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‘Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #2’ (review)

Written by Mark Russell, Devin Grayson
Art by Peter Snejberg,
Chris Giarrusso & Richard Williams

Published by Ahoy Comics
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In the newspaper business we used to have a saying about photographs – does it pass the breakfast test?

As in, will this photo make you want to wretch while eating your breakfast?

“The Monster Serials: To Hell comes a Guest” is a new spin on that old chestnut.

Not because it is particularly gruesome, but its breakfast-themed humor/gimmick jumps from clever to groan-inducing with each turning page.

It does, however, feature the best metaphor for black-out drinking I’ve read outside of a Bukowski story: “Morning comes and the cruel pantomime of life begins anew.”

You know how Quentin Tarantino caught a lot of guff from Bruce Lee’s fans/family for his portrayal of the late martial artist in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood?

Ahoy Comics is wading into similar territory with its characterization of Poe on the story “A Tipple of Amontillado,” in which the great poet comes off as a bit of a sour puss. It’s a black and white tale of famous authors – Thoreau, Poe, Emerson, Osgood, Longfellow, Fuller – engaged in some verbal sparring round a dining table over their digestifs. (Most of his peers come off like jerks, too).

It ends with Poe declaring that he is quite used to being alone with his genius, then they throw dinner rolls at him.

“Seven Ravens or Nevermore” is a good little story, sort of a snapshot of a Black Mirror episode that ends before you’re let in on the secret. I’m not sure if these robotic ravens and their mysterious Ravenmaster will show up again, but I hope so.

“The Faulty Scythe” proves that even if a man cheats death his immediate concern will be any damage potentially sustained by his crotch. (You’ll see). This is the best story in the bunch this month, and I would have enjoyed seeing it illustrated in comic panels. As it stands, it’s a fun short story with a super creepy illustration of a dude facing down the Grim Reaper.

Stray thoughts:

  • Turns out the Lucky Charms leprechaun is a dick.
  • Now that it owns all things Star Wars does Disney now own any use of the word “youngling?”
  • The idea of God being disappointed with the late-career work of the Rolling Stones is pretty funny.

 

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