From GeekDad: Horror is often a problematic genre, with women being casually slaughtered for drama or even comedy at times, but the Hill House line has eschewed that “tradition” with a collection of strong leads – including the haunted Alice Dealey and Daphne Byrne, among others.
Unfortunately, I don’t feel like the flagship title, Basketful of Heads, has escaped the roots of the genre in the same way the other books have. June is unquestionably the lead here, but she’s also almost constantly the victim until she manages to strike back with her magic act. So much of the book is watching horrible things happen to her and waiting until she gets a lucky break. That’s definitely the case for Basketful of Heads #5, which manages to spend the entire time hyping us up for revenge that doesn’t come this issue.