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Travelling near the edge of the Brokilon forest, monster hunter Geralt meets a widowed fisherman whose dead and murderous wife resides in a eerie mansion known as the House of Glass, which seems to have endless rooms, nothing to fill them with, and horror around every corner.


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Travelling near the edge of the Brokilon forest, monster hunter Geralt meets a widowed fisherman whose dead and murderous wife resides in a eerie mansion known as the House of Glass, which seems to have endless rooms, nothing to fill them with, and horror around every corner.

30 review for House of Glass

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars Truthfully, I thought this would be a crappy cash-grab due to the new Netflix show (but this was published in 2014) or an equally crappy cash-grab due to the popularity of the video games. I'm glad I decided to give it a try because it was neither. It was actually a pretty good self-contained Witcher story. Don't get me wrong, this isn't your next must-read comic. Far from it. But it is exactly what I would have expected from a fantasy comic based off of the Witcher series. Geralt fights a 3.5 stars Truthfully, I thought this would be a crappy cash-grab due to the new Netflix show (but this was published in 2014) or an equally crappy cash-grab due to the popularity of the video games. I'm glad I decided to give it a try because it was neither. It was actually a pretty good self-contained Witcher story. Don't get me wrong, this isn't your next must-read comic. Far from it. But it is exactly what I would have expected from a fantasy comic based off of the Witcher series. Geralt fights a cool monster...and there's a twist. The End. The art was nice and the plot was better than I expected. Recommended for fans of The Witcher.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Geralt of Rivia is The Witcher, a magical warrior who wanders the generic fantasy realm of Whatever. Here he teams up with a hunter who’s haunted by his wife who’s a vampire. They get lost in the woods and decide to hole up in a house made of glass. They doss about until they don’t. What do people like about The Witcher? No idea! If you’ve ever played RPGs, there are two prominent character types you can choose to play as: the barbarian and the mage. The barbarian is physically strong but vulner Geralt of Rivia is The Witcher, a magical warrior who wanders the generic fantasy realm of Whatever. Here he teams up with a hunter who’s haunted by his wife who’s a vampire. They get lost in the woods and decide to hole up in a house made of glass. They doss about until they don’t. What do people like about The Witcher? No idea! If you’ve ever played RPGs, there are two prominent character types you can choose to play as: the barbarian and the mage. The barbarian is physically strong but vulnerable to ranged attacks and magic; the mage is powerful at magic but physically weak and vulnerable to close-range attackers. Both have pros and cons and you can have radically different stories playing as either - that was the fun of the choice. Geralt is both a barbarian and a mage. He’s got the best of both worlds. So he’s basically invincible, which always makes for a boring story, but it doesn’t help that he’s also featuring in a boring story. Almost nothing happens in the house of glass. Occasionally a monster will appear for invincible Geralt to easily kill, then it’s back to hearing the dull characters blather on about nothing worth hearing. Maybe some people will like Geralt’s gruff demeanour but for me it was the final nail in the coffin of ever liking this unremarkable character. The hunter, the succubus, everyone else - meh. Joe Querio’s murky, blurry art and Paul Tobin’s dull story did nothing for me. Geralt and the world of The Witcher just seem copy and pasted from every fantasy story I’ve ever read - just why this should be the one to be a pop culture hit is mystifying. I guess if you’re a fan of this crap then you’ll get more out of it than I did but I found The Witcher: House of Glass to be instantly forgettable, unimpressive poo comics.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Surprisingly good. Video game comics tend to be crap, but Tobin crafts a creepy. dark world that works. I'm not familiar with The Witcher video games but this book holds it own. I actually liked it well enough that I'll probably check out the game. Our Witcher Geralt comes across a lonely fisherman who becomes Geralt's travel companion. They travel into some dark woods and come across a house that they can't seem to escape. Surprisingly good. Video game comics tend to be crap, but Tobin crafts a creepy. dark world that works. I'm not familiar with The Witcher video games but this book holds it own. I actually liked it well enough that I'll probably check out the game. Our Witcher Geralt comes across a lonely fisherman who becomes Geralt's travel companion. They travel into some dark woods and come across a house that they can't seem to escape.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caro the Helmet Lady

    OK, it's not Sapkowski, sure thing, but it was quite, quite enjoyable. It contained a lot of elements from the Witcher stories, such as the power of the curse, evil magical creatures and sexy babes. Did I say sexy babes? Well, I was going to say creepy sexy babes, but whatever. So I can say Paul Tobin did his homework really well, I am definitely looking forward to next volumes in series. Witcher forever!!!! OK, it's not Sapkowski, sure thing, but it was quite, quite enjoyable. It contained a lot of elements from the Witcher stories, such as the power of the curse, evil magical creatures and sexy babes. Did I say sexy babes? Well, I was going to say creepy sexy babes, but whatever. So I can say Paul Tobin did his homework really well, I am definitely looking forward to next volumes in series. Witcher forever!!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole aka FromReading2Dreaming

    Though I am not the biggest fan of the art style, the story is amazing and I highly recommend it to fans of the video games and fantasy. Two major takeaways I got from this book are: 1. The art style isn't the greatest, I much prefer art styles in Saga, it is very simple in my opinion. I'd prefer more detail and better details for the eyes. I have seen worse, though, and at least it's not that fucking bad. 2. The story is a great one. At the beginning, it is very dry, as Geralt is very serious an Though I am not the biggest fan of the art style, the story is amazing and I highly recommend it to fans of the video games and fantasy. Two major takeaways I got from this book are: 1. The art style isn't the greatest, I much prefer art styles in Saga, it is very simple in my opinion. I'd prefer more detail and better details for the eyes. I have seen worse, though, and at least it's not that fucking bad. 2. The story is a great one. At the beginning, it is very dry, as Geralt is very serious and doesn't talk much, but toward the end, it is full of action and has a plot twist that is kinda obvious but is very interesting to see play out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maedeh (aka Maya)

    (view spoiler)[Just Geralt of Rivia defending victims of domestic abuse using a sword and lots of signs, what's not to like? (hide spoiler)] Also, this is the first comic I've ever read so I didn't really know what to expect but it was enjoyable. (view spoiler)[Just Geralt of Rivia defending victims of domestic abuse using a sword and lots of signs, what's not to like? (hide spoiler)] Also, this is the first comic I've ever read so I didn't really know what to expect but it was enjoyable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alice-Elizabeth (Prolific Reader Alice)

    So, my boyfriend George read this last year and raved about it. Personally, I was a bit hesitant since the content in the illustrations were quite graphic at times. However, it gave me the creeps and ticked all of the spooky boxes for me. The pacing was quick and the range of settings atmospheric. The Witcher is called Geralt finds a lone fisherman one day and wants him to be his travel buddy. Both of them stumble onto this manor house from hell, that seems to want to trap both of them in its gr So, my boyfriend George read this last year and raved about it. Personally, I was a bit hesitant since the content in the illustrations were quite graphic at times. However, it gave me the creeps and ticked all of the spooky boxes for me. The pacing was quick and the range of settings atmospheric. The Witcher is called Geralt finds a lone fisherman one day and wants him to be his travel buddy. Both of them stumble onto this manor house from hell, that seems to want to trap both of them in its grasp. Although the plotline did feel a little hard to follow at times, it was still a good read! T/W- Blood, Gore, Violence Read for Simsathon, challenge square- Build A House

  8. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Really good art style and a quick read that I quite enjoyed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Sapphic Nerd

    I really enjoyed this. It fits right into the world of The Witcher as one of Geralt's creepier adventures. I love the way the mystery unfolds, the suspense, and the twist. And a succubus is always fun. I believe this classifies as horror, but as someone who doesn't tend to read horror, it doesn't feel too much like a scary book. But I don't spook easily. Take that as you will. The lineart is simple (not in a bad way), and the colours go well with the tone of the book. It's certainly not something I really enjoyed this. It fits right into the world of The Witcher as one of Geralt's creepier adventures. I love the way the mystery unfolds, the suspense, and the twist. And a succubus is always fun. I believe this classifies as horror, but as someone who doesn't tend to read horror, it doesn't feel too much like a scary book. But I don't spook easily. Take that as you will. The lineart is simple (not in a bad way), and the colours go well with the tone of the book. It's certainly not something I'd call "ugly", but I won't praise it either. It works for the book and I'm fine with it. Anyway. It's a good read. It's accessible to people who know nothing about The Witcher world, it's intriguing, and it plays out in a pretty cool way. If you want a taste of The Witcher, give this a try.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    I know nothing about the video game world in which this story is set (or anything about any video games at all, truth be told), but I enjoyed reading it very much. It's very much an homage to Mignola in both art and plotting style, and there are some seriously creepy and engrossing sequences. Kept me guessing right up to the end. It's a very enjoyable book! I know nothing about the video game world in which this story is set (or anything about any video games at all, truth be told), but I enjoyed reading it very much. It's very much an homage to Mignola in both art and plotting style, and there are some seriously creepy and engrossing sequences. Kept me guessing right up to the end. It's a very enjoyable book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    RG

    Normally this kind of story for me is left in novel form. However this surprised me. Very good fantasy story in graphic form. Cool art cool story and great action.

  12. 4 out of 5

    .*•. ☾ sephia ☾ .•*.

    I really loved the art style in this comic and it fit with the theme, however I did not care about the stories at all. They were bland and boring and it just didn’t click in place for me. The speech was weird and it was really hard to get into. It was jarring and some stuff didn’t make sense. And I just didn’t enjoy the stories and I honestly don’t think I will remember much about them. It really made me appreciate the tv show and how even though it still is set in those old times, it’s still in I really loved the art style in this comic and it fit with the theme, however I did not care about the stories at all. They were bland and boring and it just didn’t click in place for me. The speech was weird and it was really hard to get into. It was jarring and some stuff didn’t make sense. And I just didn’t enjoy the stories and I honestly don’t think I will remember much about them. It really made me appreciate the tv show and how even though it still is set in those old times, it’s still interesting from a modern audiences perspective. I just didn’t like the script! And also I’m not sure if they had different artists at different parts of the books but the geralt from the start drastically changed to the geralt near the middle of the book. I thought it might have been due to time, and him training to change his appearance but throughout the book the art style kept changing. I totally don’t mind this, and makes it not stagnant whilst reading the comic, but I wasn’t sure if it was deliberate and is never explained so it just took me out of it a bit. Also the story kept chopping and changing, and stopping at random points in the story. And the stories were all from different time periods and hardly had any links, I just didn’t like that there was no explanation. I overall enjoyed it, but I just thought the story and text was bland and didn’t like it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Orrin Grey

    When it comes to comics based on video games, you never really know what to expect, especially since I'm entirely unfamiliar with the property. But this had art by Joe Querio and a Mike Mignola cover and the setting seemed intriguing. I wasn't disappointed. The story could easily have become crass and exploitative in the recent "gritty" video game vein, but Paul Tobin kept it readable and made Geralt a more-than-usually affable take on the typical hero of this sort of tale. Querio's art is beaut When it comes to comics based on video games, you never really know what to expect, especially since I'm entirely unfamiliar with the property. But this had art by Joe Querio and a Mike Mignola cover and the setting seemed intriguing. I wasn't disappointed. The story could easily have become crass and exploitative in the recent "gritty" video game vein, but Paul Tobin kept it readable and made Geralt a more-than-usually affable take on the typical hero of this sort of tale. Querio's art is beautifully suited to this kind of stuff, and his takes on several of the monsters were very creepy. Solidly done, and if there's another volume, I'd happily read more!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashes

    Sure, I'm biased. I just missed the Witcher (the books, not the show). I reread the series this year but I needed something new. House of Glass may be from 2014, but it's the first time I'm reading it, and I've got to say I enjoyed both the story and the art. On to The Witcher, Vol. 2: Fox Children! Sure, I'm biased. I just missed the Witcher (the books, not the show). I reread the series this year but I needed something new. House of Glass may be from 2014, but it's the first time I'm reading it, and I've got to say I enjoyed both the story and the art. On to The Witcher, Vol. 2: Fox Children!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Renegade ♥

    4 to 4 1/2 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. House of Glass Okay normally anything Witcher related gets 5/5 because I truly just love the whole world of it. The only thing I took of one star for is the Succubus and her story line in this volume. It was a great 5th character but I just didn’t feel a strong story with her. But I wanted there to be one. Nonetheless I loved the foreshadowing and the insanity that Jakob had driven himself to.. as well as the curse that Marta had wrapped herself up in. I also really enjoy Geralt’s consistency wit House of Glass Okay normally anything Witcher related gets 5/5 because I truly just love the whole world of it. The only thing I took of one star for is the Succubus and her story line in this volume. It was a great 5th character but I just didn’t feel a strong story with her. But I wanted there to be one. Nonetheless I loved the foreshadowing and the insanity that Jakob had driven himself to.. as well as the curse that Marta had wrapped herself up in. I also really enjoy Geralt’s consistency with not taking human lives and trying his best to not be the decider of anyone’s fate as in this comic he only kills two beasts in self defence. His complexity of mutant identity remains which I truly love! Can’t wait to read the rest of these.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. The art is not exactly my style but I think it translates and complements the story and the characters quite well. Even if it isn't Sapkowski, they managed to recreate his essence in this tale so much that it reminded me of his short stories. Also, I love it every time Geralt discusses about love and feelings. This comic contains recurring themes from the books so it felt connected to me, which it didn't expect to be honest. I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. The art is not exactly my style but I think it translates and complements the story and the characters quite well. Even if it isn't Sapkowski, they managed to recreate his essence in this tale so much that it reminded me of his short stories. Also, I love it every time Geralt discusses about love and feelings. This comic contains recurring themes from the books so it felt connected to me, which it didn't expect to be honest.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cam Wolfe

    Full video review and discussion - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Etcq... This was a super fun and quick read, that satisfies that Witcher itch before season 2 of the show drops. Full video review and discussion - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Etcq... This was a super fun and quick read, that satisfies that Witcher itch before season 2 of the show drops.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Youssef Almkari

    Was not expecting to like this as much as I did. But the dialog is witcher gold. I can see this being a side quest in the witcher 3 video game. Loved it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pardis Ahmadi

    loved the artworks and the fact that it's completely based on my favorite videos game. loved the artworks and the fact that it's completely based on my favorite videos game.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    I'm not use to reading and reviewing graphic novels but I really want to step out of my comfort zone and discover this (for me) new world of comics and graphic novels. To this day I've read maybe five Marvel comics and few mangas from Naruto and Death Note. And yes if I'm going to break the wall to the land of graphic novels... heck yeah I'm gonna start with those Witcher ones! :D Ok so to the actual review... the drawing style was nice, nothing to complain about... maybe just... I would prefer m I'm not use to reading and reviewing graphic novels but I really want to step out of my comfort zone and discover this (for me) new world of comics and graphic novels. To this day I've read maybe five Marvel comics and few mangas from Naruto and Death Note. And yes if I'm going to break the wall to the land of graphic novels... heck yeah I'm gonna start with those Witcher ones! :D Ok so to the actual review... the drawing style was nice, nothing to complain about... maybe just... I would prefer more details in the face area but that's optional and nothing necessary. It was really quick, the story was great, I laughed once or twice and Geralt is amazing character as always.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diz

    If you liked the video game, you'll probably like this. It reads very much like one of the game's immersive side missions. The story focuses on love, obsession, and revenge, and it throws in a large dose of weirdness. There is a good mix of creatures presented, and not all of them are adversarial, which adds a bit of interest to the story. If you liked the video game, you'll probably like this. It reads very much like one of the game's immersive side missions. The story focuses on love, obsession, and revenge, and it throws in a large dose of weirdness. There is a good mix of creatures presented, and not all of them are adversarial, which adds a bit of interest to the story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

    I picked this book up for two reasons, despite one very big issue. The issue is that I have yet to find an instance of The Witcher that doesn’t make me roll my eyes and sigh, I have tried to read the books but never made it very far and the games have been very middle ground in terms of enjoyment. So why pick it up? Well one, I was getting some books ready to be shelved and it was right there, it literally required no effort to check it out, and two because of the artist. I really like Hellboy’s I picked this book up for two reasons, despite one very big issue. The issue is that I have yet to find an instance of The Witcher that doesn’t make me roll my eyes and sigh, I have tried to read the books but never made it very far and the games have been very middle ground in terms of enjoyment. So why pick it up? Well one, I was getting some books ready to be shelved and it was right there, it literally required no effort to check it out, and two because of the artist. I really like Hellboy’s style, and since this has the same style I figured I’d at least enjoy that portion. So did House of Glass do anything to change my overall opinion of the franchise? In short, no. However, it also didn’t do anything to bring it down farther, so that in itself is a win! House of Glass sets us directly in the middle of the overall Witcher world and story, which unfortunately means that there is almost no backstory on what a Witcher s or who Geralt is. I do have some of that info thanks to other the other media, but I don’t think this would not be a good introduction to the world at large for someone unfamiliar. That aside the story itself is fairly contained and easy to follow, and you can suss out the basics of what a Witcher does. I will say I really love dark fantasy and I love that the Witcher franchise takes ideas that are not typically grimdark and makes them something that would haunt you. So in that aspect, it is pretty good, I love the weird creatures that are in this one and am all for more fantasy like this. I think where this sort of fails is the lack of characterization for Geralt. This is a running issue for the Witcher franchise with me. I just want him to have a personality, but he just doesn’t. All throughout this he just relies on the fact that he is a Witcher and therefore different than most humans, which is fair since Witcher’s apparently are lacking in the emotional range department but damn that doesn’t mean he has to be a cardboard cutout either. It’s just hard to get into a story when the main character is one that you don’t feel anything for and already know will be fine, because he’s just the basic outline of a man’s man hero. The artwork, however, is a solid win for me. I love Joe Querio’s work on the Hellboy books and think it works well for this one. It has really hard outlines and lots of condensed shadow work that just makes the details pop and really hones in on that creepiness that the heart of the story. Overall, I don’t really feel too much one way or the other for this one. It’s perfectly fine, but it definitely could have been better. I’ll definitely be moving on to the next volume with the hopes of some added character depth.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sans

    My first ever foray in to The Witcher. Weird but interesting.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Graham

    Very well written, there is alot to unpack in its pages and I almost wish it had been given more time to explore different aspects of the house. Marta is the stand out chacarter despite lurking in the shadows for much of the story. And Geralt is his usual self and gets up to everything one would expect him to in this TP.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Celine

    Well, that was underwhelming as hell. I was excited because more Witcher content! Yeah! But then the people writing this couldn't even get their witcher facts straight, nor was the story all that interesting, and I'm just left very very disappointed Well, that was underwhelming as hell. I was excited because more Witcher content! Yeah! But then the people writing this couldn't even get their witcher facts straight, nor was the story all that interesting, and I'm just left very very disappointed

  27. 4 out of 5

    Benji Glaab

    It's a nice self contained story that could be plugged anywhere into the Witcher timeline. Stays true to the games in that all the side quests etc. Are so open ended also!!! I've been on a bit of a Witcher kick this last few months taking in the Netflix series and the 3rd game on Nintendo Switch. I'll be taking in the audio books very soon. It's a nice self contained story that could be plugged anywhere into the Witcher timeline. Stays true to the games in that all the side quests etc. Are so open ended also!!! I've been on a bit of a Witcher kick this last few months taking in the Netflix series and the 3rd game on Nintendo Switch. I'll be taking in the audio books very soon.

  28. 5 out of 5

    47Time

    Even though Geralt fights monsters of all sorts here, he has a pretty light-hearted attitude. He cracks jokes every once in a while to lighten the mood after decapitating a deadly creature out for his blood. When things become dangerous he mostly broods. He does the same when the topic of conversation turns to love. I should play the games again to remember how he behaved then, but I must say his attitude in this story is quite enjoyable. The dialogue is smart in general, sometimes filled with i Even though Geralt fights monsters of all sorts here, he has a pretty light-hearted attitude. He cracks jokes every once in a while to lighten the mood after decapitating a deadly creature out for his blood. When things become dangerous he mostly broods. He does the same when the topic of conversation turns to love. I should play the games again to remember how he behaved then, but I must say his attitude in this story is quite enjoyable. The dialogue is smart in general, sometimes filled with innuendo - that's something you rarely see in fantasy comics. It's worth reading for that alone, wherer you're a Witcher fan or not. Geralt meets a hunter named Jakob Ornstein. After Geralt saves his life from a drowner, shares a meal and hunts with him, Jakob joins the witcher and leaves his wife Marta behind. She was changed into a vampire and has haunted him for the last 9 years. Jakob and Geralt become trapped in a maze in the forest. They are guided to a strage house by birds that follow Marta around. They are trapped by the forest creatures, so they must find a way to escape while also dealing with Marta. (view spoiler)[While Jakob looks for his wife, Geralt is accosted by a succubus named Vara who claims they are all trapped in the house. Marta rejons them initially in a threatening pose, but tells Geralt the truth about her marriage with Jakob. He was abusive, so Marta never loved him, instead falling for the blacksmith. When Jakob found out he went mad, killed the blacksmith and started seeing his wife as tainted. Eventually he killed her as well, but not before she cursed him and every moment they ever shared. Back in the present Marta asks Geralt to kill Jakob, but is refused. Jakob confirms her story when he accuses Geralt of sleeping with Marta, becomes enraged and attacks. Geralt still doesn't kill Jakob, but leaves him defenseless in the forest, providing Marta with the justice she desired. Jakob's soul is claimed by the forest's many deadly creatures. (hide spoiler)]

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Witcher be witchin'. I'm a pretty big fan of Geralt in both his original book series, and the video game. Unfortunately, this book doesn't quite reach my expectations, starting with the art. The introduction speaks about paying homage to CD Projekt Red, the game developer's, love of Mike Mignola's (Hellboy) art. Joe Querio's art is striking, particularly when dealing with the monstrous creature's Geralt faces, but well, Geralt's face. That's a problem. Somehow, Geralt's face, in particular, seem Witcher be witchin'. I'm a pretty big fan of Geralt in both his original book series, and the video game. Unfortunately, this book doesn't quite reach my expectations, starting with the art. The introduction speaks about paying homage to CD Projekt Red, the game developer's, love of Mike Mignola's (Hellboy) art. Joe Querio's art is striking, particularly when dealing with the monstrous creature's Geralt faces, but well, Geralt's face. That's a problem. Somehow, Geralt's face, in particular, seems to be an afterthought, often lost in shadows or even nonexistent. This is presumably meant for artistic effect, but the effect was lost on me. The story follows Geralt finding a fisherman with whom he seeks friendly conversation and a swig of wine after a long journey. The fisherman tells him of the tragedy of his wife who is now a murderous monster who lures the pair to the cursed House of Glass. Geralt must solve the mystery of the house and its mistress or become the latest victim. House of Glass is fairly typical of Geralt's smaller adventures within the other mediums he inhabits. It also introduces a couple of new characters for Geralt to play off of with his dry sense of wit, which Tobin captures with ease. But overall, it's not a groundbreaking story or characters to make it a must-read for Witcher fans.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Taddow

    This was my first Witcher comic and I found it quite enjoyable. The story was intriguing. A mystery that had me hooked till the end and fit in nicely with what I expected from a Witcher story. The art, while seeming too simple at times, captured the mood of the setting.

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