3: BLOOD IN THE WATER 20 September 2017

SURVIVAL GEEKS 12 September 2017

SHOWTIME 12 September 2017

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: THE MASTER RACE 01 September 2017

VIETNAM ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST #4 31 August 2017

GRIFF GRISTLE: THE SIREN’S SONG 28 August 2017

WONDER WOMAN VOL. 3: THE TRUTH 23 August 2017

THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T REMEMBER #1 17 August 2017

SALTIRE: LEGEND ETERNAL #2 01 August 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner