Connect with us
'Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Death' #1 Review
Ahoy Comics

Comic Books

‘Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death’ #1 Review

Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death is a great start to another season of humorously spooky tales.

October is here and the season of spooks has begun. Ahoy Comics are back with another installment of their anthology series, Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of…. and this time around his snifter is filled to the brim with Death. Mark Russell and Peter Snejbjerg kick the book off with another part of their “Monster Serials”. Then, Stuart Moore and Frank Cammuso bring the humorous “Evermore”. And, like all Ahoy books, there’s plenty extra prose with three pieces this time around by Kirk Vanderbeek and John Ficarra. A full snifter indeed.

Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Death #1
Ahoy Comics

The Good

Any new “Monster Serials” story is an immediate plus. Russell and Snejbjerg’s series continues to bring the laughs as much as the horror. We just recently got to talk to Russell about what it’s like writing a serious story with such a goofy premise. His writing goes so far to humanize Marquise de Cocoa that you will forget it’s a story about breakfast cereal mascots. Additionally, the artwork by Snejbjerg expertly presents the tale with a reverence you again wouldn’t expect for a cereal mascot. The script and artwork combine for a stellar story.

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!

From there, Moore and Cammuso’s “Evermore” is the perfect companion. Cartoonish and amusing, it’s such a different vibe that it immediately reminds readers why anthology books are so good in the first place. A coming of age story for Poe if you will, the short does more in six pages than many comics try to in 22.

The three prose stories all shine in their own ways. With short stories, the less said the better. They deserve to be read with no prior knowledge, at least for the first reading. More comics really should have some form of prose in them; it’s a really good thing that AHOY’s doing purely by including them. Each story does also have a fantastic illustration to go with it, which should be mentioned.

Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Death #1
Ahoy Comics

The ‘Bad’

With books like this it’s difficult to point out any negatives given how much value for money readers are getting. Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter is the perfect autumnal comic. The variety in the stories means it’s always something new and the horror vibes always go with October. Maybe that’s not for everyone, but scanning the pages for complaints does feel like looking a gift horse in the mouth.

'Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Death' #1 Review
‘Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death’ #1 Review
Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Death #1
Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death is a great start to another season of humorously spooky tales. Each story is entertaining on their own, but together this is a great coffee table comic book. There’s something for everyone.
Reader Rating0 Votes
0
Great variety
Fantastic value for money
8.5
Great

Like what we do here at AIPT? Consider supporting us and independent comics journalism by becoming a patron today! In addition to our sincere thanks, you can browse AIPT ad-free, gain access to our vibrant Discord community of patrons and staff members, get trade paperbacks sent to your house every month, and a lot more. Click the button below to get started!

Comments

In Case You Missed It

'Invasion' episode 3 'Orion' recap/review 'Invasion' episode 3 'Orion' recap/review

‘Invasion’ episode 3 ‘Orion’ recap/review

Television

'Invasion' episode 1 'Last Day' recap/review 'Invasion' episode 1 'Last Day' recap/review

‘Invasion’ episode 1 ‘Last Day’ recap/review

Television

'Invasion' episode 2 'Crash' recap/review 'Invasion' episode 2 'Crash' recap/review

‘Invasion’ episode 2 ‘Crash’ recap/review

Television

Marvel Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #77 Marvel Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #77

Marvel Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #77

Comic Books

Connect
Newsletter Signup