"House of Waxwork #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Waxwork Comics
Written by Thomas Crowell
Illustrated by Dennis Calero and Steve Ellis
Lettered by Matt Krotzer and Patrick Brosseau
2018, 36 Pages
Comic released on November 28th, 2018
House of Waxwork has returned with another pair of spooky tales, this time with a new host. The De-Composer is on hand to introduce these short stories while conducting an orchestra of the undead. As far as hosts go, I like his swagger. He's a little more firm than some others I've seen.
This volume collects two new stories, both written by Thomas Crowell. The first, “Sushi of the Gods”, is the standout. It follows an up-and-coming chef who begins fishing in the sacred waters for his restaurant only to find out that his newfound success has some dread consequences.
“Sushi of the Gods” moves at a brisk pace as you watch the chef go deeper and deeper down this rabbit hole...or fish hole? Anyway, he gets so wrapped up in the fame and fortune that he never stops to think of the price he might have to pay for it. When you have all these Instagram followers, who cares, right?
Artist Dennis Calero subtly moves us from the normal to the supernatural. When the story starts out, there's an air of mystery as you can understand there's something unusual about the supply chain. As we get farther along, the shadows start to rise nearby, creating a dark sense of foreboding. By the time we get to the end of the story, you can't look away as the terror has you in its grasp. Oh, and then there are the tentacles. So many tentacles.
The other story, “Necropants”, is more on the humorous side, following a roadie who becomes a metal band front man after donning a pair of demonic flesh pants. Yeah, it's more than a little weird, but you can almost see it floating around as a rumor about various rock groups.
Steve Ellis brings a healthy batch of comedy to the tale, especially when the dancing begins. When he's wearing the pants, this guy is like a man possessed, floating gracefully around the stage. He's popping all over the place, like a ballet dancer with high kicks and spins. Of course, this fame comes with a price and it's a bloody one.
The anthology is a pillar in the history of horror comics and House of Waxwork definitely adds to that long lineage. With only two stories, plus book end scenes with the De-Composer, it allows the creators a little more room than the average collection to flesh things out.