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Alan Moore's Neonomicon (Avatar) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Alan Moore , William Christensen , Jacen Burrows
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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25 Nov 2011 Avatar
Comic s legend Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) and artist Jacen Burrows deliver a chilling tale of Lovecraftian horror! Brears and Lamper, two FBI agents, investigate ritual murders somehow tied to the final undercover assignment of Aldo Sax the once golden boy of the Bureau! Neonomicon collects Moore's 2010 series including his original story, The Courtyard.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press; First Printing edition (25 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592911307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592911301
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16.3 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Borders on essential reading for fans of Lovecraft and the Cthulhu mythos... It's a deeply unnerving read that grips you while it puts the fear of the Elder gods up you." --Graeme's Fantasy Book Review

"Impossibly vile visuals and scenarios that stay with you long after the pages have stopped turning." --Sci-Fi Now

"Neonomicon is a very well written story and it's one that you will most likely want to read more than once... Jacen Burrows (Crossed) drew Neonomicon and it looks great... It's huge and terrifying and so much more that I can't believe he fit everything on those few panels." --HorrorTalk

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Alan Moore is one of the most admired writers in comics today. His credits include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Swamp Thing, V For Vendetta and Watchmen. Jacen Burrows has worked with Garth Ennis (Chronicles of Wormwood, Crossed), Warren Ellis (Scars), and Alan Moore (The Courtyard, Neonomicon).

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and harrowing 25 Nov 2011
By The Emperor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This consists of the Courtyard (previously published as a graphic novel) and the four issues of Neonomicon series.

Probably best not to read the blurb on the back cover as it does give away the plot of the Courtyard.
This is definitely an adult comic and bits of it were disturbing. I thought at times maybe it was slightly too explicit.

To get the most out of it you might need some knowledge of H.P. Lovecraft. That will likely explain why the book is so explicit in certain areas.

This isn't Moore's best work but I still enjoyed it. The plot is much less straightforward than it seems at first and as usual it is impressive how it all ties together.

The artwork does a very good job. Maybe the faces could do with a bit more variety but I thought that Jacen Burrows did a very credible job, especially with some of the more unearthly characters.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explicit exploration of H.P. Lovecraft's world 28 Nov 2011
By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love the eldritch writings of H.P. Lovecraft & also love the imaginative redefining of established genres by Alan Moore. And I utterly adored Moore's reworking of Lovecraft's stories in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (particularly the encounter between an ancient evil & Jeeves & Wooster), so this was a must-buy!

By way of introduction, this volume contains The Courtyard & is followed by its longer sequel, Neonomicon. When several unconnected people suddenly become killers who mutilate their victims in an identical, ritualised way, the FBI naturally take an interest. What they find is, as Lovecraft would say, "indescribable!"

Many elements of Moore's recent works are in evidence - magickal awakenings reminiscent of Promethea & some sexually explicit material which brings to mind Lost Girls & 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom. Add to that some downright nasty elements & you can appreciate that this one is very much for adults only.

If you're not familiar with Lovecraft's work, then what you'll probably get from this is a particularly dirty horror story, beautifully illustrated by Jacen Burrows but flawed in places (the police procedurals are inaccurately sloppy for the sake of the plot & one of Burrows' splash pages doesn't quite work for me).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By James
Format:Paperback
Having been a fan of Lovecraft's work for some time, I have often hoped to see a comic or film that properly captures the feel and mind-bending twists that Lovecraft often achieves in his writings. The vast majority of adaptations I have seen in print to date have fallen flat at the basic art level, letalone the adaptation of plot. This led me to purchase Neonomicon on a whim as the artwork seemed the best and most fitting I had seen yet. I hoped for a good story to accompany the art style, and I was not dissapointed.

I had minor misgivings about a few of the name drops and puns in the early stages of the comic, but these proved quite fitting after completing the comic (so dont let the early puns such as "the ulthar cats" band put you off). The plot is not adapted specifically from a Lovecraft novel, so does not have any restraint in how it tells the story. This certainly does it a lot of credit. Without giving away any plot details, it has the same eerie feel and descriptive nature as Lovecraft's writing placed into a modern setting. Old one language is certainly common with significance too, and certain twists in the story have since added a new dimension when I read Lovecraft in more recent times.

As mentioned earlier, the art style is very detailed and fits incredibly well for the feel of the writing. Furthermore, the more abstract parts of the comic are very well drawn. I was particularly pleased to see a Lovecraftian horror given form that actually invokes a proper reaction and feel to the creature portrayed.

The comic is by no means perfect however. There are certain aspects to the story which are brilliant, but these also segue into a development that I personally thought should have been developed or expanded upon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neo-Moore 10 Dec 2011
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
"Neonomicon" follows up "Alan Moore's The Courtyard" which was a comic book written by Antony Johnston based upon a short story by Moore, and drawn by the incomparable Jacen Burrows. This time Moore takes over writing duties and Burrows returns to once again lend his enormous talent to the art.

Not that you need to purchase "The Courtyard" as it's included with "Neonomicon" picking up the strand where it ended ambiguously on the face of the protagonist who has looked into the strange world beyond this one. It turns out he went mad, killed a load of people and is now safely locked up in a prison for the criminally insane, speaking an incomprehensible language.

The Mulder and Scully combo that follow up his case get taken back to the setting of "The Courtyard" and into a strange underground society based around the work of HP Lovecraft - or is the world Lovecraft described actually real?

"Neonomicon" is the most entertaining Alan Moore book I've read in a while. He's finally come back from his weird Tom Strong trip and put together this bizarre Lovecraftian story that's pretty damn good.

While some of the dialogue was a bit unrealistic - Moore choosing to shoehorn esoteric references to early twentieth century black magic practitioners and obscure fantasy writers into casual conversation between two federal agents between scenes - it was a minor point that could be overlooked (thought kind of ironic as Moore has one of his characters say that Lovecraft wasn't much of a writer).

Jacen Burrows' artwork continues to be entrancing, he really made the book come to life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Disappointingly not as scary as it was built up to be, and certainly quite an abrupt ending.
Published 10 days ago by Mr. Derek Law
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!
Not familiar with Alan Moore so thought I would give this a try. Never again. This is misogynistic crap and the product of a sick mind.
Published 2 months ago by M. SIMMONS
2.0 out of 5 stars What the hell did I just read....
Okay, I'm a big fan of Alan Moore and H.P Lovecraft so I was looking forward to this, expecting a subtle horror playing of the mind and creating fear in the shadows. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patrick Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars The Courtyard and the other story
This volume includes the short story "The Courtyard" and its sequel. The Courtyard is brilliant and disturbing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andre Falcao
2.0 out of 5 stars H.P. Lovecraft?...more like P.C.P. Lurvecraft
Social voyeurism of the most negative kind. Squalor, sex, foul language, drugs, racism and murder. No doubt intended to shock but ultimately boring because of a very simplistic... Read more
Published 11 months ago by chick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Really enjoyed it. The illustration was great and the story line kept me hooked. I want more!
Be warned you might not want to read it on the train, got a few strange looks.
Published 14 months ago by Vic
1.0 out of 5 stars HP Lovecraft Deserves Better Than This
As a huge Lovecraft fan and an admirer (for the most part) of Alan Moore's work I was really looking forward to this. Boy was I disappointed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Space Zombie
2.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
Was expecting a good Alan Moore GN, what i found was a disturbing read and even more disturbing art work! Although a bit short, it was enjoyable!
Published 16 months ago by Anti-Hegemony
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying
This one will stay with me forever. Not for the faint of heart and definitely for a hardy audience. Terrifying, absouloutley and utterly terrifying.
Published 16 months ago by Henry.
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