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Edgar Allan Poe's gothic tale of the crumbling Usher mansion -- and its ghastly inhabitants -- comes to life as never before in this one of a kind graphic novel adaptation.


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Edgar Allan Poe's gothic tale of the crumbling Usher mansion -- and its ghastly inhabitants -- comes to life as never before in this one of a kind graphic novel adaptation.

30 review for The Fall of the House of Usher (graphic novel)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jj

    I just love how Manning retold Edgar Allan Poe classical story, and the art work was beautiful and realistic. The Fall of the House of Usher, is about a man name Roderick. Who lives with his sick sister, Madelyn. Eventually he calls his only friend Edgar. From the time Edgar comes into the picture, stranger things start to happen.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    One of the best books of Edgar Allan Poe!

  3. 4 out of 5

    David Meditationseed

    Beautiful work for an awesome tale Poe's narrative is so genius that even though some scenes may look like Standards from so many films and books that were inspired by his works, his texts are creepy and once we focus on reading and meditate on the scenes, they become a beauty sublime. Usher's house is like this: a haunted place, surrounded by a frightened atmosphere, with people who look like ghosts all spinning in a sort of delirium between dream and wakefulness where realities mingle accordin Beautiful work for an awesome tale Poe's narrative is so genius that even though some scenes may look like Standards from so many films and books that were inspired by his works, his texts are creepy and once we focus on reading and meditate on the scenes, they become a beauty sublime. Usher's house is like this: a haunted place, surrounded by a frightened atmosphere, with people who look like ghosts all spinning in a sort of delirium between dream and wakefulness where realities mingle according to our perception. Its a good place to spend some time, isn't ? :) A tale to read at night, alone at home and with a candle lit. If possible with a rain outside or a full moon in the sky.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    The art and style of this graphic novel is the strength of the work. The scale of the panels is impressive. There are some two page representations of the scenes that are on an impressive scale, including the introduction to the Gothic mansion on pages 8 and 9. There are also some interesting shifts in presentation, such as on page 17 where the two main characters are only suggested through outline and strokes. The sheen of the pages are also attractive. The light seems to be both reflected and The art and style of this graphic novel is the strength of the work. The scale of the panels is impressive. There are some two page representations of the scenes that are on an impressive scale, including the introduction to the Gothic mansion on pages 8 and 9. There are also some interesting shifts in presentation, such as on page 17 where the two main characters are only suggested through outline and strokes. The sheen of the pages are also attractive. The light seems to be both reflected and captured on the page, adding an interesting layer to the artwork.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    As per "The Pit and the Pendulum" in graphic novel format, I really enjoyed reading the story via this medium. The original is so intense and spooky in its own right, and the artwork here brings it to life in a different way. Really enjoyable...and seriously thinking about buying more for the school collection - will be promoting these to the students, now I've read them! :-)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lily Newman

    The details are amazing! Even though it's short it's still exciting and interesting. I would recommend it for people that like mystery and comics. It creates suspense and eerie in the story because of the colors and shading. I wish it would be longer but it's still a good book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This book fell flat to me and I found that the graphic novel didn't convey the creepiness of the story. The story however did intrigue me and I would be interested in reading the original story as I would imagine it to be more immersive as a spooky read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Amazing art to accompany Poes amazing story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Pretty cool graphic novel retelling, like the green mist that seems to entwine through everything and symbolizes the madness within

  10. 5 out of 5

    MC Hall

    For what it was, I really enjoyed it. Great art work.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Such a creepy story!!! And honestly, still confusing, even in this wonderful simplified version but so good if you like Poe!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    CJ

    Quick read, interesting art, and gets you thinking a bit!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The ending feel flat for me but otherwise I liked the visual aspect and enjoyed how it was told.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Comfort

    Haven't read this story before...interesting ending.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Santiago

    it was good

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Durham

    This was not a good graphic novel. The dialogue was barely present, and the story just fell flat. This is in no way attacking the poem by Poe, but I just did not find this a good adaptation.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    I did this for a book bingo challenge and I used my free space on holiday read because this has to be better than a Christmas novel. Or maybe I don't like graphic novels either. 🤷‍♀️

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Hugo

    I add this to my shelf only because it's my first ever graphic novel. Wait! No it's not; I read Persepolis. Oh well. The awesome media specialist at my school created a "speed dating" activity for books for Valentine's Day and my class participated; this was the book I read for that activity. I don't know if I'd read more graphic novels (I really prefer words to pictures in books), but at least I used my time wisely.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    The graphic novel adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of User retold by Matthew Manning successfully mirrors the original short story. The illustrations are beautiful and realistic. Additionally, the thematic use of green (almost like a puss-filled wound) is interesting and draws the reader in for closer inspection. Middle grade students can’t resist reading about a haunted house with a dreary landscape, mysterious illness, and strange characters! Terror lies beneath the surfac The graphic novel adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of User retold by Matthew Manning successfully mirrors the original short story. The illustrations are beautiful and realistic. Additionally, the thematic use of green (almost like a puss-filled wound) is interesting and draws the reader in for closer inspection. Middle grade students can’t resist reading about a haunted house with a dreary landscape, mysterious illness, and strange characters! Terror lies beneath the surface, but the element of Goth is identifiable. The fully illustrated graphic novel is a seamless gateway to Poe’s narrative. Teachers will be pleased to find the Visual Questions at the end of the book which might spark classroom discussion. Also found in the back of the book is information about Poe’s life, a small glossary, and a listing of further works by Poe in graphic novel adaptations.

  20. 5 out of 5

    katyjanereads

    1. I loved the black and green juxtaposition of the colors in this graphic novel. 2. Green here represents evil, nature, and sickness. Ivy chokes out other plants like the house is choking out the people living in it. Poison ivy is poisonous and can spread. Just like the house is poisoning it's people. 3. The Fall of the House of Usher means both the literal house falling at the end and the death of both Ushers. 4. I love a good creepy story and this didn't disappoint. Especially the creepy siste 1. I loved the black and green juxtaposition of the colors in this graphic novel. 2. Green here represents evil, nature, and sickness. Ivy chokes out other plants like the house is choking out the people living in it. Poison ivy is poisonous and can spread. Just like the house is poisoning it's people. 3. The Fall of the House of Usher means both the literal house falling at the end and the death of both Ushers. 4. I love a good creepy story and this didn't disappoint. Especially the creepy sister. She obviously went insane first and then infected the brother. The other guy was starting to become infected too before the house fell and saved him.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angela Blount

    I was slightly less fond of this graphic adaptation than I was of The Telltale Heart. It may be a simple matter of the greenish cast in the artwork and the story itself holding less appeal. But on the whole, there was less tension and more confusion, culminating in an inexplicable end that new readers are unlikely to see coming. The book has the added benefit of asking questions at the end that directly relate to the chosen artistic depictions. I could see this graphic novel as a strong tactical I was slightly less fond of this graphic adaptation than I was of The Telltale Heart. It may be a simple matter of the greenish cast in the artwork and the story itself holding less appeal. But on the whole, there was less tension and more confusion, culminating in an inexplicable end that new readers are unlikely to see coming. The book has the added benefit of asking questions at the end that directly relate to the chosen artistic depictions. I could see this graphic novel as a strong tactical resource in breaking down Poe's work for teenagers.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kalimah Mustafa

    While this was an fine graphic retelling, I just wasn't crazy about it. I did enjoy the art style, however I found it garishly horrific from the beginning, when Poe traditionally plays on the uncanny for a long time before his gory climax. I enjoyed it fine, and it stays pretty true to the story, but a lot of the magic is lost in translation.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wild-Rogue-Rose

    I have to admit, this is one Poe I am not previously familiar with, so I would not be a good judge on it's transition to graphic novel. I will admit, it was eerie and the coiling green through out intrigued me greatly.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Derek Royal

    A more or less straight and faithful attempt to adapt Poe's classic short story. Nothing special about it, except for Jimenz's use of color. The way he uses green thematically is interesting, perhaps the one thing that would make this comic -- clearly meant for younger readers -- stand out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Davonna Juroe

    Fun to see Poe's "Usher" come to life visually. Definitely one of my favorites of his work. Just wish this could've been a little bit longer. Although, understandably one can only expand a short story so far. Definitely recommend for all those who love Gothic literature.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    another wonderful graphic novel of a Poe classic

  27. 5 out of 5

    Galion Public Library Teens

    Review by K.W.: "I love that a zombie popped out of nowhere. Edgar Allan Poe fans would love this book."

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This is well drawn for a darker children's graphic novel and does a decent job capturing the original story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    See review for The Pit and the Pendulum See review for The Pit and the Pendulum

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    The illustrations and the adaptation of the story create and fantastically absorbing atmosphere. A great version of the tale.

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