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Easily the best lovecraft inspired comic to date.,
This review is from: Alan Moore Neonomicon TPB (Avatar) (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. The female lead is a complicated character, and one whom I felt was well written. However, there are certain moments where her reaction to stimuli seem slightly uncharacteristic or unbelievable. These moments are very far and few between however, and do have reason for happening.
Overall, I was very pleased with this comic and would be glad to see a lot more like it on the market. I strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a Lovecraft inspired work that isnt just a badly drawn hash of a pre-existing story.