The Nice House on the Lake (2021)


Everyone who was invited to the house knows Walter—well, they know him a little, anyway. Some met him in childhood; some met him months ago. And Walter’s always been a little…off. But after the hardest year of their lives, nobody was going to turn down Walter’s invitation to an astonishingly beautiful house in the woods, overlooking an enormous sylvan lake. It’s beautiful, it’s opulent, it’s private—so a week of putting up with Walter’s weird little schemes and nicknames in exchange for the vacation of a lifetime? Why not? All of them were at that moment in their lives when they could feel themselves pulling away from their other friends; wouldn’t a chance to reconnect be…nice?

From: DC Comics

Notes on This Title

This is an ensemble book, the cast of which includes a Black gay character, a white trans woman, an Asian man and a Latino man who are in a relationship, and a bisexual character who is not human, but appears as a white man.

There are acts of violence and self-harm depicted, as well as frequent depictions of gore.


2022 Eisner Award for Best New Series
2023 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series - Nominee
ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table - 2023 Best Graphic Novels for Adults


“I absolutely adored this first volume of The Nice House on the Lake. It is a stellar book, and everyone involved in its creation is firing on all cylinders. I cannot recommend it highly enough, and can’t wait to see where Tynion and crew take the story over the coming months.” (Source: Comic Book Herald)

“The art style by Alvaro Martinez Bueno is as gorgeous as it is creepy.” (Source: Horror Fuel)

“To sum it up through comparison: The Nice House on the Lake is basically Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill by way of Michael Schur’s The Good Place and Stephen King’s It; an apocalyptic mystery thriller that reads like a better version of Lost as told through the medium of comics.” (Source: Polygon)


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