The moment I saw the gorgeous artwork for the comic book adaptation of P.C. and Kristen Cast’s bestselling House of Night series I had to check it out. I went straight to Dark Horse’s digital shop and bought House of Night Issue #1 for $1.99 (not a bad price) and got right to reading.
“The magical world of New York Times best-selling authors P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast comes to comics!
Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you are Marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood.”
As I said above, I went Dark Horse’s site and bought the digital version of the comic – big mistake. Reading their comics on a computer is a giant pain. The text is either way too small or so big and blown up that the entire image is a ridiculous blurry mess, which is a shame because the art is truly fantastic. If you buy House of Night #1 I highly suggest heading over to your local comic shop and buying the print version.
Other than the terrible digital format, the only other issue I had with this comic is that only fans of the books can really enjoy it. The comic takes place in between scenes of Betrayal, the second book in the series. Meaning that unless you have read the first book you have absolutely no idea what’s going on in this comic, making it a fans only thing. So while newbies to the series won’t enjoy it much, fans will love it. You get a peek at some interesting vampyre history (yay flashbacks!) and you also learn more about Zoey and her fears.
As for what I loved in House of Night #1 – the artwork! Illustrators Joëlle Jones and Karl Kerschl nailed it and created an absolutely stunning comic. Each page was fresh and new with just a touch of that classic comic book style. Within minutes of reading it was obvious that the artists put loads of thought into this project, everything from how perfect the characters looked to the beautiful background imagery was fantastic. I also loved that instead of drawing every scene face on they used interesting angles and viewpoints, it made it much more visually appealing.
Overall, I really enjoyed the first issue of the House of Night comic and I can see loads of fans loving it. I’ll definitely check out the next issue (in print form).
Check out a little preview below (luckily the preview is easier to read than the full version on their site):