Edgar Allan Poe is back with another snifter full of death. This month, he turns his attention towards classic monsters with “Gore of Frankenstein” by Tom Peyer and Greg Scott. Outside of that main story, there is “Annabel’s Leech” by Bryce Abood and Rick Geary, the prose story ‘Horrpilation’ by Kirk Vanderbeek, a single page comic by Norm Fields and Joel Ojeda, as well as prose from both Bryce Ingman and Stuart Moore. Not bad for a single comic book.
At this stage in the game, Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter should be easily understood. It’s probably the best anthology comic available today. There’s never been an issue where any of the included stories don’t live up to Ahoy standards, and there probably never will be.
Peyer and Scott’s “Gore of Frankenstein” is a classic Snifter tale. It hits all the notes expected of the book and at the same time it throws in a few surprises. Seeing the classic Universal monsters represented by way of Poe by way of Peyer is a near perfect way to start the issue. It’s funny, but there’s more to it than just a laugh. Scott’s artwork is fantastic too, with Lee Loughridge’s colours being the icing on the cake.
Annabel’s “Leech” is a standout story this month for Rick Geary’s art style. It’s immediately striking. On top of that, the story is great too. Like with the previous story, this one also feels like a classic Snifter tale. The series may have only existed for a year or so by now, but already the book has a distinct ‘feeling’ for an anthology.
Each extra shines in its own way as well. Vanderbeek’s prose is always good to the point where it’s becoming a feature of some Ahoy books. This issue boasts prose from Bryce Ingman and Stuart Moore which is great for the collectors and fans out there.
What’s not to like? Again, when it comes to Poe’s Snifter, looking for any negatives is a bit like scouring the text as if you’re Dupin with a comically large magnifying glass. If anything, this series has set a high bar for itself. One that it’s never fallen short of, but perhaps also one it has never truly pushed beyond either.
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