This comic rides the fence between humor and horror, and I tend to find the funnier stories work better for me. The cover, for example, is pure humor with the addition of Batman TV-show sound effects. The lead story is a modern take on Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum,” with the victim a black CIA agent who is under constant suspicion by his bosses, and finally undergoes torture like that in the Poe story. No humor here, and I like the Poe version better.
The second story, a version of Poe’s “The Raven” by Linda Medley is more to my liking. Medley uses her skill with anthropomorphic animals to give us a raven who is an actor and offered the part of a tormenter of a certain poet, paid for by the father of a woman he’s courting. The only problem is it pays peanuts…literally.
Finally, the silent two-pager by Hunt Emerson of Poe vs. The Black Cat is as entertaining as ever.