Saturday, September 1, 2018

Review of "Berni Wrightson Master of the Macabre, issue #1"

Review of
Berni Wrightson Master of the Macabre, issue #1

Four out of five stars
 This comic opens with the story “The Muck Monster” that is largely a retelling of the story of “Frankenstein’s Monster,” only not nearly as well done as most of the other renditions. I found it boring and tedious, it is largely the reason why I rank the comic with four stars. The second story is called “The Pepper Lake Monster” and while there is a real monster in the lake, it turns out that there are undercurrents among the locals that are used to keep outsiders bent on exploitation from doing so.
 The third and final story is a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic, “The Black Cat.” As a fan of Poe and the disturbed nature of his stories, I was pleased to see this introduction to the works of an underappreciated master of horror in graphic form. I am also a strong proponent of using comics to educate in all fields, including literature, and this story would work very well in later K-12 English classes where the point is to introduce the class to the works of Poe. I enjoyed it so much I read it twice.
 Two of the three stories in this comic are excellent, the first is weak, nowhere near the caliber of the other two.

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