House of Mystery #4 - The Beauty of Decay
(2010)

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Volume
4
Price
17.99 USD
Pages
164
On-sale date
2010-07-08
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Mature Readers
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
Vertigo
ISBN
978-1-4012-2756-2 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781401227562 51799
Editing
Scott Nybakken
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Modern Age U. S.
Binding
Trade Paperback

The Beauty of Decay (Table of Contents)

House of Mystery / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Esao Andrews
Inks
Esao Andrews
Colors
Esao Andrews
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Poet [Eduard St. Germaine]
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[House of Mystery #16] (Table of Contents: 1)

House of Mystery / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Esao Andrews
Inks
Esao Andrews
Colors
Esao Andrews

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Administrator Ceorel; Harry Bailey; Ann Preston; Peter Keele; Poet
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Entropy / Part One of the Beauty of Decay (Table of Contents: 2)

House of Mystery / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Matthew Sturges
Pencils
Luca Rossi
Inks
Jose Marzan, Jr.
Colors
Lee Loughridge
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Harry Bailey; Fig [Bethany Keele]; Ann Preston; Peter Keele; Cress [Cressida]; Poet; Algernon Wells; Genevieve Montaigne; Rod Cannon; Administrator Ceorel; House of Mystery; Cain
Synopsis
The residents of the House of Mystery continue to search for a way out of the City in the Space Between.
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The Hounds of Titus Roan (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Willingham
Pencils
Richard Corben
Inks
Richard Corben
Colors
Lee Loughridge
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
David; Betty; Arthur; Hounds of Titus Roan
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[House of Mystery #17] (Table of Contents: 4)

House of Mystery / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Esao Andrews
Inks
Esao Andrews
Colors
Esao Andrews

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Poet [Eduard St. Germaine]
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Poetics / Part Two of The Beauty of Decay (Table of Contents: 5)

House of Mystery / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Matthew Sturges
Pencils
Werther Dell'Edera
Inks
Jose Marzan Jr.
Colors
Lee Loughridge
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Harry Bailey; Fig [Bethany Keele]; Ann Preston; Peter Keele; Cress [Cressida]; Poet [Eduard St. Germaine] (death); Algernon Wells; Genevieve Montaigne; Rod Cannon (death); House of Mystery; Chloe
Synopsis
The Poet is lured to his death.
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Mise-en-Scene (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Matthew Sturges
Pencils
Al Davison
Inks
Al Davison
Colors
Lee Loughridge
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Eduard St. Germaine [Poet] (origin); Chloe (death); Chloe's father (first appearance; death); Lord Arthur
Synopsis
A playwright creates his masterpiece.
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[House of Mystery #18] (Table of Contents: 7)

House of Mystery / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Esao Andrews
Inks
Esao Andrews
Colors
Esao Andrews

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Ann Preston; Mr. Overhill; Administrator Ceorel; Cain
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Academics / Part Three of The Beauty of Decay (Table of Contents: 8)

House of Mystery / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script
Matthew Sturges
Pencils
Werther Dell'Edera
Inks
Jose Marzan, Jr. (pages 1-10, 16-17); Andrew Pepoy (pages 11-15)
Colors
Lee Loughridge
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Harry Bailey; Fig [Bethany Keele]; Algernon Wells; Peter Keele; Cress [Cressida]; Genevieve Montaigne; Tursig; Simon; Jordan Mayer; Poet [Eduard St. Germaine] (corpse); Administrator Ceorel; House of Mystery; Cain
Synopsis
Fig learns why her father abandoned her.
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The Tale of Brutus the Bold (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Matthew Sturges
Pencils
Jeff Lemire
Inks
Jeff Lemire
Colors
Lee Loughridge
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Brutus; Amorata
Synopsis
The story of two roaches in love.
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[House of Mystery #19] (Table of Contents: 10)

House of Mystery / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Esao Andrews
Inks
Esao Andrews
Colors
Esao Andrews

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Fig [Bethany Keele]
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Convergence / Part Four of The Beauty of Decay (Table of Contents: 11)

House of Mystery / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Matthew Sturges
Pencils
Luca Rossi
Inks
José Marzán, Jr. (pages 4-6, 8-9, 11-15); Joe Rubinstein (pages 1-3, 7, 10)
Colors
Lee Loughridge
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Harry Bailey; Fig [Bethany Keele]; Ann Preston; Mr. Overhill; Algernon Wells; Peter Keele; Cress [Cressida]; Genevieve Montaigne; Tursig; Simon; Jordan Mayer; Administrator Ceorel; House of Mystery; Cain; Chloe
Synopsis
Cain arrives at the House of Mystery.
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House and Home (Table of Contents: 12)

House of Mystery / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Matthew Sturges
Pencils
Antonio Fuso
Inks
Antonio Fuso
Colors
Lee Loughridge
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Cain; Abel; The Conception
Synopsis
Cain looks for the missing House of Mystery.
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[House of Mystery #20] (Table of Contents: 13)

House of Mystery / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Esao Andrews
Inks
Esao Andrews
Colors
Esao Andrews

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
House of Mystery
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Elegies / Part Five of The Beauty of Decay (Table of Contents: 14)

House of Mystery / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Matthew Sturges
Pencils
Luca Rossi
Inks
Jose Marzan, Jr.
Colors
Lee Loughridge
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Harry Bailey; Fig [Bethany Keele]; Ann Preston; Mr. Overhill; Algernon Wells; Peter Keele; Cress [Cressida]; Genevieve Montaigne; Tursig; Simon (death); Jordan Mayer; Administrator Ceorel (death); House of Mystery; Cain; The Conception; Chloe; Peter Keele's Grandfather
Synopsis
Fig makes a deal with the Conception, freeing Harry from the House of Mystery.
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Spellbound (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Matthew Sturges
Pencils
Mike Kaluta [as Michael Wm. Kaluta]
Inks
Mike Kaluta [as Michael Wm. Kaluta]
Colors
Lee Loughridge
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Jonathan; Mary
Synopsis
Jonathan is mesmerized by a book.
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[House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1] (Table of Contents: 16)

House of Mystery / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Esao Andrews
Inks
Esao Andrews
Colors
Esao Andrews

Genre
horror-suspense
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Do You See What I See? (Table of Contents: 17)

House of Mystery / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Matthew Sturges
Pencils
Luca Rossi
Inks
Jose Marzan, Jr.
Colors
Lee Loughridge
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Harry Bailey; Fig [Bethany Keele]; Ann Preston; Mr. Overhill; Cress [Cressida]; Poet [Eduard St. Germaine]; Jordan Mayer; Rod Cannon; Simon; Tursig; Chester; Mack
Synopsis
Fig puts on the creepy mask, which proceeds to show her stories from when other people donned the mask.
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Indexer Notes

This story frames the other stories in the book.

High Spirits (Table of Contents: 18)

Merv Pumpkinhead / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Mark Buckingham; Bill Willingham
Pencils
Mark Buckingham
Inks
Kevin Nowlan
Colors
Lee Loughridge
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Merv Pumpkinhead
Synopsis
Merv gets all the nightmares drunk before they can go out and scare the dreamers.
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Letter from a Suicide (Table of Contents: 19)

John Constantine: Hellblazer / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Peter Milligan
Pencils
Giuseppe Camuncoli (layouts); Stefano Landini (finishes)
Inks
Stefano Landini
Colors
Dave McCaig
Letters
Sal Cipriano
Editing
Shelly Bond; Brandon Montclare (assistant)

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
John Constantine; Phil (death); Julian
Synopsis
Constantine battles a Babylonian shape-shifting demon.
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An I, Zombie! Story (Table of Contents: 20)

I, Zombie [iZombie] / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Chris Roberson
Pencils
Michael Allred
Inks
Michael Allred
Colors
Laura Allred
Letters
Todd Klein

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Gwen Dylan (first appearance; a zombie)
Synopsis
Gwen goes trick or treating.
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Indexer Notes

First appearance of the I, Zombie feature, which was later stylized as iZOMBIE.

This is a complete story, but it originally may have been prepared as a preview from an I, Zombie issue to come out from DC in 2010, since the credits also include cover credits. It is unknown if the intended cover was ever printed.

It was not included in any issues of the series but was reprinted when the early issues of the series were reprinted in trade paperback.

Captive Audience (Table of Contents: 21)

Madame Xanadu / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Matt Wagner
Pencils
Amy Reeder Hadley
Inks
Richard Friend
Colors
Guy Major
Letters
Jared K. Fletcher
Editing
Brandon Montclare

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Madame Xanadu; Sadie [Meredith Luntz]; Fitz; Lashonda; Hiram; Eddie
Synopsis
Meredith puts on the mask and loses herself in the lives of others.
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Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Beauty of Decay
    House of Mystery
  2. 1. [House of Mystery #16]
    House of Mystery
  3. 2. Entropy / Part One of the Beauty of Decay
    House of Mystery
  4. 3. The Hounds of Titus Roan
  5. 4. [House of Mystery #17]
    House of Mystery
  6. 5. Poetics / Part Two of The Beauty of Decay
    House of Mystery
  7. 6. Mise-en-Scene
  8. 7. [House of Mystery #18]
    House of Mystery
  9. 8. Academics / Part Three of The Beauty of Decay
    House of Mystery
  10. 9. The Tale of Brutus the Bold
  11. 10. [House of Mystery #19]
    House of Mystery
  12. 11. Convergence / Part Four of The Beauty of Decay
    House of Mystery
  13. 12. House and Home
    House of Mystery
  14. 13. [House of Mystery #20]
    House of Mystery
  15. 14. Elegies / Part Five of The Beauty of Decay
    House of Mystery
  16. 15. Spellbound
  17. 16. [House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1]
    House of Mystery
  18. 17. Do You See What I See?
    House of Mystery
  19. 18. High Spirits
    Merv Pumpkinhead
  20. 19. Letter from a Suicide
    John Constantine: Hellblazer
  21. 20. An I, Zombie! Story
    I, Zombie [iZombie]
  22. 21. Captive Audience
    Madame Xanadu
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