Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Richard Corben
Artist: Richard Corben
Release Date: 30th October 2013
Richard Corben brings us a little Poe! Don’t be put off if you haven’t read any Edgar Allen Poe, though, as what we have here is a pretty accessible little one-shot that will entertain, even if you are not familiar with the source material.
Simply put, this a short adaptation of two of Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous works, namely his poem ‘The Raven’ and his short story ‘The Masque of The Red Death’. Poe’s work is not re-printed here in its entirety though. These are abbreviated tellings of the tales, with some dialogue added for clarity, but even though both interpretations may cut a few corners to fit within the confines of a single comic book, the execution still works brilliantly.
Looks-wise, ‘The Raven & The Red Death’ doesn’t really set itself apart from most other horror comics, but writer and artist Richard Corben is no stranger to the macabre, and his style suits these stories very well, blending the dark and sinister scenes with fun, slightly over-the-top interpretations of the characters.
It is clear that a little familiarity may help some readers, especially in the case of ‘The Raven’. I would highly recommend reading ‘The Raven’ and ‘The Masque of The Red Death’ anyway, as both can be easily found online, and it is fun to see how Corben has visualised the central characters compared to how you imagine them when you read the original works. If you choose not to read the source material, however, you should still enjoy this.
The writer of this piece was: Alan Shields (aka Al)
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