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Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery: Graphic Classics    edited by Tom Pomplun order for
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery
by Tom Pomplun
Order:  USA  Can
Eureka Productions, 2011 (2011)
* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

In honor of their 10th anniversary this month, Graphic Classics is once again visiting the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the subject of their very first volume.

While I have not seen the Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe volume, I can say that their latest foray into his works, Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery contains mostly different stories from the first (although it seems The Tell-Tale Heart makes a reappearance here through a new adaptor and illustrator), and many of these are lesser known works. Also, a big difference between Volume 1 and the current Volume 21 is that the latter is in full-color, something the series started only a few years ago.

Any fan of Poe's will revel in Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery. All of the varied art styles bring Poe's works to horrifying life, each in their own way. Reno Maniquis' classical graphic novel style makes The Murders in the Rue Morgue feel like historical fiction. Brad Teare's colorful The Man of the Crowd brings with it a frantic feeling much the same as the main character's. And Anton Emdin's King Pest has a comically grotesque look that adds to the mystery and horror. However, my favorite rendering is probably that of Ronn Sutton and Benjamin Wright in The Tell-Tale Heart. Here, Poe's classic tale is brought to modern times with a punk female protagonist.

For some good chills and thrills this Halloween season, pick up Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery. The stories within may not be as scary as some, but they are all psychologically terrifying.

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