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Lovecraft Hardcover – 1 Jan 2000
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Although I usually can't abide stories where HPL is the protagonist or his fiction is presented as the truth, I suspended that bias for this book. The author takes pieces of HPL's life such as his father's illness, his wearing girl's clothing, the Kalem club, his meeting Sonia Green etc and weaves them into the story. Young Howard actually has a copy of the Necronomicon and the monsters are all real, trying to use him as a means of opening the gate. Encounters with these terrible creatures caused all the major events of his life and also inspired all of his choices in writing.
Mostly I enjoyed this effort; don't expect it to rise above the level of a comic book. It is not a masterpiece for the ages, but it is a very well done graphic novel. I liked the art for the most part but the pictures of HPL, particularly as a child, never seemed to rise above the level of a caricature. The monsters and nicely horrific and worth seeing; the creators did not shy away from sex and gore (although it is all very tasteful).
In the pantheon of Cthulhu mythos comics I give Lovecraft by Rodionoff a favorable rating. For adaptations of HPL's stories I rate the series Haunt of Horror the highest. Worlds of HP Lovecraft is OK and the Graphic Classics Lovecraft issue was pretty weak. For original comic book stories, I liked Fall of Cthulhu better, at least until the last year or so worth of issues, where that story sort of petered out. I tend to enjoy one or two stories in each issue of Cthulhu Tales, although some of that series is pretty weak. Yuggoth Creatures from Avatar Press was quite good, as was Arkham Woods, a very readable manga. Only the End of the World Again has a great story by Neil Gaiman but weak art. The Miskatonic Project is a click lower. Necronomicon and Nyarlathotep from Boom Studios aren't as successful. For me, the very best Cthulhu mythos associated comic was Alan Moore's The Courtyard. I particularly like the color edition.