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Poe, Volume 1 Written and Illustrated by Jason Asala Dogstar Press, 1998 Alcohol, angels, witches, crazy people, secret societies, magic, demons, death – all in one story. Poe was the first independent comic I ever read, back in 1997. I saw the first issue on the comic rack, and having just read “The Cask of Amontillado” in my Language [...]

poePoe, Volume 1
Written and Illustrated by Jason Asala
Dogstar Press, 1998

Alcohol, angels, witches, crazy people, secret societies, magic, demons, death – all in one story.

Poe was the first independent comic I ever read, back in 1997. I saw the first issue on the comic rack, and having just read “The Cask of Amontillado” in my Language Arts the year before and being totally hooked on the literary great. In 2000, when I went to university, I learned that I had picked up the first issue of the ongoing series, and that there was a 6-issue mini-series that preceded it. I ordered it, and was enthralled. I was happy to find more Poe from Jason Asala, as the ongoing ceased with issue #25. Poe is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. He’s half in the bottle and the angel Israfel appears to him and offers him the chance to have Lenore back in his life. Poe embarks on a quest to defeat twelve earthly demons. He picks up a black cat named Pluto along the way, a doctor, and a monk. Together, they set out to conquer the twelve demons in a most haphazard way.

Asala clearly has a great grasp on all things Poe. He weaves trivia about the author himself to allusions and characters from his stories into a larger narrative that, hopefully, is not to end us Poe’s real life did – lying delirious in a gutter in Baltimore. Asala’s art contributes incredibly to the book – and his term for it, Gray-o-vision is apparent and unique among artists in the medium. The shadowing and use of artistic allusions is masterful – such as Edgar peering through a hole in a brick wall at one point in the mini-series.

I never did read past issue 3 of the ongoing, but I’m going to track the 25 issues of the ongoing down and spend a day catching up. It ranks in my top 10 series of all time, and is probably my favorite independent ongoing ever. Copies of the mini-series trade are still around, such as at Amazon.com (but ask your LCS first!).

To discuss.


Posted originally: 2007-04-06 11:24:47
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