Welcome to the weekend feature that stars Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga!
The city of Paris wakes to news of a shocking double murder, and what’s worse, it seems to have been impossible: the upper-story room was locked from the inside, and though witnesses heard the murderer speak, it was in an unknown language! With an innocent man imprisoned and the police stumped, only Dupin and his ingenious mind can unravel the puzzle. Also features thrilling adaptations of The Mystery of Mary Roget and The Gold Bug, two classics of the mystery genre.
If you read and appreciated Poe’s original stories you would likely find this illustrated re-imagining enjoyable but don’t expect that same feeling you would get from reading Poe’s work. I have always been a fan of his dark fiction and this graphic novel definitely delivers an element of that. However, I found it a bit more playful than I expected. Perhaps, that was just my interpretation of the illustrations or maybe it was done this way to appeal more to the targeted age range – either way it worked for me and and I think it will for teens that may pick this up hoping to get a taste of E.A. Poe. This volume contains: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Gold-Bug, and The Mystery of Marie Roget. Having never read these particular three stories originally written by Poe I have no idea whether these were excellent adaptations or not – but whether you have read them or haven’t I think they would regardless be just as enjoyable.
Art – 5 stars – Expressive characters and excellent artwork.
Story – 4 stars – It’s Poe come on!
Overall – 4 stars – An excellent graphic novel adaptation of some beloved classic short stories!
What would you do if you had a time machine? Bet on sporting events? Assassinate all the evildoers of history? Or maybe try to fix all the mistakes and regrets that have haunted you all these years? Join Jess as she travels back in time to share her wisdom with her naive younger self, stand up to bullies who terrorized her child self, and teach her horny teenage self a thing or two! What begins as a raunchy adventure in teen wish fulfillment grows into a thoughtful story about memory, regret, and growing up. One time machine, one frustrated girl, one sexy futuristic jumpsuit… infinite possibilities!
What the heck wouldn’t I try if I had a time machine? As for going back and fixing past mistakes or trying to teach myself a thing or two – I really don’t know. Heck, I doubt I’d WANT to go back and witness all that madness again and be forced to watch it! *shivers* At first silly and this little graphic novel buds into what ends up being a very interesting piece about learning about yourself and maybe even accepting that person. This contains sexual content of the not explicit kind. Those that enjoy a good chuckle or two here and there with the not too naughty comics will probably get a few smirks out of this. Jess Fink does a good job of poking fun at herself without taking anything too seriously and yet still managing to put across a slightly serious message beneath the humor.
Art – 3.5 stars – Fun, simple comic strip style art
Story– 4 stars
Overall – 4 stars – Funny, introspective and so much more enjoyable than you’d think at first glane!