Mashing up Poe’s story, “The Fall of the House of Usher” with the American presidency seemed like a funny idea. Unfortunately, I found it only mildly amusing. Roderick Usher is president, elected on a liberal agenda, but is soon floundering in corruption. A liberal reporter, our narrator, is invited to stay in The White House to interview Usher, and is soon embroiled in criminal doings himself, at the urging of the First Lady. Most disappointingly, the White House itself does not actually fall into a pit. Oh, well.
The backup story, chapter two of “Le Duc de L’Omelette” is a surreal contest between the devil and a poet/writer. Nice painted art by Lee Carter, but the story makes little sense to me.
Even Hunt Emerson’s “Black Cat” two-pager wasn’t too amusing, though at least Hunt knows how to tell a story.