Richard Corben seems to be on a mission to make a comic out of every Edgar Allan Poe story. So far, he has done these classic stories justice. His newest adaptation is of â€œThe Premature Burialâ€ and â€œThe Cask of Amontillado.â€ Both adaptations are as spot on as you can get.
â€œThe Premature Burialâ€ is about Lucian trying to get Victoria to sleep with him. After she rejects him he poisons her wine glass, killing her. When he digs her up he finds out she is still alive. After almost dying of fright Lucian marries Victoria but is now terrified of death. Things seem normal, but things arenâ€™t always what they seem with Poeâ€™s stories.
This is a really quick one that gets to the point at breakneck speed. What we get is a story that plays on humanityâ€™s fear of being buried alive. Unlike today where thereâ€™re machines and medicines to make sure youâ€™re dead, these didnâ€™t exist in the nineteenth century. Lucianâ€™s fear is shown in Corbenâ€™s gruesome style with hideous skeletons. Corben even managed to do justice to the ending in Poeâ€™s chilling fashion.
â€œThe Cask of Amontilladoâ€ has Montresor telling Amelia Fortunato the story of what happened when he met her husband at a carnival. What makes this story even stranger is that Montresor is telling the story in his familyâ€™s crypt.
This story may not be Poeâ€™s best, but the ending is where the best action happens. As with the previous story, Corben shows these events in some really scary images. You do get the sense of the cold, dark and scary feeling that a crypt gives off. It sets up the atmosphere nicely.
Once again, Mag the Hag is back. This time he is seen even less than in previous stories. This is a step in the right direction as it seems like Corben is realizing Mag the Hag serves no purpose to the stories.
â€œEdgar Allan Poeâ€™s The Premature Burialâ€ takes Poeâ€™s gothic style and does it justice in comic form. The two stories here are as macabre and scary as Poe intended them to be with just the right touch of Corbenâ€™s knack for freaky drawing. Now Corben has about 60 more tales to turn into comics. Poe is waiting, Corben.