Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Edgar Allan Poe's Haunt of Horror # 1 of 3

The Raven illustrationWriters: Richard Corben, Rich Margopoulos
Artist: Richard Corben
Publisher: Marvel
Published: July 2006

All things Poe! Or Poe 4 Life! Poe or Die - no?

Marvel's limited edition series inspired by the writings of Edgar Allan Poe is a nice addition to the world of comic horror. And Richard Corben, helming this series is the perfect candidate to bring a new perspective. The artwork he delivers is gorgeous and grotesque, and his take on the Poe stories is both true to the original and uniquely fresh.

Three of Poe's tales are present in this issue: The Raven, The Sleeper, and The Conqueror Worm. After the comic adaptation, the original poem is printed. The Raven is true to form, with our 'hero' tormented by the Raven, only this time Corben shows a visual depiction of a possible past and reason for his descent into madness. The Sleeper tale follows a Priest as he battles it out with some ghouls. The Conqueror Worm maintains it's theme of never ending despair, but it is now set in a futuristic world where food and prosperity is a scarce resource. The worms bring life to the citizens of one city, but the cost is humans are food for the worms. YUM!

With Poe stories having been around for almost 200 years, it is a great that these type of series are being created. By adding and subtracting to the original works and presenting them in a different medium, Poe is reinvented/refreshed and kept in the lime light - where greats such as he belong.


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