House Of Night #5
Story by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Script by Kent Dalian
Art by Joelle Jones and Eric Canete
Colors by Ryan Hill and Eric Canete
Letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by Jenny Frison
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 14, 2012
Cover Price: $2.99
This month we get to see Zoey Redbird complete her initiation into the five elements in House Of Night #5. Her lesson for the last element, spirit, is one that holds a lot of meaning for her. Not everyone is able to survive the change from human to vampyre, and it takes four years of training to do so. We learn that the stress on their bodies and minds can take a toll.
Zoey spends this issue coming to terms with a choice she made prior to her training at the House of Night. Having imprinted on someone from her past, it seems only fitting that the story of Hippolyte and Herakles contained the same problem. Learning from the mistakes of vampyres past has aided Zoey several times and this is no exception.
Realizing her mistake with her ex-boyfriend, she also learns much in the way of compassion regarding the humans that have been subjected to the imprinting process. That empathy enables her to help ease the pain of one of her peers, showing her how true spirit is meant to be used. With this information and all the other lessons learned, Zoey is able to bring a new beginning to the Dark Daughters, just as the goddess Nyx intended.
The mother/daughter team of P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, together with Kent Dalian, bring a culmination to the first story arc of this series in glorious fashion. While I have never read the books, I am thoroughly enjoying the comic series. The art is consistently good, thanks to Joelle Jones (and Eric Canete, in this issue). As this is the obvious end to this plotline, it’s not the best starting point for new readers. However, it is a perfect reason to go buy the previous comics and catch up. I’ve said it before, this is way beyond the other teen vampire stories with which you might be familiar. The mix of “history” and present day makes for an interesting series and I look forward to many more in the future. It’s worth the effort, trust me.