The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of EDGAR ALLAN POE’S MORELLA AND THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE from Dark Horse Comics. The stories are adapted and illustrated by Richard Corben, with colors by Beth Corben Reed and Richard Corben, and lettering by Nate Piekos of Blambot. The original stories are by Edgar Allan Poe.
In “Morella,” Myron’s love-hate relationship with Morella comes to at end with her death. He is shocked to find out that not only that he has a step-daughter, but she is the splitting image for her deceased wife. But what secret is this young woman hiding?
In “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” the recent event has confounded the police, but not Dupin. He and his colleague Beluc continue their investigation to place the final pieces to the puzzle. What they don’t know is the dangers await them.
Corben continues to adapt the classic works of Edgar Allan Poe and we are the beneficiaries. I’m not a big reader of Poe’s works, so I can’t tell you how close Corben was to the source material. However, these are great little stories that would be perfect for younger readers to get interested in reading the original tales. What can I say about Corben’s art that hasn't been said? It’s stunningly beautiful; a stark contrast to the dark, ugly tales that it visualizes.
EDGAR ALLAN POE’S MORELLA AND THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE is in stores now, or available for ordering at www.darkhorse.com.