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on 10 December 2011
"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. His designs of Lovecraft's world were flawless and the gallery at the end of the book just shows that someone who isn't publishing his work with Lovecraft's is missing a trick. His choice to draw the book in four horizontal length panels per page really paid off - it felt like watching a movie at times.
This is an excellent comic book of fantasy and horror that references the work of one of the best horror writers of all time, hopefully renewing Lovecraft's work for new readers curious to see where Moore drew his inspiration from.