GN Review: Possessions: The Better House Trap


GN Review: Possessions: The Better House TrapPossessions: The Better House Trap by Ray Fawkes
Series: Possessions #3
Release Date: Feb 2012
Publisher: Oni Press
Pages: 90
Source: Publisher

Enough is enough. Gurgazon the Pit Demon has been welcomed, nurtured, fed, and complimented. Gurgazon can tolerate no more! The time has come, once and for all, for escape! The Lewellyn-Vane house has been mapped. The plans are laid out. The ghosts are ready. The only thing that still stands in their way is... The butler. But is Gurgazon prepared for him this time? Can he really be defeated? POSSESSIONS BOOK 3: THE BETTER HOUSE TRAP is the third in the YALSA award-winning slapstick series by Ray Fawkes

Gurgazon is back up to her old tricks in Possessions volume 3. Her newest scheme for escape includes getting Mr. Thorne out of the manor. With a little help from an old friend and a lie, Thorne leaves on a hunt for a new house member. Of course, he doesn’t know that it’s a trap that will end in his disposal. While he is out the spirits begin their plan for escape and breaking one trap after another. It looks like freedom may just be in their reach… I won’t ruin the ending, but I will say I was surprised and screaming at the huge cliffhanger. I’m not sure I can wait a year to see what happens next!

This latest installment was no disappointment from the rest. There weren’t as many laughing out loud moments, but the scheming and hi-jinks were there 100%. I like that we’re learning more about Thorne without really learning anything about him. Fawkes is slipping in tiny hints here and there and I can’t wait until it’s fully revealed. I’m not quite sure myself what Thorne is, but I’m leaning on the side of a wizard. It would explain his slow aging and smelling of magic. I’m sure I’m totally wrong, but it’s still fun to guess!

Fawke’s simplistic style continues on with the third volume. This style works very well for the series. The panels are usually filled with the characters and sparse detail for the background. Considering how one-track minded Gurgazon is the panels work to keep you focus on her plans. This time around the panels were done in pink accent. If my theory is correct this is because the Pale Lady’s back story was introduced this time; boy, is she all about girly stuff such as dresses and shoes, which is one of the reasons she is now dead. I’ll be interested to see if the accent color/character continues in the next volume. There should only be two more back stories left (maybe 3 if you count Mr. Thorne) so it’ll be interesting to see what colors come into play. Of course, my theory could be wrong and merely coincidental. I suppose volume 4 is where the truth where be found.

If you haven’t picked up the Possessions series yet, I highly recommend it. If you have, be sure to leave me a comment telling me what you think!

 

One comment

  1. I love the Possessions series, and I only wish they could be published faster. Gurgazon’s character is so outrageous and funny and dramatic. I also think Polly the poltergeist is hysterical. My son and I (he’s 9) love to read these aloud to each other and take on different roles, like reader’s theatre.

    Ray Fawkes is a brilliant graphic novelist and I’m so glad he’s doing this all-ages story. I’m a big fan.

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