“Possessions Volume 3: The Better House Trap” was my first foray into the “Possessions” series overall, and what an introduction it was. I can appreciate dark humor done well and supernatural creatures who are inherently evil yet still embody some chaotic silliness. This volume has plenty of both, and it made me chuckle many times while reading it.
This volume focuses on Gurgazon’s attempts to break out of a house that mystically confines her (or him? I’m not sure of the demon’s gender, but Gurgazon’s inside the body of what seems to be a little girl, so I’m going with “she”) among a number of supernatural misfits. Gurgazon seems to be some mischievous demon in a kid’s body bent on destroying things, including the world. But Gurgazon realizes that the others don’t share her passion and has to make some odd amends in order to get the group to follow her. All of the supernatural creatures attempting to free themselves share one enemy in common – the Butler, who seems to be a suave, cool guy, but ends up getting caught in a trap set by Gurgazon.
The supporting characters have their charming attributes as well. The poltergeist that spells things out; a headless ghost who likes to sew and urges Gurgazon to wear cute things. Add in a talking jukebox and floating essence of ectoplasm, and you have quite the diverse bunch.
The larger question this volume answers is how (or whether) these creatures end up getting out of the house and whether or not the Butler ends up getting out of the trap. For that, you’ll have to read it to find out, but it’s an interesting, hilarious journey. There are a lot of fun one liners, humorous pauses, and dastardly dark plots for the reader to laugh along the journey. I think for people who haven’t read this series yet, or for those who are already established fans of it, it should make for a wonderful ride, one that I’m more than happy to jump on for the volumes to come.
Overall score: 4/5
Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Oni Press.