Daily Archives: July 14, 2009

Poe and He in Motion

Poe #1
Writer: J. Barton Mitchell
Artist: Dean Kotz
Colors: Digikore Studios
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Cover artists: Declan Shalvey/Jeffrey Spokes
Editor: Matt Gagnon
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Price: $3.99 US

As I began to read this comic book, I feared that it might demand that its audience be familiar with the full bibliography of the title character’s writings and his life story. As I’m almost two decades removed from my 19th Century American Lit class, my current level of information abut Edgar Allan Poe is far from exhaustive. Fortunately, one’s able to appreciate this supernatural detective story even if one’s only passing familiar with Poe’s past. Writer J. Barton Mitchell takes the tragedy of Poe’s later years and transforms him into a haunted soul, literally. Despite the darker aspects of the main character, this book is actually quite a bit of fun, as the creators offer up something more akin to a cross between Sherlock Holmes and B.P.R.D..

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