Review: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall Of The House Of Usher #2
When the dead come to us in dream, in search of the truth, all manner of horrors are revealed. To save the dignity of a dead woman, Herbert must destroy the painting that killed her. But her brother is not ready to let her go . . .
The finale of Dark Horse’s new two issue series from legendary illustrator Richard Corben based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” and another story called “The Oval Portrait” comes out today. The story is written and illustrated by Corben with Nate Piekos of Blambot being the only other hands on the book with his lettering. We looked at the first story last month and it was good. Is the finale worth the wait or are your expectations going to drop faster than the house of Usher?
At the end of the first installment, Roderick’s sister fell dead after he had completed his weird and mysterious painting of her. Roderick, Webber, and Allan take her down to the basement of the manor, which is serving as the family’s mausoleum until Roderick can relocate the bodies. Roderick acts even more creepy than usual when laying his sister’s body to rest, but he tells Allan that the coffin must be screwed shut and his sister left alone, in the dark, to find her peace. Later Allan awakes from a terrible dream and remembers his conversation with the sister a few nights ago. He finds one of her notes asking for his help. She has told him if anything happens to her, he must destroy the painting. Allan rushes down to the basement to find that it has been sealed up and Roderick’s sister was never truly dead. A fight ensues as Allan tries to destroy the painting, but Roderick will not let his prize be taken so easily. As the madness goes on inside the house, the outside starts to crumble.
Corben writes a strong story. Taken as a whole it’s a very macabre and creepy story that even tops the original Poe works on which he bases the story. However taken as a single issue, the second issue feels rushed and is read rather quickly. I try to give brief summaries of the story in my review, but the paragraph above is the entire story. The art is fantastic though. Everything elevates the level of creepiness and horror for a story that is already swimming in it.
Bottom Line: Corben’s House of Usher was a good story, but it feels like it should have just been collected into one book. The finale happens rather quickly and doesn’t feel like a full meal. It will benefit greatly if you read it all at once. 3/5