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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Edgar Allan Poe’s Spirits of the Dead

Posted by Geek-o-Rama Admin on 12:00 PM

This is the complete collection of Edgar Allan Poe classics adapted by master horror comics artist and Eisner Hall of Fame inductee Richard Corben.Collects all DHP stories, The Conqueror Worm, The Fall of the House of Usher #1–#2, The Raven and the Red Death, Morella and the Murders in the Rue Morgue and more.

Like many people can probably say, I was pretty intrigued by everything to do with Edgar Allan Poe.  Everything I ever read from him drew me in and had me lost in every dark and terrible tale.  These kinds of stories are practically made for being translated into comic form.  Now, for those who haven't experienced them before, Edgar Allan Poe’s Spirits of the Dead collects all the impressive adaptations by Richard Corben.

I have to be completely honest in how ashamed I am to have never read any of the individual retellings that Richard Corben did.  Fortunately, I've now had the chance to read them all in one sitting, and although I wish I had done so before, it was worth being late to the party.  This book collects all of his absolutely brilliant treatments of the Poe classics, and shows us why Corben is a master at his craft.  As they say in the intro, Edgar Allan Poe had he been around today would have seen a soul mate in Corben, and that is proven throughout this book.

If for whatever reason you've never read Poe, then this is a really good way to introduce you to his world.  Corben does so much justice to all the original short stories with his own new vision of them.  It's been a long time since I read the originals, and every single one in this book brought me back to my youth with renewed appreciation.

Along with the amazing writing in each story, Corben does an insanely good job with all the art.  There's a particular kind of look that Poe tales needs to possess, and Corben does a flawless job giving them that appearance.  Each and every morbid frame of all the stories in this collection is purposeful and intense, and is the perfect partner to complete the book.

If you enjoy Poe, then you need this book.  If you enjoy Corben, then you need this book.  If you appreciate good writing and art, or just need a good book to fill an empty spot in your shelf, you need this book.  What I'm getting at, is that you pretty much need this book and should get it as soon as possible.

For more information on Edgar Allan Poe’s Spirits of the Dead or other Dark Horse books, check out Dark Horse Comics.


Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All giddiness, comments, enthusiasm and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

Loverboys

Posted by Geek-o-Rama Admin on 9:00 AM

In the small Palomar-like town of Lagrimas, a young “loverboy” has a torrid affair with the woman who once was his seventh grade teacher, while three young girls plot to poison the populace. It’s a passionate tale as only Gilbert Hernandez, the legendary cocreator of Love and Rockets, can deliver!

Ok, so this one was definitely different.  As one who’s not real familiar with the work of Gilbert Hernandez, I had a really hard time following what was actually going on.  From what I could discern, the story is about a guy named Rocky, who happens to be a big time playa in his small town.  He’s been with quite a few women, but is now torn between his boss and his former seventh-grade teacher, Mrs. Paz.  The premise itself doesn’t sound too far-fetched, especially in this day and age, it’s just the delivery and presentation of the story that throws me off.  I mean, take the story progression for instance.  On one page you have Rocky saying something to his boss and then the next panel she’s nowhere to be seen and he’s outside with his two friends and she wasn’t even around on the previous page.  Then, two panels later, we jump to three other characters, who had nothing to do with the previous three.  One could argue that this happens all of the time in scene transitions, but there’s no indication that the scene has actually changed.  It’s like the characters just pop in and out when needed to further the story along, I’m sure that this probably isn’t the case, but for one who doesn’t follow Gilbert Hernandez, it gets very confusing.  Are any of his other books this scattered?  Perhaps I’ll have to look into that one of these days.

I’m not entirely sure what I took away from this story.  Everything just felt really stiff and awkward, both the characters and the dialogue.  I did kind of like the old comic strip look to the book, but not much else really grabbed me.  If you’ve got a more refined taste in literature then perhaps this one is for you, otherwise I can’t really recommend it to the casual reader.  If you have to re-read something a few times to figure out what happened, it’s probably not worth the purchase.

So, if you find yourself looking for a change of pace from the superhero, or horror genres then perhaps give Loverboys a go.  If not, then I’d stay away from this one as it strays away from the comfort zone of the aforementioned genres.  Like I said before, it’s definitely different.  For more info on where to find this book, visit the Dark Horse website, or the Dark Horse Facebook page.


Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tag: Deluxe Edition

Posted by Geek-o-Rama Admin on 12:00 PM

When an everyday man is “tagged” by a random stranger, he returns home and makes a horrifying discovery—his body is decomposing before his eyes, his flesh is rotting, he’s not dying...he’s dead. Now, he must make the morally challenging decision to either endure the ancient curse, or pass the plague to another.

Tag is a different take on the whole zombie genre.  The story explores the concept of zombies with a conscience, in a manner of speaking.  There’s no mass outbreak of some super virus, or the dead rising from their graves, it’s just a simple matter of passing it on to the next person who deserves it.  It’s the new form of revenge.  The story centers on Mitchell and Izumi, a couple who’s had their ups and downs and is now on the road to splitsville.  Before they could make it official, a deranged-looking man runs up and grabs onto Mitchell, saying that he’s “it”.  It isn’t until Mitchell wakes up in a hospital and that the doctors seem troubled that he’s alive, does it finally sink in that something is wrong.  Then the images start flashing in his head and the decomposing starts to set in.  While researching his condition, Mitchell comes across a blog that pretty much explained everything.  Now Mitchell faces a moral dilemma with this new found knowledge.  Usually, it’s all about surviving with this type of situation, but now we actually see someone considering to “accept his punishment”, so to speak, and become the monster that they truly are.

I liked the change of pace that this story provided.  It’s a revenge story sure, but a more supernatural sort of revenge.  These people have been given the ability to really make the person suffer.  It’s one thing to go out and gun a person down, but to turn them into a zombie, just from a touch, now there’s something they don’t see coming.  Keith Giffen has created a fresh take on the genre and it’s great to see it ever evolving instead of the same, stale ideas.  I also liked the artwork by Kody Chamberlain.  The refined line-work and flat, black shadows give the images a clean presentation amidst the subject matter.  Although similar in style, I just wasn’t as impressed with the work of Chee as I was with Kody.  There’s just something about it that I can’t quite put my finger on.  Not really anything else to complain about, so read and enjoy.

If you’re looking to branch off from the usual zombie fair, then look no further than Tag: Deluxe Edition.  You’ll find a story unlike any other you’ve read before.  No zombies hoards here, just a curse that’s transferrable with only a touch.  This is definitely not a game of tag you want to be involved with.  So, go pick up your copy today, or else you’re “it”.  For more info on where to find this book, visit the Boom! Studios website, or the Boom! Studios Facebook page.


Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this comic for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

Roche Limit 1

Posted by Geek-o-Rama Admin on 9:00 AM

Writer:
Michael Moreci
Artist:
Vic Malhotra
Publisher:
Image

Space: the final frontier. Or that's how we like to think of it anyway. Truth is, so far all we've proven is that we make leaps and then fall back into complacency, whilst a few amongst us try to convince the rest of us to take one more. Moreci and Malhotra's Roche Limit introduces us to humanity after we've taken one.

Set in a future where humanity has managed to form a colony around a celestial phenomenon that somehow hasn't destroyed them, its story is focused on those that have made their lives there and its newest addition Sonya Torin. Looking for her sister and helped rather reluctantly by the mysterious Alex Ford, Sonya quite quickly realises that the Roche colony doesn't care what she does, unless she keeps asking questions to the wrong people.

Its also apparent that there are things going on that are bigger than a simple missing relative. Secret experiments, people disappearing and unexplained objects dropping from the sky...there are so many places the story can go it's pretty exciting. Michael Moreci has talked about how this is the comic he's been waiting to write his entire life and it shows.

But none of this would be possible without Vic Malhotra. If Moreci was the architect, then it's Malhotra that turned those ideas into a living, vibrant world. There's so much going on in the background of the main characters story, mini drama's that we only get a small glimpse of. We'll never see how they end, but it makes the world feel so much more real than a lot of other comics I've seen.

In the end its still an introductory issue. We're being introduced to everyone and getting a feel for the world they live in. But what a great world it is; dangerous, seedy, fascinating.

I can't wait to delve in.

Cover image courtesy of Image.

Roche Limit is available from Comixology or your local comic retailer.



Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this comic for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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