Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Dollhouse Family #2 Review


Writer: M.R. Carey

Layouts: Peter Gross
Finishes: Vince Locke
Colors: Cris Peter
Letters: Todd Klein
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 11th, 2019

Review written by Joey Casco of

Before I go on with reviewing issue #2, I feel like I need to bring up a few things that I failed to mention in my review of issue #1 of The Dollhouse Family: It's made to look like the big giant that crashes to Earth millions of years ago is this evil "beast" that has to be defeated, but after being a guest on an episode of The Horror Podcast with Chris Rimmer, we became convinced that the narrator is actually the giant and the evil beast won. The narrator is the same font as the woman in the cave and the voice in the Black Room, only with white blocks instead of black. Also, when Alice's mom is listing off the last names of her side of the family she mentions the Dealey's. Alice's last name is Dealey, so she does not have her father's last name. That could be completely irrelevant, but something I noticed.

Now on to issue #2!

(1983-1985) After murdering her father, Alice can no longer speak. She can't even tell the police that she was the one who did it, even though she wants to. Her mother tells them that she was the one who did it instead, covering for her daughter, and she's sent to prison while Alice goes to a home of thirty other children. A girl named Jenny harasses and bullies her for years. When Alice finds out her mother has died in a prison fight, Alice goes to the dollhouse and speaks for the first time in two years: "One by one go down. Be weighed. Be weightless. Come up only one." And she enters the dollhouse to be reunited with the family inside.

After spending time with the Dollhouse Family, of course, the Black Room wants to see her. The last time she was in there the Black Room gave her the offer that it once gave to the individual members of Dollhouse Family: if you agree to stay in the dollhouse forever it could reach out to the real world and do one thing, and in Alice's case it's to stop the inevitable murder of her mother at the hands of her father. But instead, Alice refused and took care of it herself by murdering her father with a hammer. The Black Room isn't happy about that and makes her another offer, but I'm not going to spoil it here if she takes it or not. And of course, Jenny saw Alice go into the dollhouse, but what happens when Jenny says the words too?

(1826-1828) Joseph Kent,  Alice's ancestor and the man who would eventually have the dollhouse built, has made it out of the cave and has a new lease on life. He falls in love with the nurse who is caring for him. Her name is Charlotte. They get married, despite the disapproval of his parents. She's poor, has no family or money, and is barren. To a frame of their wedding, the narrator says "And so it begins", then to them having sex "No. I misspoke. A pardonable error. This is where it begins", and then a frame of the woman in the cave (who I'm assuming is also the voice in the Black Room) now showing a friggin' tail "and here it was woven", and then we see that the once barren Charlotte is pregnant.

So the conception of this child isn't a miracle! It's quite demonic! And the birth turns into a tragedy as Charlotte dies during labor. Oh, by the way, the name of the baby is Cordwainer. Uh-oh!

Bits and Pieces:

I absolutely loved the first issue but I wasn't quite sure what to think about this second one the first few times that I read it, but as I wrote the review I got more into it. We already know that all of the members of the Dollhouse Family had not met each other before they one by one came into the dollhouse, but now we have confirmation that they are all from the same family tree; which starts with Joseph. And then his son Cordwainer, who is now in the dollhouse, and could also be the spawn of the evil beast. So questions are answered and more questions arise, and I'm still looking forward to seeing where it goes.


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