Edgar Allen Poe's The Conqueror Worm #1

Edgar Allen Poe's The Conqueror Worm #1

Writer: Richard Corben Artist: Richard Corben Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: November 21, 2012 Critic Reviews: 4
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A horrifying adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic by comics legend, Richard Corben. A betrayed man hunts down his wife and her lover only to stumble upon a gruesome puppet show based on his life.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Zack Davisson Dec 5, 2012

    Because Richard Corben is awesome, and does everything exactly right, he includes the full text of Poe's The Conqueror Worm at the end of this comic, along with an amazing sketch gallery that shows the master at work. The sketch gallery is truly eye-opening -- we got something like this in Ragemoor, but it never ceases to amaze me to see just what an incredible draftsman Corben is. He doesn't start drawing in his famous style. Instead, he produces these photo-realistic figures that he slowly devolves and exaggerates, step by step, until we are left with the grotesque monstrosities that Corben is so renowned for. I have been following Corben for decades, and it isn't until these Dark Horse comics that I realized what a deliberate process he goes through to create his world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Nov 22, 2012

    With a strong sense of tragic irony and an exaggerated flair for the dramatic, Richard Corben delivers a truly terrifying interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Conqueror Worm." By staying true to the source material, Corben brings a sense off surrealism to Poe's work. Admirers of Poe cannot deny how Corben's artistic style provides a memorable picture of the literary genius like no other. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz Nov 20, 2012

    I had fun reading this comic, but there were also the gruesome parts that made me cringe. Corben is good at his shock value, but doesn't do it in an obtuse or unnecessary way. I liked how Dark Horse and Corben included his notes and some sketches along with Poe's poem itself to aid in the read. Without them this comic would have been a “What the $%@# was that?” comic, but with their reference everyone can understand and enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Nov 21, 2012

    I can understand the desire to adapt Poe's poems into interesting stories. The author was a master of the horror story. Likewise, his poems evoke such dark images that a mere reading sends the mind racing. Unfortunately, this comic felt rushed. None of the elements connected, and even the attempt at gore did provide much revulsion. Pass on this and just go read some Poe instead. Read Full Review

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