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House of Mystery, Vol. 3: The Space Between (House of Mystery #3)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  920 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Matthew Sturges, writer of the Eisner-nominated JACK OF FABLES, and his JACK co-writer Bill Willingham, the creator of FABLES, continue unlocking the doors to the HOUSE OF MYSTERY, the graphic novel series that reinvents the classic DC Comics concept. This newest volume features Sex, suspicions and treachery as the characters trapped in a supernatural bar inch finally disc ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Vertigo (first published 2010)
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
This was a thin book, both in terms of size and development. It didn't help that I didn't remember much from the last installment, so I felt like I was playing catch-up. I do look forward to being able to go back and read the series through, once it's completed.

In the past I never minded the vignettes. I felt they added character and personality to a sort of standard story. And some of them were rather lush, in either fantasy or horror.

This installment didn't have much horror, which is ok, but I
Dec 04, 2013 Ryan rated it 3 of 5 stars
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What a disappointment. I really hoped this would be fun. But unfortunately, there just wasn't enough character development. I know that expression seems a bit overused when describing the mass of most comics published nowadays, but it is definitely fitting here. A great illustration of my point is found in the last short story in this volume. It was done as kind of a joke, but they must not have seen the irony contained within "Jordan's Idea with Gorillas and Shit". The piece is funny. In it, on ...more
Orrin Grey
As usual, there's a lot of stuff to like in this volume of the House of Mystery, but all the same complaints that I've leveled at the previous two volumes are still in effect here. The Space Between explains some stuff, but not in any way that really makes me care about what's going on. I still feel like an outsider on the whole House of Mystery thing, and I don't guess that's likely to change.

The art's still pretty good, and this volume does feature their special thirteenth issue, with stuff li
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Sadly, I like this series less with each book. I am not giving up on it yet, but I'm getting icky feels that leave me disenchanted. I have to be honest and say I don't really get the kernel of thought behind the story. I feel like it's out of reach of me and I don't think the expected revelation is coming as I read. I feel like my chain is being tugged, and I hate being manipulated.

I feel that it teeters on the edge of being the kind of horror that doesn't appeal to me. Stories with darkness tha
Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)
The star issue (for me) in this volume would probably have to be the final issue (15).

It had ninja gorillas, or ninjorillas, if you would, in it.

As far as I'm concerned that's worth 4 stars right there.

There is also a story in this volume brought to us by Eric Powell which is always a treat.

Oh yeah... And dragons and dinosaur wizards (once again Jordans story, or in this case his movie idea) steals the spotlight!

Hell of a lot of fun! I'd probably actually give this one a 4 and a half if I co
All right, I guess this series is pretty much done for me. Gone is any sort of organic, natural buildup and mystery development. Everything just flies forward by leaps and bounds in this volume, explaining away anything that made the House interesting in the first place, replacing it with dumb crap about alternate universes and a species of people that live "between worlds" or some shit. It is amazing how much promise has been completely jettisoned by Sturges here.

For one, he NEVER explains who
I couldn't really get into this, I don't know whether it is because it is the third volume (which I didn't realise when I got it out of the library) or whether it's just not my thing but neither the story nor the characters managed to grab my attention, let alone keep it. The illustrations are brilliantly done and a full of atmosphere and foreboding but the story seemed a little flat with no real purpose or meaning. Think I'll have to hunt down the two previous volumes and come back to this one.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
This series is just something. Suspenseful and the art is really good. Then there's the covers, very cool. Anyway, don't know what else to say, but that I want the next volume to read.
Stewart Tame
Well the identity of a previously masked character has been revealed. Things seem to be coming to a head. We'll see what happens in the next volume. This is a fun series!
The pace of the storytelling is quickening, which is a good thing. The backstory is starting to be fleshed out, improving the general feel for the setting. I'm not sure I like what I get, though. The whole thing with the Space Between the Worlds and the Conception is all very well, but I don't feel it sits well with the background Mr. Gaiman gave to the house. I don't know about the original series, so maybe it's alright on that front, but as a fan of Gaiman's take on things I just can't warm to ...more
Scott Lee
Still fun. Some nice revelations in this one about the overarching story line. I enjoy the short stories, generally, but its the ongoing stuff in and about the house that clinches the book for me. This volume focused there even more so than the first two. That means the short stories themselves were a bit weaker, but I think that the volume as a whole was better for it.
Sturges really hits his stride with the third volume of House of Mystery. We learn about Harry, we get to understand the forces moving against the house and its inhabitants... we learn the ancient history that spawned the house in the first place. Sturges takes full control of the plot and concepts, maintaining continuity with Gaiman's work, but making this series wholly his own. Rossi's art with Marzan Jr.s edgy inks continues to be excellent. It is rare that artists can capture the disconcerti ...more
The third in this series, The Space Between (comics 11 - 15) picks up some of the pace that was lacking in Love Stories for Dead People. Though, maybe it's me being picky, but it seemed too much happened at once. I suppose it's because some key themes of the series were being wrapped up. But perhaps the pacing between Space and Stories would have been better had parts of this been relegated to the previous collection.

I still love it though, and plan on giving a copy of 13 to a friend.
Things are getting more and more intriguing! There were a few rough spots...stories that, as far as I could tell, didn't seem to connect to anything that was happening within the main plot line, even in the very loose way that the little one-off stories usually do. But even with those interruptions, a lot happens in this volume, and it seems like we're really starting to make some headway into who the main players are and where things are leading. This is definitely one of my very favorite comic ...more
A little convoluted at times, but still quite enjoyable.
Rachel Hall
I'm really enjoying this history and like I had referenced before there is a very similar feel in the story to the series fable and even shares some collaborators. I loved the twist at the end (but I won't spoil it) and I had no idea it was coming. The artwork also continues to impress, as it perfectly depicts all the worlds that are somewhere between dreams and nightmares. I continue to highly recommend this to any graphic novel who enjoys a clever story line.
My favorite graphic novel is the macabre, creepy graphic novel. I was turned onto this series loosely based on the old House of Mystery comic books of the past. This is the third in the series! There is one story encompassing the whole series, that of the people populating a bar in the House of Mystery, but those bar patrons need to tell stories to get drinks so there is plenty of short treasures in the pages as well. The art is great and diverse!
S.M.M. Lindström
This where this story lost me a little. Not in the sense that I didn't understand what was going on, but because I began to suspect how it would end. And with five more issues to go already having guessed the ending sort of takes the "mystery"-part out of the title. Still liked many of the stories-within-stories though.
Reprints House of Mystery #11-15. Harry is faced with the truth about the House of Mystery as the Conception moves in for an ambush. House of Mystery is one of those series that has some good and some bad. The characters seem all underdeveloped for as far as the series is and it is because they have to stop for a short story every issue. The short stories aren't bad but they sometimes don't add to the overall story.
I am absolutely LOVING this series, and this volume is no exception.

In the main mystery storyline, a lot of questions get answered--but it's ok, because new themes and directions, with questions of their own, are introduced. "Fig's Adventure in Stuffytown" (is that what it was called?) opened up and hinted at interesting possibilities. And once again, the smaller stories were interesting and varied.
As much as I enjoy reading this series, it's a touch disjointed at times. The story jumps around between multiple "nows" and previous stories told by the characters, and half of the time there isn't any indication besides the art style changing slightly. They can get away with it (mostly) in the graphic novel format, but trying to make sense of the once-monthly releases must be rather trying.
Volume 3 answers many of the questions raised by the first two volumes, and introduces us the world and concept of the Pathfinders. I'm not certain that I love any of the characters here, but I like many of them (Fig, Harry, Dragon, and more) and the paying for your drinks with a story does gives the writers multiple ways to tell stories.
Entertaining, but nothing outstanding.

More is uncovered about the origins of the house of mystery, how to cross from one world to the next, and who controls the house.

I find barkeep Jordan's stories hysterical. Glad they gave him another one in this volume.

I'll keep reading the series.
Jeremy Muse
Again, I love these books. This time rina's story ends, figs dad convinces one of the group that they are the house, one turns into a dragon, and Cain is revealed. Lots of cool stuff, and even some cool short stories. Walking dead and House of Mystery are my favorites comics.
meh... what I originally liked about this series was the creepy house, which was hardly in this arc at all. Also the side stories weren't as badass as the last few volumes. Sorry, even Bill Willingham couldn't save this series for me. lame.
I hate to say it, but I give up. The House of Mystery is just too mysterious for me. It reminds me of Lost... no answers, just more questions every time. I think I'm done with this series.
Shannon Appelcline
A good continuation of the story that really opens things up in interesting ways. Unfortunately, issue #13 brings the arc to a crashing halt and the second half isn't as strong as the first.
Chris Lemmerman
Possibly the best volume of House of Mystery so far - we have answers, the villains are on their way, and I really can't wait for the next volume. Damn not having enough money to buy it!
Thomax Green
The problem with this series is the fact that the main characters are stuck in the same place throughout the entire series. Even with their story telling it is pretty boring.
Finally we see the old host of the old house again, ah memory it takes me back...
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