And Then I Read: EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR #4

Image © Ahoy Comics. Cover art by Richard Williams. Remaining credits as shown, colors by Felipe Sobreiro and Michael Garland, letters by Rob Steen.

The first of the two main stories in this issue is not a Poe adaptation, nor is it at all scary. It is quite funny, though. A rich American of today has somehow acquired a 3,000-year-old mummy, and once he and his equally rich and equally obnoxious friend have unwrapped it, they bring it back to life with a defibrillator. That could work, right? They have an expert on ancient Egypt along to translate the mummy’s words, and soon they are taking him on a buddy road-trip tour of America. Try as they might, the mummy is very hard to impress…

The second story is a Poe adaptation, with a few twists, of one of the first detective stories, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Any frightening elements of the original have been left behind, but as a mystery it still works pretty well, and the new ending is moderately amusing.

Another fun episode by Hunt Emerson of Poe vs. the Black Cat, and a one-page text story by the always interesting Carol Lay round out the issue.

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