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The adventures of Zoey Redbird continue in the newest installment of House of Night, Issue #3. The House of Night is a finishing school for fledgling vampyres awaiting the change to come into their full powers. Boys and girls will eventually become men and women, but until such a time arrives, they stay and train. Learning is the same whether you are human or vampyre, and this lesson is evident within the story.
Written by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast, the mother and daughter team successfully bring the reader into another exciting episode in the life of Zoey, now head of the Dark Daughters. With art by Joelle Jones and Daniel Krall, House of Night is gaining a tradition of excellently drawn imagery, coupled with dramatic storytelling. Daniel Krall also worked on coloring with Ryan Hill for this issue, and lettering was done by Nate Piekos of Blambot. The cover was done by Jenny Frison, who also worked on the covers for issue numbers 1 and 2.
In this newest issue, Zoey meets with the element of water. She learns the story of Circe and how she managed to change the perception of the ignorant outside world with her good deeds and valiant honesty. The lesson of water starts with Zoey using her powers to pour rain on an unsuspecting mob of villagers. Blatant destruction is avoided, but only because Zoey fanned the flames of distrust between the townsfolk and the House of Night residents.
John Heffer is a new character introduced into the series to serve as a primary antagonist now that a tentative friendship with former rival, Aphrodite, has been forged. John Heffer is the reverend of Tulsa and arrives with a mob set on removing the House of Night from their town. A holy man of some considerable renown, John is called “StepLoser” by Zoey. It is his outrage and shame that Zoey has become a resident at the House of Night. With no real knowledge of the House besides what God has given him, John is a stoutly religious man who rejects Zoey’s way of life.
Another new character is Neferet, the school’s alluring High Priestess. It was she who gave Zoey formal control of the Dark Daughters. Her roll has yet to be revealed, but she seems to have a good grasp of leadership in contrast to the impulsiveness of Zoey. The little that is known about Neferet shows that she is quite calm and collected, much like the vampyre, Circe.
In this story, Circe saves Odysseus and his men from great peril. On his journey home, Odysseus and his men encounter a fierce storm and must land on Circe’s island. Initially wary and scared of the unknown, they attack Circe, who defends herself while not attacking anyone, much like High Priestess Neferet has done. Circe convinces Odysseus to give his blood as payment for helping him and his men. In return, she promises to see Odysseus home safely to his family.
The lesson in House of Night, Issue #3 is be more accepting of others and to gain knowledge before casting judgment. Zoey eventually starts small by first saving her younger brother who is being harassed at school for something equally ignorant, his race. She speaks to her brother, Kevin, and slowly he sees that maybe Reverend John, his mother’s husband, and his own mother are maybe not completely right.
This issue of House of Night brings together yet another aspect of teenage life, emulating the bullying that happens in both vampyre and human worlds. There is no one emotion greater than fear of the unknown, and it is this that charges Issue #3 of House of Night with great energy and forward momentum.
Learning each of these lessons gives younger readers a great guide to how art can imitate life accurately. Older readers will certainly enjoy the storytelling, as well as some of the mythology evident throughout the series. This comic is available through Dark Horse Comics now.