The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #4
Written by: Dwight MacPherson
Art by: Luis Czerniawski and Andrea Messi
Published by: Hocus Pocus Comics

Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

There’s almost a finality to The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #4 where, if it were written by a lesser writer, you would think that this issue was the end of the story. Now I’m well aware that this is a 12 issue series and also aware that the writer is a powerhouse. So I know there is more to come – both because there are 8 more issues to go AND that Dwight MacPherson has much more up his sleeve.

Both main characters are pretty much screwed at this point of the story. There is Poo – the diminutive version of Edgar Allan Poe – who is stuck in a cave with a bunch of ugly troll dudes who want to just eat him and Irving the Rat. These trolls are about 15 to 20 feet high so they can eat Poo like he was a Chicken McNugget.

As for Edgar Allan Poe, he is no longer on Earth and is trying to figure out what is going on around him. Poe is now a prisoner of the Nightmare King who has grandiose plans for our favorite writer. The Nightmare King doesn’t seem to want to kill Poe. At least not yet. But the king and his lackeys are torturing Poe and possibly sucking out the poor man’s soul.

Not that this adventure has been easy over the past three issues but issue four definitely hits a low point for the characters as they seem stuck in a place they are incapable of getting away from. This being a comic book with eight issues left you know that the adversity may probably short lived. It could totally not be the case but as I read I was happy to see Poo step up his game and prove to be a worthy adversary.

Will Poe be able to survive the Nightmare King? Will he die? Will Poo become Poe? Will Poo save the day? Will Poo save Poe? The questions are answered here and I liked the resolutions. I’m just wondering where it all goes from here, but with MacPherson driving I’m not worried.

I’m continuing to love the Edgar Allan Poe redux and find it leagues beyond its original incarnation. The writing is sharp and Luis Czerniawski’s art is killing it. I think the true MVP of this issue is colorist Andrea Messi. There are so many panels here with some incredible coloring that I can’t believe what she is able to accomplish. The book is already good but Messi comes along and makes it outstanding. Overall this is another outstanding issue and I really can’t wait to see what comes next.


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