Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Dollhouse Family #1 Review


Writer: M.R. Carey
Layouts: Peter Gross
Finishes: Vince Locke
Colors: Cris Peter
Letters: Todd Klein
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 13th, 2019

Review written by Joey Casco of

The Dollhouse Family is a little difficult to describe, as it does a lot of jumping around between two stories a century and a half apart, and it's very weird. But man, I really liked it. And I liked it, even more, the second time I read it.

First, it starts off millions of years ago as something crashes from space onto Earth and leaves a huge meteor. And it's kinda hard to tell but it looks like a monster with electricity sparking from his eyes comes out from the smoke. Weeeeird.

Then it quickly changes to 1979 where we meet little Alice Dealey and her parents, Kelly and Peter. They've received an old dollhouse in the mail from Kelly's great aunt, and it's been in the family since 1828 when a man named Joseph Kent had it made for his eldest son. It's huge and very detailed, and against Peter's wishes, Kelly tells Alice that she can keep it. It doesn't take long to find out that Peter is a turd. He's unemployed and can't find a job as a carpenter, which of course sucks for them, but he's verbally and physically abusive to his wife. Alice names the dolls inside the dollhouse and it's her favorite toy to play with.

One day after Kelly is beaten by Peter, Alice goes to her room to cry and Bess, the mother doll, comes to life! She tells Alice the secret words so she can shrink down and go in the house with them. So she meets everybody and plays with the kids, and for years it becomes her escape when things are really bad. It also turns out that the dolls aren't actually a family but it appears that they were people who shrunk down just like her and decided to stay (or can't escape). In 1983 she learns of a secret "Black Room" that only appears to each of the dolls once... and it appears for Alice. And she steps inside.

What's in the Black Room? I'm not tellin'! But there's a voice with black word bubbles and a very specific font.

The other story that the book switches back and forth from happens in 1826 and it's about Alice's ancestor Joseph Kent, who commissioned for the dollhouse to be made for his son. He's a cartographer and one day while taking measurements he stumbles across a cave that isn't on any map, and he decides to go in. It's a pretty deep cave because he's in there for three days until he finds an area with torches and a huge sleeping giant, which is what I assume we saw on the first page of the book.

A woman appears and her word bubbles and font when she speaks are exactly like the voice in the Black Room. She tells him not to wake the giant because he's been sleeping for a long time and he needs to stay that way. Then she grabs Joseph's hand, puts it on her crotch, and they have sex! Oh yeah! Look at my boy Joseph gettin' some creepy witch action!

At the very end, what happens when Alice leaves the Black Room is AWESOME but I'm not spoiling that either.

Bits and Pieces:

Whaaaaaat? I have no idea where this is going and I love that! There are people living in a dollhouse, a giant sleeping in a cave, and a horned up witch lady having sex with lost cartographers. And that ending! I can't wait to find out how it all ties together. This book has hooked me right in with how different and how &^%$ed it is!


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