Review – Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #1 & 2 (Ahoy Comics)

Publisher: Ahoy Comics
Creative Team: Paul Cornell, Russ Braun, Andy Troy, Dean Motter, Julie Barclay, Brendan Mallory, Rob Steen, Matthew Sharpe Molly Stanard, Reed Beebe, Ed Catto, Scott Morse, Mark Russell, Peter Snejbjerg, Ole Comoll, Devin Grayson, Chris Giarrusso, Richard Williams, Tasha Lowe-Newsome, Bryce Ingman, Daniel Schoeneck
Release Date: Issue #2 on sale 18th November 2020

An irreverent reimagining of one of literature’s greats, Snifter of Blood continues on from its predecessor Snifter of Terror, hosted by none other than Edgar Allan Poe, bringing us a wealth of blood curdling stories that will make your nerves tingle and your flesh crawl – albeit with tongue planted firmly in cheek in many cases.

I’ll admit that I am way behind with this series. Somehow I managed to not only miss the first issue of Snifter of Blood, but also the first two volumes of this series, and that is something I will be rectifying very soon.

This publication is good. Really good. It reminds me of the anthology series comics of my childhood and early teens. It has the black sense of humour you’d expect from titles like Creepy Presents, Tales From The Crypt, or Scream, while also containing some quality moments of horror. There’s a good mixture of both comic and prose stories which showcases some great talent, and the differing styles and tones both in the artwork and writing make it a varied and interesting read.

Now as I’m covering both the first and second issue here, I can’t reasonably give you a breakdown of every entry we’re presented with, but a few of the stories really stood out for me:

“The Black Dog”, is a retelling of the classic Black Cat, from the perspective of a faithful dog desperate to please his master in spite of every cruelty perpetrated upon him and blissfully ignorant of the horrors unfolding around him. For me there was an interesting mixture of humour, horror and some genuine moments of heartbreak in the dog’s narrative. The artwork is really good throughout, being very much of the style that I remember from aforementioned the horror anthologies of my childhood, but with a humorous twist that balances the horror really well, bringing the whole thing together nicely.

“Finally” is a short story about two damaged souls and their fear of being touched both physically and emotionally. It is a very short story but something in it just grabbed my attention and I’ve already reread it a couple of times. I can’t really tell you too much because it’s barely a side of A4 and that would ruin the experience, but it is definitely worth your time.

However, “The Monster Serials – To Hell Comes A Guest” is by far my favourite entry in the series so far and is an incredibly strange twist on the classic monster stories, with our traditional protagonists/antagonists presented as their breakfast cereal counterparts. I think that this is the only serialised (sorry, couldn’t help myself) entry in the books so far, and it’s one that I think could stand on its own two feet outside of this collection somewhat similar to the way Rebellion have taken stories from the pages of 2000AD such as Stickleback, Black Max or The Dracula Files, and released them as their own collected stories.

This could easily have become quite a farcical story but I actually found it to be rather well done. There is an almost Lewis Carroll-like feel to the way the characters are presented and it certainly has the feel of one of the old Richard Corben and Kelley Jones era horror comics that I grew up with. While there is certainly a sense of humour in the story, it does have a very well-formed dramatic narrative behind it which, coupled with the excellent artwork, means that for me, it may be worth the price of the issue just to keep reading this one story.

With huge apologies to Ahoy Comics and the vast creative team behind this project for being so late to the game, I really would recommend you pick up a copy of this series, as well as delving into the back issues as there’s plenty to keep you going while you’re waiting for the next instalment.

Rating: 4/5.


The writer of this piece was: Mark Scott
Mark Tweets from @macoy_comicgeek ‏

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