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Nevermore (Classical Eye)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  341 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
s/t: A Graphic Novel Anthology of Edgar Allan Poe's Short Stories
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Self Made Hero
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Caidyn
What can I say? Some of these were really good, some of them were pretty sucky. Since this is an anthology with different people adapting the stories and also different people doing the art, there's a lot of diversity to it. Most of them are changed and modernized in some way. Some of the art is really realistic, some really cartoon-like. The stories I liked were ones that stuck closely to the original story, had semi-realistic art, and also were generally stories I really enjoyed by Poe in the ...more
The_Mad_Swede
Jul 18, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, horror, anthology, 2016
I like Edgar Allan Poe's short fiction, and I have enjoyed various comics and film adaptations of his works, but this volume leaves a bit cold. It is not that these adaptations (whether viewed strictly as adapted material or merely as stories in their own right) are all bad, but there are far too many instances of mediocrity and fumbling for my liking. For instance, while working my way through the volume, I remarked on at least two occasions that a piece managed to bungle the ending, which is ...more
Andrew
Mar 29, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it
I picked this book up randomly on my travels yesterday - after all I cannot resist scouring a few book shops. The book is basically a series of personal interpretations of some of the more famous (and a couple less famous) short stories from Edgar Allan Poe 10 in total. Each story has been presented in a different style and manner making the collection quite eclectic. In some circumstances I would have seen this as a negative as that alone emphasises the isolation of each story - the fact that ...more
the gift
if you do not want to reread him... fine adaptations, quick, quirky. (or you can watch the roger corman films)...
C.
Jul 16, 2012 C. rated it liked it
Edgar Allan Poe’s work is nothing new in the annals of graphic noveldom. His work has been adapted more times than I can count, and I always, when I run across such an adaptation, have a look-see. The latest one I’ve run across is NEVERMORE, published in 2008 by Sterling Publishing Co and edited by Dan Whitehead. What makes this particular adaptation different from most of the others I’ve read is those in charge of the adaptations (Jamie Delano, Jeremy Slater, Laura Howell among them) have cast ...more
Decca
Jul 10, 2016 Decca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a difficult book to rate and review because the stories and illustrations were adapted by several different writers and artists. With that being said, there were several stories that I enjoyed but I did not care for the art. The art was so erratic that the stories became muted and ignored. The art worked against the story and left the story feeling unfinished and untold. There were several stories that I did not like and how it was conveyed but the art was great. Overall, there were only ...more
Faryal
May 06, 2014 Faryal rated it it was ok
Nevermore is a 117 page graphic adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories. The graphic novel includes nine of his short stories. Some include Raven, The Black Cat, and The Pit and the Pendulum. The graphic novel adaptations though shorter then the original stories still stuck to the same main premise Edgar Allen Poe originally had intended.
The illustration in each story differed. For example in The Pit and the Pendulum it was extremely realistic yet in The Black Cat the illustrations were u
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Samuel Ch.
Oct 17, 2013 Samuel Ch. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
Increíble adaptación visual de The Raven que le da una lectura mucho más profunda y oscura a un poema que ya es oscuro y profundo.

Muchas veces, en readaptaciones o reimaginaciones, se aplica la ley de "si no está descompuesto no lo arregles", pero las ilustraciones aquí son magníficas. Cada viñeta merece colgarse en la pared, y además, narra al mismo tiempo una lectura nueva del poema de Allan Poe por medio de secuencias que reproducen casi a perfección los movimientos y gestos de cada personaje
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Sam
Mar 03, 2011 Sam rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, graphic-novel
Not completely sure I liked this book, although some of the stories kept their original text others were changed a little bit too much for my likely even though they did keep the basic premise of tale. The Raven kept the original text although the timing was changed to the modern day but this still worked as the setting was that of a mansion and the man was a rich tycoon so the style and feel of the room was very similar to the original tale. The Facts in the Case of Mr Valdemar were also very ...more
Carmyn
I wasn't a fan of this one. I think a few of the stories were pretty well done, but the detail I failed to notice in picking this book out, was the "adapted" aspect of the stories. In some cases the stories are VASTLY different from their original form... And not just bare bones versions(they are that too), but actual modernization, changing the narrator's gender, time period etc. I think the spirit of the tales remains but overall I would only use this as an extension of Poe-mania if I had a ...more
Leonardo
Nevermore is one of the most amazing Poe adaptations I've seen or read, an amazing "illustrated poem meets a graphic short story" (to give it a name) that brings together Poe's poetry and prose into an uncanny balance of several tales and his most celebrated poem. While picturing the poetic voice of "The Raven" as Poe himself or a Poe-like character is certainly not a novel idea, the balance between the recreation and interpretation of the poem and the graphic plot that gathers some of Poe's ...more
Sue Smith
Feb 27, 2013 Sue Smith rated it really liked it
It's always fascinating to see how different artists 'see' a story and then how they then convey the story back to an audience. This graphic adaption of 9 of Poe's short stories is well worth checking out, with some renditions that hit the mark - getting the horror and the underlying gloom of all of Poe's works. Some were just - meh. Unfortunately the one I looked forward to the most was the biggest disappointment - 'The Fall of the House of Usher' - it was visually too scrambled and didn't ...more
Stephanie Schlandt
When the visitor to Roderick Usher calls him a "d***head", you know you're in for something different. These graphic re-imaginings of Poe's tales, done in all black and white, capture the feel of Poe's stories, but left me wanting more. They are interesting for those already into Poe, who enjoy a fresh take, but would not be good for someone's first, or only, taste of the great author. Several of the tales have been so abbreviated that the characters' step-wise descents into madness, which so ...more
Rachel
Jun 09, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
It's important to note that these are adaptations of Poe's work, and not transcriptions into graphic form. Some of the stories are quite brilliant in their artwork. "Usher," for example, is fascinating and deconstructed, which fits with the theme of the story. "The Raven" is also done well, as is "Mr. Valdemar, " which was a story unfamiliar to me. The downside is that oftentimes the stories feel a bit rushed, to their detriment. "Rue Morgue" is one such tale, and it was quite disappointing. ...more
Adalira Morningstar
I'm a huge Poe fan and my local library recently got this book, so I decided to check it out. While some of the adaptions were a real disappointment - The Masque of Red Death, for example, is my favorite of Poe's short stories and the story has been changed heavily in this book while I really liked the updated versions of The Tell-Tale Heart and The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar.

What made me rate this book so highly was the art - every story had it's own unique style and it's all lovely and
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Oscarverywild
Jul 02, 2016 Oscarverywild rated it did not like it
Ne güzel başlamıştı her şey. Bir şiirin çizgi roman uyarlamasını okurken ümitlenmiştim. (Tek yıldız o çizgi-şiir için) Korkarım Edgar Alan Poe ismi bu kitabı satmak için kullanılmış. Zira kitaptaki hiçbir çizgi öykü Poe'nun anlattığı şekliyle sunulmamış. Öyküleri bozup, yeniden yorumlamışlar. Neyse ki kitaptaki öykülerin orijinallerini okumuştum. Poe ile burada tanışanlara yazık. Çizgi romanları sevmek istiyorsanız devam edin ama Poe'yu kendi kitaplarından okuyun.
Perry
Sep 24, 2013 Perry rated it liked it
I am not a huge fan of Poe's but I still appreciate what he did for literature. Every once in a while a tale of dread and darkness is something I crave. It's cathartic really. Poe is just the man to read if you want to squirm.
The illustrations in this book were every bit as unsettling as the stories. The Fall of the House of Usher segment was wild! All those jagged edges! It made it difficult to see the flow of the story but it was still a fun ride.
Cassy
Jan 31, 2015 Cassy rated it it was ok
While I like the idea of trying to make the works of Edgar Allen Poe more accessible to younger generations by turning The Raven into a graphic novel of sorts, I can't help but think that part of Poe's appeal has always been how easy to read his works are thus negating the necessity of dumbing it down.
Nevermore was nothing more nothing less than The Raven set to pictures. Good for it's original story telling but nothing new.
Nina
Oct 17, 2015 Nina rated it liked it
If you are into graphic novels, I'd say: 'What are you waiting for? Go for it!' The artwork is great! If you are in it for Poe, then I'd suggest you stick to the originals; Tho it's not a complete waste of time to read it - in some of the stories, it's actually quite nice & helpfull to have his story in the back of your head; with others it can be annoying. I guess it all kinda depend on what your experience and/or knowledge about Poe & his stories is :)

Natasha
Feb 11, 2015 Natasha rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
A collection of nine different works by Poe transformed into graphic stories. The artwork for each story is done by a different person so the drawing styles vary quite a bit.

I think the reimagining of some of the stories worked better than others so I'm giving 3 stars, some of them are 2 star stories and one or two might be 4 star stories, so 3 stars for the whole thing seems fair.
Christina A.
Mar 03, 2011 Christina A. rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
Awesome book to use in an English class or for your own entertainment. The graphic reimaginings of Poe pieces are just fun to read if you're already familiar with his work; and if there's a kid in your class who is thisclose to being interested in literature, this book might push him or her over the edge.
Reetta Saine
Jul 26, 2011 Reetta Saine rated it really liked it
Shelves: enkku, kauhu, sarjis
I love Poe, but I don't worship him. That's why I enjoyed this album so much. The writers/artists have boldly gone and modernized poems and stories so that we can recognize them but still get something fresh. And very horrible.



The Tell-Tale Heart was especially disturbing. *creeps*
Rebecca
This felt a little unnecessary, but worth reading if nothing but for the interpretation of "The Pit and the Pendulum." I think that this story was a perfect representation of what graphic novels can do. The words were all Poe, but the pictures were very modern, giving the meaning behind the story all the more poignancy. A nice grouping of stories, but most didn't offer anything new.
Jacqueline
Mar 03, 2011 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
I really enjoy these adaptations of Poe's classic short stories...each one is written and illustrated by someone different and they're amazing! I would definitely share "The Raven" in my classroom, however some adult language is included in a few of other stories.
Heather
Mar 03, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Clever and unique. I think this book will make people want to read the actual stories Poe wrote. It certainly made ME want to! (I checked out a book of short stories this afternoon to catch up on the ones I'd never read!)
Ariel Celeste
Oct 16, 2011 Ariel Celeste rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Whether you love or hate Poe this is an beautiful amazing graphic telling of his most famous tales. Dark, well paced, yearning and dramatic in all the right places. Poe done better. An absolute must read.
Derek Parker
A mixed bag of Poe adaptations, some better than others. One of the stand out aspects of this collection is that the artists all set Poe's stories in contemporary (and in one case, futuristic) contexts.
Lindsay
Nov 24, 2014 Lindsay rated it really liked it
As a relative noob to Poe's work, I really enjoyed each story's preface to the adaptations and graphic depictions of Poe's bleak tales. I found two of the stories' art poorly fit to the tale, but the majority of the graphic adaptations made the stories visually tangible.
Claire
Jun 11, 2013 Claire rated it really liked it
I love graphic adaptations of classics to begin with, this one in particular was extremely refreshing and modern. The collaboration of the different artists and writers exemplifies the saying "no two people will ever read the same book", the interpretations are wonderful!
Matt Hunt
Feb 22, 2016 Matt Hunt rated it did not like it
didn't enjoy this.
too many changes to the stories, rhythm and phrasing chopped up such that a lot of the fun of reading Poe's work was lost.
didn't like the art very much either. too dark (I know, I know, darkness is central to Poe) and difficult to decipher in places.
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The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of ...more
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