Secret of Poe revealed this July

Edgar Allen Poe is an American horror writer. Probably one of the first. But I don't have to tell you that, as I'm assuming you already know that. Boom! Studios is taking a slightly different track with Poe's works in an upcoming comic aptly called Poe. Poe #1, due in stores this July, starts a four-issue series looking at Poe's relationship with characters from his works. These works include The Raven and the Mask of the Red Death, and will be told in a fashion similar to that of Shakespeare in Love. And Marketing and Sales Director Chip Mosher thinks very highly of the book: "Whatever you are thinking, think again. This book will grab you by the throat, shake you around and toss you across the room. It is that good. " The book has been said to do for Poe what the recent Sherlock Holmes "reboot" did. So chances are if you like that, then you'll like this. The book will be written by J. Barton Mitchell and features art by Dean Kotz. Declan Shalvey and Jeffery Spokes provide the two covers. Full press release and interiors (and alternate cover) below. THE SECRET BEHIND "POE" WILL BE REVEALED THIS JULY. "Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before." - Edgar Allan Poe May 18th, 2009 - Los Angeles, CA - Many know Edgar Allen Poe as not only the father of modern horror, but also the creator of the detective genre. But did you know he was a detective himself? Enter the world of new BOOM! Studios series POE and follow the famous author of darkness as he tracks a supernatural killer ravaging the streets of Baltimore! Written by skilled newcomer J. Barton Mitchell, POE #1 features art by fan-favorite Dean Kotz and sports two variant covers by superstars Declan Shalvey -- artist on the Eagle award-winning HERO KILLERS -- and IRREDEEMABLE cover artist Jeffery Spokes! "This is one of the most unique ideas I've seen cross my table" said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid. "There's always so much about our classic writers we don't know, and examining their works and their history can reveal new information, but that's hardly any fun! POE is alternate history with a horror twist, and is perfect for fans of mysteries." BOOM!'s new four issue mini-series reveals Poe's relationship with famous characters and stories from his body of work -- like The Raven, the Mask of the Red Death, and many more! Similar to the way SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE showed how William Shakespeare was inspired by his own life events to create some of his creative masterworks, POE takes Edgar Allen Poe on a supernatural adventure that proves to be the fodder for his life's greatest accomplishments in literature. "Poe's Dupin predates Sherlock Holmes, who many attribute to be the first great detective," said POE writer J. Barton Mitchell. "But Holmes borrows from Poe's formula, a man trapped by a system of man and murder, and trying to rationalize his way out. I think POE gives us the perfect opportunity to look not only at our pulpy genres, but also take a look in the mirror." "Whatever you are thinking, think again," Marketing and Sales Director Chip Mosher. "This book will grab you by the throat, shake you around and toss you across the room. It is that good. " POE #1 is written by J. Barton Mitchell, features art by Dean Kotz features two variant covers by Declan Shalvey and Jeffery Spokes, Diamond Order Code: MAY090723 About BOOM! Studios BOOM! Studios ( is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company's FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM! Kids, with Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney's THE MUPPETS. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fourth anniversary.