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The Low, Low Woods

(Hill House Comics #3)

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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,019 ratings  ·  417 reviews
When your memories are stolen, what would you give to remember? Follow El and Vee as they search for answers to the questions everyone else forgot.

Shudder-to-Think, Pennsylvania, is plagued by a mysterious illness that eats away at the memories of those affected by it. El and Octavia are two best friends who find themselves the newest victims of this disease after waking u
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Hardcover, 168 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by DC Black Label
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Holy shit. Holy shit. I just finished this graphic novel and, friends, I truly do not see myself as someone who gets legitimately rattled easily — books may make me emotional, but rarely do they get under my skin and stay there — but I feel like The Low, Low Woods is going to linger in my bones for a long, long time to come. That's not because it's scary, but because it is horrifying, not in the haunted houses and ghosts sort of way, but in a sinister, nauseating manner that I never saw coming.

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Sam Quixote
Sep 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
In Small Mining American Town, the women are having episodes of memory loss. Well, it’s gotta be the men’s fault, hasn’t it? Teenagers El and Octavia set out to find out what’s what because apparently only teenagers can crack this one.

I’ve never heard of either Carmen Maria Machado or Dani (really, artists are still going by single-name monikers?) and I can see why - The Low, Low Woods is a low, low quality comic!

The book is full of bad storytelling where all the disparate elements don’t mesh
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Paul E. Morph
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one and it had some moments of real beauty but, unfortunately, it fell short of what it could have been. The story was a little too loosely packed at times; left a little too open on occasion. I liked the impressionist art but it, too, didn't quite reach the heights it aspired to. There was an obvious Bill Sienkiewicz influence but it didn't manage to get to his level; too many times I felt like the abstraction was covering up shortcomings in the artist's technical draughtsmanship ...more
Chad
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: single-issues, 2020
I hated how this was put together. Four issues of watching these two girls live a high school existence with the occasional weird occurrence like deer women or skinned men appearing. Then in issue 5 it's all info dumped into our lap. It just wasn't at all satisfying. I didn't care for DaNi's loose, scratchy art either. There were times where I couldn't tell what was happening due to the poor art. ...more
Jenny Lawson
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting. I enjoyed it but it felt like I was missing part of the story.
karen
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
i don't have time to write book reviews just this second, but for now, you can check out the newest book list i made for f(r)iction!!! it's great!!

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Dave Schaafsma
“. . . it’s like a very slow apocalypse”--Carmen Maria Machado, referring to the public health and economic disaster of coal country

My first experience with Carmen Maria Machado's work (illustrated by DaNi), which kinda makes me want to read her non-comics collection of short stories, My Body and Other Parties. I'm playing it safe now by giving this three stars to see if it gets any clearer or more interesting. It should be interesting to me; it features environmentalism (the story takes place i
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Jackie
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
don’t listen to the men in the comments whose feelings are hurt that a comic isn’t for them!!!

the low, low woods is a perfectly queer, uncanny horror story that twists sociopolitical and gendered violence into an unforgettable homage to those who have been harmed by those who abuse power. i do wish there was more, but machado understands and utilizes silences and what goes unsaid on purpose, i think.

on a visual level, the page with jessica’s mother’s stomach will haunt me forever. you know the
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James DeSantis
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
A horror filled with more real life horror and covered up with "monsters" to help illustrate the horrors of it all.

So the book starts with our two main characters, El and Vee, and right off the bat they're in a weird town filled with creatures that are monsters like half Deer humans, skinless men, and more. So when they awake in the theater and question what the hell happened, asking the guy who works there and not getting anywhere, they begin their investigation of the town and its dark past a
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Rod Brown
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Four issues of floundering through teen angst and shuddering under a looming feeling of dread that something is wrong here as we are presented with confusing supernatural events. One issue of much exposition. And one issue that barely starts to scratch the surface of all the repercussions of the big reveal.

The themes here are powerful even if the execution leaves me wondering about the choices made in telling the story.

I've been thinking about it for a while, but now I need to check out Her Body
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L. McCoy
WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE! IF THAT OFFENDS YOU DON’T READ THIS BOOK OR MY REVIEW!

(Sigh)... This is gonna be a slight harsh one...

What’s it about?
Given how confusing and poorly written this is, good question. So basically there’s these 2 girls who wake up in a theater wondering what the fuck happened because they can’t remember anything and then they’re all “oh no what happened”. After that some weird shit happens.

Why it gets 1-star:
The story is confusing. I don’t know if it w
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Luce
2 ½ stars

Having only read Carmen Maria Machado's memoir, I wasn't sure what to except from The Low, Low Woods. The summary promised a creepy tale: we have the classic small town setting (here called Shudder-to-Think), strange creatures (deer-women, skinless men), and an old mystery.
The first issue begins with our two protagonists, El and Octavia, waking up in a movie theatre and not being able to recall the previous hours. Something happened, they know as much, but finding out the truth behind
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Tina Haigler
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, lgbtq
Review to come :)
Dan
Nov 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Half a star, and that's only for the six Jenny Frison variant covers.

There's a brief interview with artist Dani in the back of this collection, where the nameless interviewer states that there is s scene in the third issue that "will haunt readers for some time." When I saw it, prior to reading that comment, I said to myself "Am I supposed to know what the fuck that is...?" Which is a perfect commentary on Dani's scratchy, often indecipherable art. The story, by Carmen Maria Machado, is one of
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Václav
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital, x2020, horror
(4,1 of 5 for another more than interesting Hill House horror comics)
Low, low woods is LGBT+ empowered six-issue-long horror comics. I know it sounds sketchy because many LGBT+ inclusion comics is annoying because too much attention is directed more to "LGBT+ inclusion" than to the quality of the comics. But not his time. The "LGBT+" aspect is included in a way which feels natural, normal and part of the setting. That feels alright, making it normal, not privileged. Bend it around the story, not
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Jerrie (redwritinghood)
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Creepy art, dark and moody and perfect for this time of year. Dark, feminist story centered on a town that's perpetually on fire (based on Centralia, PA). ...more
Imogen
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
fuck yeah.
Amy
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two teen-age girls leaving a movie theater without any memory of watching the movie. One very angry, El, and the other not wanting to know, Vee. They both are very much aware that something happened. What exactly DID happen to them?

El and Vee are best friends, inseparable since they were young children. They met in the woods. The woods they were not to go near. El rescued Vee from the skinless man. The reason they were to stay away. And the human deer figure that El saw on a camping trip. Vee c
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Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)


You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

As part of critically-acclaimed writer Joe Hill’s Hill House Comics line-up over at DC Comics, the next entry belongs to a writer who brings into play her own conception of horror as she rethreads the eerie and odd town tale with a supernatural and creepy history that slowly resurfaces. This time, she attempts to interweave a complex relationship tainted with envy and passion as well as a world that has more to it than what you can see. Writer C
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The Lost Dreamer
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witchcraft, women
This short story has almost everything I look for nowadays in a comic book: diverse, LGTB female lead characters with a well defined personal agenda, witchcraft, gender issues, and a dark, grimy and thrilling atmosphere. And girl, it really pays off. Only the last two issues start to feel too rushed, looking for an ending that feels not totally ready or well developed. That's the only low in this comic. Apart from that, the artwork feels really good: attractive but not so much that it will steal ...more
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
cw: sexual assault; memory loss; violence

this was haunting in every sense of the word. the art was breathtaking, the relationship dynamics of all kinds were beautifully explored (i loved the friendship at the heart of this story), and the story will stick with me for a long, long time. and to top it all off, you get carmen maria machado's gorgeous writing. once i started reading, i truly could not stop. can't recommend this one highly enough, but please heed the content warnings!
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Joe M
Collecting a 6-issue run on Joe Hill's new comic imprint for DC, The Low Low Woods is a genuinely creepy coming-of-age story, and an absolute must-read for fans of Carmen Maria Machado or horror comics. There's plenty of fantastic world-building around the mysterious coal mining town of "Shudder-to-Think," Pennsylvania, with interesting queer characters that are realistic and enjoyable to follow. Carmen Maria Machado and artist DaNi are also a perfect match, pairing a unique setting and disturbi ...more
Jessica Woodbury
Creepy and haunting. Loved loved the art here, which has a looser sometimes half-finished style. I love that we have two queer women of color as best friends and allies. It is more a mood piece than a plot piece, and I wish it was much longer, I would happily come back to it.
Christy
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was dark and delicious and for real, fuck all dudes.
Emily
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Shudder-to-Think, Pennsylvania has an extremely unhealthy relationship with its dead."

The Low Low Woods is an intriguing horror graphic novel, and I enjoyed it! It's a little confusing, but it's beautiful. Sometimes it feels like there's information missing, and I wish there were more issues, but it still works well. I like Carmen Maria Machado's storytelling, and I would love to see another graphic novel one day.

CW - mentions of sexual abuse of adults and children, homophobia, transphobia
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niri
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
inventive, clever, and haunting: gets under your skin and stays there. carmen maria machado writes supreme weirdness and dani illustrates to match, and together they bring alive a nuanced, terrifying horror story; as with most horror stories, most terrifying for how close to reality it can be. dark, but kind.

thank you to edelweiss plus & the publishers for this arc!
Licha
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
I was going to give this 3 stars but if we go by that definition, I can't say I liked this. This books was depressing and just had a dark cloud hovering over the story all the way through. The idea of this town made no sense, with women with sinkholes in the middle of their stomachs, female deers I didn't quite understand the purpose of, or the skinned men, for that matter. When it was loosely explained why the town (that always appeared to be inhabited by less than 20 people and seemed to be in ...more
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
It's been a while since I've been sucked into a graphic novel. I've read a few lately that just didn't work for me. The Low, Low Woods has reminded me how much I enjoy reading comics.

The Low, Low Woods isn't perfect. It's strange (in both good and bad ways), and it's meta enough to mention deus ex machina. But the strong female characters, friendship, and really great body horror have me recommending that you pick it up next time you are looking for a good horror graphic novel.
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Craig
May 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really didn't enjoy this as much as the other two Hill House collections currently on NetGalley (Basketful of Heads and The Dollhouse Family). Two female friends who live in a dying Pennsylvania coal town uncover a big secret that changes their lives. It's certainly artistic, but the story is just a bit too surreal for me (deer women, sinkholes opening up in people, burned men periodically coming up out of coal seams?). This just wasn't for me. ...more
Vin - Queerbiblioboy
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Low, Low Woods definitely holds up when thinking about Carmen Maria Machado’s writing. This was a sinister graphic novel which pulled in the dread from the very start. This isn’t your typical horror comic, this is a horror comic that leaves you with emotional whiplash and burrows it’s way under your skin. I was not expecting it get get so very real.

I can’t give to much away without spoiling the story, but the comic follows El & Octavia as they deal with loss of memory, a town that’s slowly
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