Publisher: Titan Books
Writer: Roman Dirge
Artist: Roman Dirge
Review by: Thomas Braaksma
Edgar Allen Poe’s characters have been parodied, re-imagined and of course blatantly ripped off throughout the years. Lenore: Noogies is Roman Dirge’s own Goth-inspired interpretation of one of Poe’s beloved characters from “Lenore” and also a name in “The Raven.” Unfortunately, Noogies takes a character of Poe’s and turns it into a morbid Goth fantasy of childish proportions.
The comparisons between Roman’s Lenore and Poe’s original begin and end right here – with the name and the fact that both of them are dead. Lenore is the “cute little dead girl” that fills the pages of this collection of the first four volumes of Dirge’s comic strip. The book as a whole is a reworked and updated color version of the collected short stories, but the content of the collection deems this update unnecessary. It’s not that Lenore was already at is highest standards, but that there is no need to rework these juvenile, morbid stories of a little dead girl. (more…)