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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Comic Review: House of Montressor from Action Lab

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz

132 pgs. / Rated. T / FC $19.99 
Action Lab
Read Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic classic, THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO, and a new sequel, THE HOUSE OF MONTRESOR, collected together in this trade paperback!

Decades have passed since Lord Fortunato’s mysterious disappearance and Edana Fortunato is her family’s sole surviving heir. Before she inherits, Edana is summoned to the family estate to meet her guardian, the enigmatic Count Montresor. She embarks on the journey, unprepared for secrets still to be revealed, unaware that a killer has set the stage for one final act of revenge.

This collection opens with a comic adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story Cask of Amontilladoand House of Montressor issues 1-4 follow. House of Montressor serves as a sequel to Cask using the characters of Fortunato and Montressor as inspiration. Montressor invites Edana Fortunato, the granddaughter of ill-fated Fortunato, to his estate under the guise of dispensing her inheritance. She must remain in the estate for the full month leading to her 25th birthday before she can collect. However, Edana is in residence only a short time before she realizes she and her travelling companion Ingrid are in grave danger.

Jang’s story is compelling and dark. She uses the ideas of the original tale and spins a web of family betrayal, deceit, and madness. The story is in keeping with Poe’s tales of dark treachery. Strutz’s artwork is a fine compliment to Jang’s story. It’s dark and dismal creating a perfect mood for the unfolding tale. Overall, I found the story unfolds rather quickly and could’ve perhaps been more fully developed. The artwork was so dark and, at times, frantic, I had some difficulty following the flow of the story.

In the end, the story is bleak and unforgiving, much like the original. If you’re a Poe fan, I encourage you to check out this collection. It was a rather quick and entertaining read.

4 sheep

Bianca Greenwood

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