The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado

Title: The Low, Low Woods.
: Hill House Comics #3.
Writer(s): Carmen Maria Machado.
Artist(s): Dani.
Colourist(s): Tamra Bonvillain.
Letterer(s): Steve Wands.
PublisherDC Comics.

: Hardcover.
Release Date: September 29th 2020.
Pages: 168.
Genre(s): Comics, Horror.
ISBN13: 9781779504524.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Also in the Hill House Comics series:
Basketful of Heads by Joe Hill.
The Dollhouse Family by Mike Carey.
Daphne Byrne by Laura Marks.
Plunge by Joe Hill.


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38 thoughts on “The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado

  1. I did not know she wrote graphic novels too. I love a feminist take generally so I can’t complain about that. I read Her Body & Other Parties a couple of years back and had a difficult time with it so I recognise a lot of what you’re saying – I spent a lot of the time feeling like i was grasping at strands of a story I couldn’t quite assemble.

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    1. That’s pretty much it! It’s as if we had to accept, understand, not question anything being told and follow the flow of the story with some kind of promise that everyone will make some sense by the end of it; which, unfortunately, wasn’t that great of a finale to justify the journey! I can’t say that I’m intrigued enough to want to give Her Body and Other Parties a try someday but if the Great Lydia had issues with it, I don’t think I could survive! Thanks for reading! 😀

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  2. Damn men! If only they would all die off, then the world would be a perfect utopia!

    But don’t you worry Lashaan, it will be painless (mostly) and quick (well, kind of) and very humane (because men aren’t really human after all, right?). I’m thinking death by shopping and pedicures….

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    1. Hahah that reminds me of the Y: The Last Man comic book series (which I still need to continue and finish). Unfortunately, making men look like the devil’s minions doesn’t help any cause, if you ask me. Maybe someone who has been victim to a man might find these stories somehow empowering but the message behind such motivation is surely not one that will help make a better world for everyone…

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  3. Oh that sucks this didn’t work out. My interest perked up because I didn’t know Machado had written a comic book and I like the town name “Shudder-to-Think.” That’s really cool. Usually I’d add it to my TBR anyway but what you said it’s about doesn’t appeal to me, and I agree on the art. I’m not feeling it.

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    1. It’s her first endeavour into the comic book world and it sort of shows; a couple more stories and she’d probably get the grasp of it though. Hahah it is indeed an original name! I’m pretty impressed that my relatively negative review didn’t get you to ONCE AGAIN add something to your exploding TBR! 😛 Thanks for reading!

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  4. Your experiences with Hill House Comics seem very hit or miss so far. It’ll be interesting to see what you think of anything else they put out. I do like the color schemes in this one. The limited colors seem to work well, at least in the sample pages.

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    1. Tell me about it. I’d have wished this could’ve gotten at least a passing grade but it was a tough sale with the kind of story it was pushing for. And I agree. The colour scheme for this story is quite good. At least that’s one consistent element! Thanks for reading, Todd! 🙂


  5. I would hate to lose my memory, even if it’s of the last few hours ahah! Sorry it didn’t work out for you, though I completely understand your point! Pennsylvania definitely sounds like a great setting for a horror tale, but it is definitely not enough to compensate for poor execution and world-building!

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    1. Hahahaha I totally understand. I think it’s something we often take for granted too, the ability to remember things! I don’t want to imagine what a future where we can’t remember the past would be like. Wow. I think it would be the end of the world! Thanks for reading, Juliette! 😀

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  6. “their conflictual lesbian relationship, and the underlying feminist agenda that clearly points at men as the root of all evil” That just says it all. It reminds me of the question you asked me the other day regarding my take on writing minority characters. SOmetimes it just doesn’t fit.

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      1. Many say they read books to “get away” or to travel to a different land. If you dump an entire saltshaker of salt on your story, the reader will be drowning in it without being able to escape. Weird metaphor that probably doesn’t make sense, but it did to me when I thought of it. LOL

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