Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher #1
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Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher #1

Writer: Richard Corben Artist: Richard Corben Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 15, 2013 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
7.8Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

Corben adapts Poe!

A sickness resides in the house of Usher. Its history is cursed, its tenants plagued by abominable love, and it’s hallways lined with coffins and the rotted dead.

Things are about to get worse.

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Sean M. Thompson May 17, 2013

    A distinct artistic style, and interesting adaptation choices make this issue a definite must for Poe fans, and definitely a must for Corben fans. The atmosphere created is entirely immersive, even with an old lady randomly popping into the panels to spout bad puns at the beginning and end. I would go on to say this actually added to the charm. This comic is a lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray May 19, 2013

    Richard Corben's art, which earned him a place in the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame last year, is masterful. He brings his Heavy Metal aesthetic, honed through years of Eerie and Creepy, and creates something that is both entirely Poe and unmistakably his own. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Zack Davisson May 14, 2013

    I love that Corben includes his sketchbook and notes in this single issue. Often, these things are reserved for the collected edition, and they make such a huge difference especially with a unique artist like Richard Corben. I am an enthusiastic Corben fan, and I love seeing how he creates his world, how he starts with something normal and slowly morphs it into the Corben style. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White May 16, 2013

    All told, this is an absorbing and inventive issue, and about as fresh a take on (the first half of) a Poe story as you could possibly ask for. And while I think we all know where this tale is going, the second issue is bound to add even more surprising nuances to this horror classic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Sean A. Guynes Jun 19, 2013

    Creepy. That truly is the best way to describe Corben's eerie adaptation on the whole, both story and art, all of it seeps through the pages and into the mind like an unforgettable horror story populated with too eccentric madmen and unnerving twists. And while the dialogue is at times awkward, at least for someone who greatly enjoyed the original, I would contend that Richard Corben's Fall of the House of Usher will be remembered for some time, and if ever I get the chance to teach Poe, my students will surely also be reading this adaptation. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell May 22, 2013

    Make sure to check this out. Even if the story is vaguely familiar, Corben gives it a few twists. Plus, its amazing to see how a masterfully Corben is able to perfectly calibrate the emotional reaction between horrifying and merely unsettling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis May 16, 2013

    Just like he did with “The Conqueror Worm,” Richard Corben delivers another truly terrifying interpretation of Poe's works. Readers will definitely be impressed by what Corben has artistically achieved in his faithful adaptation of “Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher.” Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell May 15, 2013

    Corben crafts a spooky story that may just top the Poe original. With a combination story that fits together seamlessly and some creepy artwork, this is one for Poe fans new and old. Corben has done something unique, so it will be interesting to see how the last part pays off 4/5 Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Ashley Olien May 15, 2013

    I thought that the art was pretty solid, however. Corbin definately has a distinct style that really suited the story. It isn't necessarily my favorite style, but it worked for the book and did a good job of telling the story. There were some things about this comic that really bothered me, but there were also some things I liked. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but I have no doubt that, with the right audience, this story would go over pretty well. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig May 15, 2013

    The story leaves us at a cliff hanger of why Madeline died. Also, we get a little hint about who the narrator may be. Then the comic gives us some art and some explanations for the art. When reading about the painting it stated that this story is a combination of Poe’s Usher story and “The Oval Portrait.” It made a little bit more sense of the story line, but maybe that should have been a forewarning. I understand that the comic can create something more than what Poe did, but I think I prefer Poe’s story better. The imagination is what makes it so unique and this comic lacked that of what our minds can create. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GreyMouser May 21, 2013

    . . $3.50. 22pgs. + 4pgs. backup. Only 1 AD @ back! . . . Corben brings us nother fantastic Poe adaptation, and this time is Fantastic COLOR! A blend of the titular material and "The Oval Portrait", Corben excels and masters the page. His Art and colors are just wonderful to absorb. And jesus fuck Samantha, geta clue... its a two- parter!

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