After a two-month hiatus, The Low, Low Woods is back and it brings big-time answers. This horror tale is one of the best Hill House Comics has to offer, suggesting very strange things have been going on in a town where the Earth itself burned. But will Octavia and El find the answers they seek? Warning, the answers will rattle your bones with anger and fear!
This is a comic book I implore everyone to bring a little extra time and energy to. As you read, you might grow tired of the captions and the long story being told, but believe me, the reveals in this tale not only give meaning to the acts that have happened in the book, but also are truly horrific. This is for horror fans who like a story that creeps up, grabs you, and shakes your very soul.
The issue opens with El and Octavia in the strange house where a little girl, who is also a witch, has truths to tell. She tells a tale about the town, gives answers to big questions, and more importantly tells a tale about terrible acts on victims who never knew they were attacked at all. Almost every question is answered here, save for those that involve Octavia and El directly which is satisfying. We’re essentially given a playbook of what this series is all about right here in one go.
It’s a lot of telling and not showing, though, and you can see Dani had to do a lot on each page to get this story to flow. Interestingly for me, it was hard to connect with the strange little girl since we just met her until we find out the full truth two thirds through the book. It’s at that point the horror of the tale becomes clear, and the masterstroke of how the story unfolds is where the power in the horror lies.
There are a few great moments drawn by Dani that will resonate and reverberate the horror to you quite well. Again though, many pages feel overstuffed as they struggle to tell a complex back story. I wish some of these details were strewn throughout the last three issues, but then again, the twist and horrific element may not have resonated as well that way. Either way, the art can feel a bit stuffy as it navigates the winding flashback.
This is a good fifth issue that gives readers a lot of answers. They’re satisfying in a scary sort of way, and for some I suspect they will be unsatisfying for their disturbing nature. That said, don’t pass on this issue if you’ve read even a single issue of this series. The scary nature is revealed and it truly is horrific.